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Our Survey Says


Exceptional professional opportunities await associates at Pillsbury, as do “super bonuses” and a lot of hours they can devote to pro bono work. Hiring criteria include strong academic backgrounds, work experience, diversity, and personality. It’s important that associates are able to blend in with the collaborative, friendly office settings and will work well as part of a team. Partners take a genuine interest in associates and their development, providing guidance and feedback—in fact, the firm shines in the mentorship that more-senior attorneys provide to newer associates. On the other hand, formal training seems rather standard, and reports are mixed on how well lateral hires are integrated into the firm. Work assignments are challenging, and associates are able to take on more substantive work when they ask for it and have shown they’re capable. Partners often dispense projects to associates they know and who have experience, though lean teams mean that most associates get interesting work. Salaries match the market, and associates must bill a manageable 2,000 hours to be eligible for a bonus. Super bonuses kick in at 2,200 and 2,400 hours, respectively. Firm tech is satisfactory, if not cutting edge, and there are many wellness programs and offerings, though associates would prefer that the firm encouraged downtime and better work-life balance. Pro bono is a big deal at Pillsbury, with up to 300 hours that count toward the billable hour requirement. Diversity efforts are strong, with a DEI director, affinity groups, and focused recruiting and hiring; however, retention remains an issue. Making partner is possible and is openly discussed, while others segue into counsel positions or make external moves in-house or to the government.


31 West 52nd Street
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 (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
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

Employment Contact

Kendall Lowery
Senior Director - Attorney Recruiting
(713) 276-7735

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

Major Departments

Industry Groups:
Technology & Media
Real Estate & Construction;
Practice Groups:
Asset Finance
Bank & Leveraged Finance
Corporate & Securities
Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Executive Compensation & Benefits
Global Sourcing & Technology Transactions
Government Contracts
Insolvency & Restructuring
Insurance Recovery
Intellectual Property
International Trade
M&A and Private Equity
Private Wealth
Project Finance
Public Policy
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.