2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Great track record for diversity and inclusion”
“Reasonable hours expectations”
“Leadership is invested in your success and growth”
“Bonus billable requirement”
“Management is not transparent”
“Discrepancies in hours”
With 700 attorneys and 20 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.
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; e-sports; privacy, data security and information use; public-private partnerships; and water resources.
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
- Represented Rockley Photonics, a leading global silicon photonics company, in its combination with SC Health for $1.2 billion.
- Advised green infrastructure developer Cerulean Winds in naming NOV as the first delivery partner for the fabrication of its integrated 200-turbine floating wind and green hydrogen development off the coast of Scotland.
- Counseled BioLegend, a leading global provider of life science antibodies and reagents, in its $5.25 billion acquisition by PerkinElmer, Inc.
- Judge recommends preliminary injunction against Grubhub to protect Pillsbury client Kroger’s “Home Chef” trademark.
- Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2021—U.S. News
- Top Ranked, 2021—Chambers Global
- Top Ranked, 2021—Chambers USA
- Top-20 law firm for LGBTQ+ Individuals, 2021—Vault
- 100 Best Companies for Working Women, 14 years—Seramount, formerly Working Mother Media
- Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certificated, including Mansfield Certification Plus status, 2022—Diversity Lab, meaning the Firm has successfully reached at least 30% underrepresented lawyer representation in a notable number of the firm’s current leadership roles.
31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 858-1000
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); Anne Lefever (NY); Carrie Bonnington (Sacramento); Laura Hurtado (SF); Armando Castro (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Base Salary (2022)
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: $215,000
Senior Director - Attorney Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 13
No. of International Offices: 6
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palm Beach, FL
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Technology & Media
Real Estate & Construction;
Bank & Leveraged Finance
Corporate & Securities
Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Executive Compensation & Benefits
Global Sourcing & Technology Transactions
Insolvency & Restructuring
M&A and Private Equity
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.