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Paul Hastings wants well-rounded associates at the firm and looks beyond the traditional T14 schools to fill their rosters with people who will fit in. The culture at the firm is collaborative, friendly, and genuine, and people regularly interact with their peers both through firm-sponsored events and more informal gatherings. Partners at Paul Hastings prioritize professional growth and provide regular, ongoing feedback to help associates learn. Firm leadership is generally transparent regarding decisions, performance, and compensation. Substantive work assignments allow associates to gain early experience working on high-level matters and client-facing assignments. Paul Hastings recently upgraded its technology and gives associates the tools to complete their work when and where they are comfortable. Associates report that hitting their 2,000 billable hours mark is not difficult but are frustrated that the firm recently capped the amount of pro bono hours that count towards that goal. Mentorship is a priority at Paul Hastings, and associates feel that becoming a partner is realistic. Mid-level associates are given guidance in the promotion process, and exit opportunities with clients and other firms are abundant. Paul Hastings associates earn market-level salaries and bonuses and appreciate the efforts of the firm in providing substantial perks, wellness support, and a culture at the firm where everyone looks out for one another. The firm is truly inclusive and highly committed to diversity efforts in hiring and promotion. The firm has many affinity group events to support community outreach and promote diversity in the legal field.

Paul Hastings LLP

200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
Phone: (212) 318-6000

Firm Stats

Chair of Firm: Frank Lopez
Managing Partners: Sherrese M. Smith & Arun K. Birla
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

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
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,134.61/week

Employment Contact

Cindy Hasson
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition and Enrichment
(213) 318-6000

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 10

Major Office Locations

New York, NY
Atlanta, GA
Century City, CA
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Orange County, CA
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Hong Kong
São Paulo

Major Departments

Banking and Finance
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Capital Markets
Intellectual Property
Investment Management
Labor and Employment
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Mergers and Acquisitions
Project Finance
Real Estate
Regulatory Compliance
Securities Litigation
Tax Advisory Services
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.