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About Perkins Coie LLP

While its largest office is still in Seattle, Perkins Coie has expanded to include 17 domestic offices—four of which are in California—and three offices in Asia. Perkins Coie likes to say that it provides “counsel to great companies,” and a look at its client list will confirm that is true. Firm clients include household names like Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, Amazon, and Google. 

From Birth to Boeing

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: Founded in 1912, the firm’s earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the eponymous aeronautics company. The relationship with Boeing contributed to Perkins Coie’s reputation for representing tech and cutting-edge ventures in Seattle, which has become one of the nation’s technology hotspots. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 lawyers working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and healthcare, retail and consumer products, and of course, technology and communications. 

Full-Service + Innovation

Perkins Coie is a full-service business firm with a range of practices. The firm’s corporate practices include emerging companies, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate & securities; litigation practices range from privacy and data security to white collar investigations and defense; and intellectual property practices focus on copyright, patent prosecution, patent litigation, trademark, and trade secret. Other significant practices include labor and employment, product liability, environmental, real estate, and trusts and estates. 

Perkins Coie has also earned a reputation as a go-to firm for tech startups over the past few decades, and the firm boasts a number of innovative services itself. The firm has courted new startup clients through its “Startup Percolator” website, which includes free basic guidance on aspects of company formation such as crafting a business plan and choosing a legal structure. Through its Le[a]dBetter program, the firm offers a 15% discount off its hourly rates to tech startups with at least one woman in a leadership position, helping to even the playing field in a male-dominated industry. And the firm’s quarterly TechVenture Index provides entrepreneurs and investors with insights into the health and trajectory of emerging growth technology and venture capital using a proprietary algorithm informed by market data.

A Writer’s Life

Perkins Coie attorneys sure know how to put pen to paper. The firm publishes 20 blogs, each one focusing on legal topics in a specific industry or practice, including virtual currency, privacy and data security, asset management, and white collar, among others. The firm has also been recognized for its command of the written word—Perkins Coie lawyers are 10-time recipients of the Burton Awards, which commend the top authors of articles submitted by the nation’s largest law firms.

News & Awards

  • Perkins Coie has served as longtime counsel to, Inc., from private company through its IPO to its market leadership of today. 
  • Perkins Coie represented Hitachi Zosen U.S.A. Ltd. on the litigation, regulatory, and business issues arising out of damage to the world’s largest tunnel boring machine. This is recognized as the largest and most complex construction dispute in Pacific Northwest history. 
  • Perkins Coie represented Alphabet, owner of Google and YouTube, in its negotiation for exclusive rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket offering. This was the largest sports rights deal of 2022 globally.
  • One of "100 Best Companies to Work For", 2003-2023—Fortune Magazine
  • Ranked as a leading Fintech law firm, 2023—Chambers 
  • #1 U.S. employer among “Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services”, 2022—Great Place to Work®
  • 194 attorneys and 77 practice areas ranked, 2023—Chambers USA
  • Named the top law firm on the “Best Law Firms for Women & Diversity,” 2023—Seramount

Why Work Here

Innovative Clients. Collaborative Team. Inclusive Culture.

Providing exceptional service to innovators across the country and around the world requires commitment. This commitment starts with attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining the very best employees. At Perkins Coie, we know that talent and collaboration are key to our success, and we strive to develop a workplace that reflects our communities, developing and fostering a culture that honors diversity, respect, service, creativity, and growth.

Perkins Coie LLP

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: (206) 359-8000

Firm Stats

Chair of Firmwide Recruiting: Barbara Schussman
Hiring Partners: Danielle M. Ryman (Anchorage), Michael A. Glenn (Austin), Chris M. Kang (Bellevue), Erika E. Malmen (Boise), Richard Sevcik (Chicago), Ann Marie Painter (Dallas), Brian P. Kinnear (Denver), Lara J. Dueppen (Los Angeles), Emily J. Greb (Madison), Alan Howard (NY), James N. Brenner (Palo Alto), Lindsay A. Jewell ( (Phoenix), Ann E. McQuesten (Portland), Joseph P. Reid (San Diego), Camarin Madigan (San Francisco), Julie Schwartz (Seattle), Stephanie Roy (DC)
Managing Partner: William G. Malley
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2000 hours

Base Salary

Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Madison, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, Bellevue, Denver: $215,000
Anchorage: $155,000
Portland, Phoenix: $200,000
Boise: $190,000

Employment Contact

Katie Monin
Director of Legal Recruiting
(206) 359-3190

No. of U.S. Offices: 17

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

Anchorage, AK
Austin, TX
Bellevue, WA
Boise, ID
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Madison, WI
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA (HQ)
Washington, DC I

Major Departments

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Financial Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Technology Transactions & Privacy
Commercial Litigation
Privacy & Data Security
White Collar & Investigations
Energy & Resources
Intellectual Property
Patent Litigation
Patent Prosecution
Internet & Advertising
Labor & Employment
Personal Planning
Political Law
Product Liability
Real Estate & Land Use
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.