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Our Survey Says

Vault Verdict 

Whether it’s compensation, training, or quality of work, associates can expect the best from Milbank. Hiring is competitive, and only applicants with top grades—and usually from top law schools—who will fit in with the firm culture will get looks. That firm culture is friendly and familial, though not overly social. People understand the need for work-life balance. Associates find partners approachable and respectful, and partners seem to value associates’ input on cases and firm decisions. Training at Milbank is exceptional, with robust programs like Deals@Milbank, Advocacy@Milbank, and Milbank@Harvard, and mentors step up with helpful support for associates. Dedicated training and orientation for lateral hires are satisfactory but could use some attention. Work assignments range from basic to challenging, but overall they are substantive and commensurate with associate skill level. Assignment coordinators help ensure that tasks are distributed fairly. Associates work a lot of hours but are not held to a billable hour requirement and can reconcile work lives with personal lives. Milbank is a compensation leader, with lockstep salaries and bonuses. Tech resources are decent, and IT support is responsive to issues that arise. An on-site health center helps advance wellness, but associates don’t have time to utilize other resources like exercise and meditation programs. Dedicated staff members promote pro bono work, the hours for which are billable equivalent. At least 25 pro bono hours are expected per year. Diversity programming and hiring diverse applicants have improved, but retention still seems to be an issue. Making partner appears to be an uphill battle, but counsel positions and moves to other firms, government work, and in-house make career prospects positive overall.


55 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001-2163
Phone: (212) 530-5000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Scott A. Edelman
Hiring Partners: Dara Panahy (DC); Jason Anderson (LA); Roland Estevez, Jonathon Jackson, Alexandra Johnson Alex Lees, Grant Mainland, Atara Miller, Iliana Ongun, Eschi Rahimi-Laridjani, Abhi Raval, Sean Solis (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
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: $4,134/week

Employment Contact

Alexandra Paslawsky
Director of Global Legal Recruiting
(212) 530-5511
Nga Phan (DC Office)
Human Resources Manager
(202) 835-7529
Gabriella Marello (LA Office)
Legal Recruiting Manager
(424) 386-4582

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 9

Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I
Hong Kong
São Paulo

Major Departments

Alternative Investments
Capital Markets
Financial Restructuring
Leveraged Finance
Litigation & Arbitration
Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance
Real Estate
Transportation & Space
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.