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At a Glance


“The workload is very interesting, and partners and counsel want to help you succeed here.”

“The culture and leadership transparency. Hands down.”

“Work/life balance.”


“Compensation falls short of market.”

“Sometimes the associates are spread too thin amongst partners.”

“The hours can be challenging at times.”

About Robinson + Cole LLP

Robinson & Cole LLP was founded in 1845 in Connecticut, and while the firm still has deep roots there, its presence now spans the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, California, and Florida. With more than 230 lawyers among its ranks, Robinson+Cole is an AmLaw 200 firm with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

From Trials to Transactions

Attorneys at Robinson+Cole work in 10 main practice areas, advising clients across a range of industries including construction, education, energy, exempt organizations, financial institutions, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, coastal ports, real estate, telecommunication, and technology. The firm also pens various blogs relating to some of these areas.

Close to one third of the firm’s lawyers practice in its litigation group. The firm’s litigators are experienced in such areas as antitrust, business litigation, class actions, data privacy and cybersecurity, employment, environmental law, health care, product liability, real estate, and more. The firm touts its litigators’ trial experience and appellate experience.

Robinson+Cole’s transactional lawyers assist everyone from entrepreneurs to corporate legal departments with their business needs, including investment management, M&A, private equity, and securities. The firm prides itself in a personalized approach through which it strives to understand the client’s market position, needs, and long-term goals. 

Rocking Real Estate & Blooming Bankruptcy

The firm has been recognized for its real estate work, which includes everything from commercial leasing to affordable housing and financing to litigating to project development, and more. Clients include large companies, lenders, retailers, developers, and state agencies. 

With an eye toward the future, the firm bolstered its bankruptcy practice, adding a new team of lawyers, as well as offices in Philadelphia, PA, and Wilmington, DE, in early 2019, and has continued to expand its offices with lateral hires. Robinson+Cole employs a cross-disciplinary approach to its bankruptcy matters, offering clients counsel into such areas as finance, hedge funds, M&A, regulatory law, and tax.

Food for Thought & Mentors Times Two

If there is one thing Robinson+Cole isn’t short on, it is support for its associates. The firm strives to give associates a voice through its Associates Council—a group that serves as liaisons between the associates and firm management. The Associates Council runs an annual retreat for all of the associates with educational and fun activities on the agenda. All associates also receive not just one, but two mentors—an associate mentor and a partner one. And associates can grab a bite, stay up to date on recent trends in the legal industry, and fulfill MCLE requirements through the firm’s luncheon series called “Food for Thought.” In addition, associates have a series of more informal “Lunch & Learn” sessions hosted by the firm’s Career Development partner to address questions and concerns they have as they navigate their career paths.

COVID-19 Update

Robinson+Cole continues to recruit top talent through lateral hiring and our summer associate program. We successfully leveraged our technology to provide flexibility to move our onboarding and integration procedures to a virtual setting. We seamlessly welcome our 2021 fall associates with the same extensive onboarding and training programs. We also implemented an annual technology stipend for attorneys’ and staff home offices, while maintaining compensation and attorney staffing levels. We have stayed connected through weekly video updates from our managing partner, practice group meetings, , lunch & learns, town halls, trivia nights, and other remote group activities. We have focused on supporting all of our people, some of whom have been especially challenged during this pandemic. While we remain in a remote work environment, we continue provide opportunities to socialize with each other to build bonds, and looking ahead, we envision a hybrid workforce.

Robinson + Cole LLP

280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 275-3579

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Rhonda J. Tobin
Hiring Partner: Keisha S. Palmer
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
150 - 250
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,800 hours

Base Salary

All offices 1st year: $150,000-$170,000 2nd year: $155,000-$175,000 3rd year: $160,000-$180,000 4th year: $165,000-$185,000 5th year: $170,000-$190,000 6th year: $175,000-$195,000 7th year: $180,000-$200,000 8th year: $185,000-$205,000 Summer associate: $2,403.85/week–$2,692.31/week  *Rates are set by office.

Employment Contact

Catherine Duke
Chief Talent Officer
Phone: 212-451-2962
Christine Cottrell
Senior Legal Recruiting Manager
Phone: 203-462-7541

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Albany, NY
Boston, MA
Hartford, CT
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Providence, RI
Stamford, CT
Wilmington, DE

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Reorganizations
Business Transactions
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Environmental, Energy, and Telecommunications
Finance & Public Finance
Government Relations & Lobbying
Health Law
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Labor, Employment, Benefits, & Immigration
Land Use
Real Estate & Development
Tax & Tax-Exempt Organizations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.