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About Troutman Pepper

In July 2020, Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders joined forces with Philadelphia-native Pepper Hamilton to form Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP. The firm is home to more than 1,200 lawyers across 23 U.S. cities.

Cheesesteaks & Peaches

Troutman Sanders was founded at the tail end of the 1800s in Atlanta. In the intervening 100+ years, the firm has grown primarily through mergers, which have given it a nationwide footprint.

Pepper Hamilton was launched more than 125 years ago in the City of Brotherly Love, where it strictly remained for 80 years. In the second half of the 20th century, the firm began branching out from its Philadelphia roots, establishing offices around the U.S.—a steady expansion that included some mergers.

In 2020, the firms merged, creating a megafirm with 23 domestic offices. The firm's leadership brings together the legacy firms, with Steve Lewis of legacy Troutman Sanders serving as chair and Tom Cole of legacy Pepper Hamilton serving as Managing Partner.

Planting Seeds

Troutman Pepper lawyers work across more than 20 practice areas. Among the industries it serves are construction, energy, finance, health sciences, insurance, private equity, real estate, and technology.

The firm is home to a bustling corporate and securities practice. Through its Troutman Pepper SEED™ Program, the firm works with startups as they launch their businesses, offering legal counseling and access to basic legal documents, as well as mentoring on board development, business plan development, and investor relations. The program offers participants an alternative fee structure.

Like many large firms with presences in DC and big-time clients, Troutman Pepper has a “government relations” arm. Troutman Pepper Strategies is a stand-alone firm that assists the clients of its law firm sibling with consulting and lobbying services on issues including agriculture, energy and environment, insurance and health care, appropriations and project funding, telecommunications and technology, and transportation and infrastructure. Troutman Pepper Strategies has offices in four cities: Atlanta; Raleigh; Richmond; and Washington, DC. They have an additional subsidiary known as Troutman Pepper eMerge.

Supporting Associates

Troutman Pepper lawyers are offered a plethora of training resources, starting with Troutman Pepper YOUniversity, an individualized professional development program for each associate. Lawyers continue to receive formal training through the firm's Attorney Professional Training Program, which includes training at the firmwide and practice-area levels. The firm also embraces the value of informal training, encouraging lawyers to learn on the job alongside senior lawyers and also to develop client skills by interacting with clients early on.

The firm is also focused on creating an inclusive environment—a priority that both legacy firms brought to the table. According to the firm, both Pepper Hamilton and Troutman Sanders had been long-time participants in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, each scoring 100 percent.

News & Awards

  • Top 50 Law Firm for Client Service, 2022—BTI Client Service A-Team
  • 120+ Band-Ranked Attorneys and 50+ Band-Ranked Practice Areas, 2021—Chambers USA
  • Construction and Energy Practice Groups of the Year, 2021—Law360
  • FinTech Law Firm of the Year, 2021—The Deal
  • Top 10 Most Innovative Law Firms in North America, 2021—Financial Times
Troutman Pepper

600 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 885-3000

Firm Stats

Chair: Steve Lewis
Vice Chair: Ashley L. Taylor, Jr.
Managing Partner: Thomas J. Cole Jr.
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Employment Contact

Susie Elitzky
Director of Legal Talent Recruiting
(215) 981-4810

No. of U.S. Offices: 23

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Berwyn, PA
Boston, MA
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Detroit, MI
Harrisburg, PA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Princeton, NJ
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
Rochester, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE

Major Departments

Business Litigation
Capital Projects & Infrastructure
Consumer Financial Services
Cybersecurity, Information Governance & Privacy
eDiscovery & Data Management
Environmental & Natural Resources
Finance & Restructuring -
Government & Regulatory
Health Sciences Intellectual Property
Health Sciences Litigation
Health Sciences Transactions
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Lobbying & Public Affairs
Multifamily Housing Finance
Real Estate
Tax & Benefits
White Collar & Government Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.