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At a Glance


“Lots of substantive work for juniors, kind people, some semblance of respect for work-life balance.”

“Compensation. Relative autonomy. Friendly staff.”


“Not a first mover on compensation; offers fewer fringe benefits compared to other large firms.”

“Uncertainty for when you'll be asked to work, feeling of being on-call 24/7.”

About Pillsbury

With 700 attorneys and 19 offices around the world, Pillsbury is truly a global firm. But with six of its offices based in the Golden State, the firm still maintains the laid-back vibes of its West Coast roots.

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Pillsbury’s beginnings date back to Elihu Root, who opened a practice in New York in 1868, which would later become Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. Root is known for his work as Secretary of State and Secretary of War in the early 1900s.

Meanwhile, in 1874, Evans S. Pillsbury opened a practice on the West Coast. Pillsbury represented a local banking and delivery service called Wells Fargo and a nascent California oil outfit that would eventually become Chevron, two clients still represented by the firm today.

In 2001, Pillsbury Madison and Winthrop Stimson joined forces. Four years later, the combined firm merged with Washington, DC-based Shaw Pittman, ushering in Pillsbury in its current form.

Changing with the Times

Pillsbury has had a hand in the growth of global commerce and industry, from the representation of America’s oldest financial institutions to the drafting of the 1952 Patent Act to the establishment of the first nuclear energy practice to the formation of Intel. Today, the firm’s clients include more than 100 of the Fortune 500, as well as startups, mid-caps, investment funds, and nonprofits. Clients include Facebook, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, the ACLU of Northern California, Lyft, Wells Fargo, San Diego Comic-Con, New York University, Duke Energy, Sony, and The Walt Disney Company.

The firm’s legal work is concentrated primarily in four major industries—technology and media, energy, financial services, and real estate and construction sectors—and the firm has developed region-specific practices aimed at clients’ needs in and out of China, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Pillsbury also maintains a unique “emerging issues” program, which allows the firm to pioneer new and novel areas of the law. Some of its current focuses include artificial intelligence; digital currency and blockchain technology; esports; privacy, data security, and information use; public-private partnerships; and water resources.

Public Service

Pro bono is central to Pillsbury’s culture, with every attorney from the top down required to take on a minimum 25 hours of pro bono work per year. Pro bono cases range from asylum to civil rights to justice for indigent individuals, and more. On top of that, the firm’s Stimson Fellowship allows incoming associates to spend one year at a public service organization.

News & Awards

  • Structured unprecedented settlements for Swiss Financial Institutions with U.S. prosecutors, enabling our clients to avoid potentially billions of dollars in exposure under U.S. tax laws and avoid criminal prosecution.
  • Concluding almost a decade of litigation, we convinced the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a summary judgment dismissing $1.4 billion in claims of civil and criminal cartel price-fixing against American Media, Inc.
  • Representing NTT Data Corp. in its acquisition of Dell Inc.’s IT services division (infrastructure services, cloud services, application services, and business process outsourcing) for $3 billion.
  • Advised PHH Corp.’s board of directors in its Fleet Division’s $4.9 billion sale to Element Financial Corp., including $1.4 billion in cash and $3.5 billion debt assumption.
  • Ranked #1 in Yale Law Women’s 2021 list for Racial Justice Contributions
  • 2022 Seramount Best Law Firms for Women and Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2022 Seramount Best Company for Multicultural Women
  • 2023 Seramount 100 Best Companies for Working Parents
  • 2023 Recipient, LCLD (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity) Top Performer and Compass Award

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New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 858-1000

Firm Stats

Chairman: David T. Dekker
Hiring Partners: : Mariah Brandt (Firmwide Chair); Ed Cavazos (Austin); Brian Bodor (DC); Charles Conrad (Houston); Semma Arzapalo (LA); Jennifer Altman (Miami); Matthew Swartz (Northern Virginia); Stephanie Langan (NY); Carrie Bonnington (Sacramento); Jessica Bogo (SF); Armando Castro (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2024:

No. of U.S. Offices: 13

No. of International Offices: 6

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
McLean, VA
Miami, FL
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Palm Beach, FL
Palo Alto, CA
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Hong Kong