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At a Glance

Uppers

“Quality and variety of work.”

“Good salary.”

Downers

“Billable hour requirement.”

“Work-life balance is sometimes difficult.”

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’s 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 high-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 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications. 

A Bit of Everything 

Perkins Coie is a full-service firm with a range of practices. Business practices include emerging companies, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate securities; litigation practices range from privacy and data security to white collar investigations and defense; and IP practices focus on patent prosecution, patent litigation, and trademark. 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 percent 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 may be a shop filled with lawyers, but they sure know how to put pen to paper. The firm publishes 20 blogs and each one focuses on legal topics in a specific industry or practice, including virtual currency, privacy and data security, asset management, and white collar, to name some. The firm has also been recognized for its command of the written word—twelve Perkins Coie attorneys have received the Burton Award, which commends the top authors of articles submitted by the nation’s largest law firms.

COVID-19 Update

Perkins Coie is currently hiring for many lateral positions and is recruiting 2L students for its 2022 summer program. The firm is participating in OCIs around the country this summer. We expect most of these interviews will be done virtually. The firm closely monitors COVID news and has been allowing limited in-person meetings where permitted by federal, state, and local rules.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Perkins Coie has served as longtime counsel to Amazon.com, Inc. representing it throughout its lifecycle, from private company through its initial public offering to its market leadership of today. Among the major transactions handled by Perkins Coie was its IPO on May 15, 1997.
  • Perkins Coie represented Hitachi Zosen U.S.A. Ltd. (HZUSA) on the litigation, regulatory, and business issues arising out of damage to the world’s largest tunnel boring machine, which was manufactured by HZUSA’s parent, Hitachi Zosen Corporation (HZC). The damage and resultant delays occurred during tunneling below downtown Seattle. This is recognized as the largest and most complex construction dispute in Pacific Northwest history due to the tremendous impact of the project on the public interest, the significant damages at issue, and the political implications of the project’s final cost and delay. The firm advised HZUSA and HZC on all legal aspects of these events, including construction, insurance coverage, product liability, and taxation.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • One of "100 Best Companies to Work For", 2003-2022 - Fortune Magazine
  • Mansfield 4.0 Certification Plus for Diversity Leadership, 2021 - Diversity Lab
  • #1 U.S. employer among “Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services”, 2021 - Great Place to Work®
  • 141 attorneys recognized, with 41 attorneys ranked Band 1, 2020 - Chambers USA
  • Leading U.S. law firm for patent litigation defense in the past decade, 2020 - Lex Machina Patent Litigation Report

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: Sunita Bali and Elvira Castillo
Hiring Partners: Sarah C. Gillstrom (Anchorage), Jose Villarreal (Austin), Donna L. Barnett (Bellevue), Erika E. Malmen (Boise), Pamela E. Berkowitz (Chicago), John Hardin (Dallas), Brian P. Kinnear (Denver), Lara J. Dueppen (Los Angeles), Emily J. Greb (Madison), Alan Howard (NY), James N. Brenner (Palo Alto), Karin S. Aldama (Phoenix), Ann E. McQuesten (Portland), Joseph P. Reid (San Diego), Camarin Madigan (San Francisco), Ulrike B. Connelly (Seattle), Stephanie Roy (DC)
Managing Partner: William G. Malley
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
28
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1950

Base Salary

Major Markets Only (All California offices; New York; Washington, DC; Dallas; Austin; Madison; and Chicago):
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $225,000
4th year: $250,000
5th year: $295,000
6th year: $345,000
7th year: $370,000
8th year: $400,000
9th year+: $415,000

Employment Contact

Katie Monin
Director of Legal Recruiting
(206) 359-3190
kmonin@perkinscoie.com

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 Beijing
Shanghai
Taipei

Major Departments

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