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Kilpatrick Townsend

Our Survey Says


If an associate wants to engage in sophisticated intellectual property work, he/she would be hard pressed to find a better landing spot than Kilpatrick Townsend. The vetting process for new associates is extensive, with preferences for candidates from regional schools who have solid grades, clerkship experience, and (obviously) an interest in IP work. Office settings are collegial and collaborative, yet work is emphasized more than engaging in social activities. Associates appreciate that partners respect and value them, and that they are invested in their growth and development. Lateral hires, however, feel a bit lost as they transition into the firm. Formal training has limited utility, but associates receive a lot of direct experience under the helpful guidance of assigned and ad hoc mentors. Associates take on a wide range of important and challenging projects that are dispensed fairly, though capacity, experience, and previous connections often factor in. Work is abundant, and Kilpatrick Townsend imposes a demanding billable hour requirement of 1,950 hours. Junior associates benefit from market-level salaries; unfortunately, bonuses and salaries after the second year fall below the industry average. The firm’s IT staff is responsive, and office technology needs to be updated. Wellness initiatives are non-existent beyond occasional webinars and events. A partner dedicated to pro bono work heavily promotes projects within the firm. Fifty pro bono hours count as billable, and attorneys receive a bonus for more than 100 hours. Women and persons of color are prominent in Kilpatrick Townsend, but more efforts are needed to elevate them to leadership/partnership positions. Associates are confident in opportunities to make partner, be promoted to counsel, or exit for positions in-house or at other law firms.

Kilpatrick Townsend

1100 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2800
Atlanta, GA 30309-4528
Phone: (404) 815-6555

Firm Stats

Chair and CEO: Henry Walker
Managing Partner: Roger Wylie
Hiring Partner: Michael Turton
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,950 hours

Base Salary

Starting salary $205,000 Summer Associate: $3,942/week

Employment Contact

Lori Cates
Attorney Recruiting Manager
(404) 745-2562

No. of U.S. Offices: 17

No. of International Offices: 4

Major Office Locations

Anchorage, AK
Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Augusta, GA
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Raleigh, NC
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
Walnut Creek, CA
Washington, DC
Winston-Salem, NC I Beijing

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Business & Finance
Construction & Infrastructure Litigation
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Governance
Employee Benefits
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Native American Affairs
Pro Bono
Technology Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.