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2024 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

At a Glance


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About Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises many of the world’s leading corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions on their critical legal needs and business opportunities. With approximately 650 lawyers in North America, the U.K., and Europe, the firm excels in corporate, litigation, real estate, and tax work.

An Impressive Crew

Fried Frank traces its history to the turn of the 20th century when a group of German-Jewish lawyers began practicing in New York City in the 1890s, a time when most New York firms did not employ Jewish lawyers. In 1929, Walter J. Fried (pronounced “Freed”) joined the firm as an associate who focused on real estate law. Fried practiced with the firm until his retirement in 1979. In the 1950s, Fried was a pioneer in the movement to convert rental apartment buildings into co-ops owned by the residents. In 1943, Hans J. Frank joined the firm as an expert in international taxation. Frank had left Germany when Hitler’s laws forbidding Jews to practice law had been enacted.

Growing from its roots in New York City’s German-Jewish business community, the firm established itself in the nation’s capital, opening a Washington, DC, office in 1949. By 1971, name partners Walter Fried, Hans J. Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver, and Leslie Jacobson were all on the masthead. The partners had uniformly impressive resumes—with expertise ranging from tax to real estate to securities—and brought a dedication to civic causes. Sam Harris worked for the SEC in its early days and served as a prosecutor of Nazi war criminals in the Nuremberg trials. Sargent Shriver is known for being the driving force behind the founding of the Peace Corps and serving as its first director.

Keeping It Real

While well respected in both litigation and corporate work, Fried Frank today is widely known for its top-notch Real Estate department. Since 2011, the firm has been ranked No. 1 in Vault’s Real Estate Practice Area ranking, and Fried Frank’s Real Estate department has also been recognized as “Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 every year since it launched in 2012. Among the areas the firm handles are acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing, joint ventures, distressed real estate workouts, development, land use, and environmental issues.

The firm’s M&A and Private Equity practice is another notable area. More than 100 of the firm’s attorneys counsel mega-fund clients and middle-market sponsors on all aspects of private equity transactions, bringing in cross-disciplinary knowledge in antitrust, capital markets, finance, and tax. Fried Frank is also a regular at the M&A table, advising clients across diverse industries such as consumer products, energy, financial services, healthcare, media, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, telecommunications, and technology.

Living Well

“Wellness” is a buzzword at many law firms, but it is a priority at Fried Frank. The firm’s program, Living Well at Fried Frank, offers support in three areas: mental health, fitness and nutrition, and work-life integration. Among the resources offered are around-the-clock access to counseling, discounted gym memberships, and in-house seminars.

Why Work Here

Dynamic Practice, Compelling Work

Fried Frank associates play an essential role in the firm’s delivery of top-notch legal services to its client base, which comprises the world’s largest investment banks and financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other multinational industry leaders. Working at a global law firm with offices in the world’s principal financial centers, associates at Fried Frank are continually involved in complex, high-profile matters involving the sophisticated cross-border work for which the firm is well known. As vital members of the firm, Fried Frank associates are given a high level of responsibility and are immersed in significant matters from their first day, with ample opportunity to interact with clients and work closely with partners.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 859-8000

Firm Stats

Chair: David J. Greenwald
Recruiting Chairs: Brad Lucas & Matt Howard (DC); Mark Hayek & Randi Lally (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

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/week

Employment Contact

New York
Nancy Parker
Director of Attorney Recruitment
(212) 859-8621
Washington, DC
Uroosa Haider
Manager of Entry-Level Attorney Recruitment
(202) 639-7457

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I

Major Departments

Antitrust and Competition
Asset Management
Capital Markets
Corporate Real Estate
Executive Compensation & ERISA
Financial Services
Government Contracts
Intellectual Property & Technology
International Trade & Investment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Pro Bono
Real Estate
Restructuring & Insolvency
Securities Enforcement & Regulation
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.