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Foley Hoag LLP

Our Survey Says


Great things—including professional opportunities, pro bono work, and relations with partners—await associates at Foley Hoag. The hiring process emphasizes academic achievement and favors students from law schools near the firm’s Boston headquarters. Candidates should be friendly, collegial, and easygoing to match office settings, where people socialize yet respect personal time. Partners are approachable and they value associates for the work they do. Formal training ebbs after initial, first-year offerings, but helpful and supportive mentors step in to provide guidance to associates wanting to learn. Work assignments are meaningful and interesting, and often include occasions for client interaction. A central staffing system and small teams ensure the even distribution of substantive projects. Foley Hoag’s billable expectation is 1,850 hours per year, though it also seems that the high-level, market bonus only applies when an associate bills 2,000 hours (though a smaller bonus is possible at the lower threshold.) Otherwise, firm salaries match the market. Firm technology is substandard and outdated, and significant improvements are needed. Similarly, wellness efforts are pedestrian, with some counseling resources, fitness incentives, and app-based programs. On the other hand, the firm does pro bono very well, with pro bono coordinators who publicize projects—including corporate, not only litigation—frequently and with unlimited hours that count as billable. Associates recognize that Foley Hoag, with a chief DEI officer and programming, has made some efforts in the diversity field, but that more can be done. Making partner seems eminently possible given mentor guidance and the low associate-to-partner ratio, as long as associates make their hours. Otherwise, many senior associates become counsel.

Foley Hoag LLP

Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 832-1000

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: James Bucking & Jeffrey Collins
Recruiting Chair: Meredith Haviland
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2024)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/wk

Employment Contact

Nicole Archibald, J.D.
Chief Legal Recruiting Officer
(617) 832-7060

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (HQ)
Denver, CO
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Paris, France

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Business Crimes & Government Investigations
Corporate Finance & Securities
Corporate Social Responsibility
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Energy, Technology & Renewables
Environmental Compliance Litigation
General Business Counseling
Government Strategies
Insurance Recovery
International Litigation & Arbitration
Labor & Employment
Licensing & Strategic Alliances
Life Sciences & Health Care
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation & Prosecution
Private Funds
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Estate, Land Use & Development
Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries