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Choate, Hall & Stewart

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About Choate, Hall & Stewart

Since 1899, Choate Hall & Stewart has been a Boston firm through and through. Although smaller in number than its national competitors, Choate attorneys have remained competitive without compromising on the firm’s collaborative mindset and “one office” culture.

Keeping It Local

Choate is a legal force in Massachusetts. The firm is among the Top 5 in Vault’s Best Law Firms in Boston ranking. In an era of megafirm expansion, Choate has dodged the advances of larger firms looking to merge and has held off takeovers to stay in Boston. The firm says its strategy of maintaining its legal team under one roof allows it to "deliver seamless client service" unmatched by firms with a dozen offices around the U.S. The firm's client list—which encompasses national entities like JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Summit Partners, Foundation Medicine, Takeda, and HPE—may provide proof that its strategy has worked.

Focus, Focus, Focus

Choate prides itself in standing apart from other major firms, and one of the ways it does that is through its focused practice areas. Rather than stretching itself thin, the firm specializes in five main areas: complex litigation and investigations; finance and restructuring; life sciences and technology; middle-market private equity/M&A; and wealth management. The firm’s middle-market M&A has been ranked tier 1 by the Legal 500, and the firm has also received tier 1 rankings in Appellate Practice, Biotechnology Law, Corporate Law, and Venture Capital Law by U.S. News Best Law Firms. Showing off its IP strength, multiple partners have been recognized as “IP Stars” by Managing IP. And while the firm serves clients across the nation, it continues to be a leader in Boston—indeed, the firm has achieved tier 1 rankings in 30 practice areas in U.S. News Best Law Firms’ regional Boston rankings, including Corporate Law, M&A, Biotechnology, Patent Law, and a variety of litigation practices.

Not Afraid to Commit

Choate doesn’t play coy when it comes to commitment—the Choate Shared Compact outlines the firm’s “people mission,” including its dedication to providing cutting-edge opportunities and useful training. The Shared Compact defines partners’ commitment to associates as well as associates’ commitment to partners. A vital part of the Shared Compact is the focus on associate feedback. The firm encourages real-time guidance and honors an attorney each quarter who provides stellar feedback, dubbing the attorney a “Feedback All-Star.” And after associates requested a springboard to approach more senior attorneys, the firm implemented “Feedback Fridays” through which associates may attend special Friday events together with another attorney from whom they are seeking feedback.

COVID-19 Update

Choate has maintained our recruiting efforts in full force during the pandemic. Interviews are conducted remotely by video but levels of hiring are at or higher than in previous years.

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 248-5000

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Charles Cheever and William Gelnaw Jr.
Hiring Partners: JP Jaillet and Jennifer Fenn
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
150 - 250
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000 hours

Base Salary

1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
Summer Associate: $3,942/week

Employment Contact

Elaine Bortman
Chief of Legal Recruiting and Talent Development
(617) 248-4748

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA

Major Departments

Complex Investigations & Litigation
Private Equity/M&A
Finance & Restructuring
Life Sciences & Technology Companies
Wealth Management
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.