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Our Survey Says


Willkie Farr is a full-service firm that represents big name clients and expects its associates to provide excellent client service. Having top grades at a top school may get you an interview, but the firm wants associates who fit the culture by being collaborative, friendly, and respectful, in addition to being smart. Willkie’s culture is genuine, where socialization is fun, personal time is respected, and doors are open for a casual chat or to ask for guidance on a task. Partners and senior associates take the time to mentor lateral and junior associates and are respectful with assignments and deadlines. Training at the firm is plentiful, and mentorship happens naturally and organically, although formal mentoring programs do exist. Associates appreciate the firm does not impose a billable hour requirement, because it allows attorneys to work without competition or the additional stress due to the natural ebb and flow of work. Willke Farr makes sure the work is distributed fairly and evenly by “Assigning Partners,” and associates feel the firm genuinely cares about work-life balance. While there is plenty of work to go around, associates are paid well and receive lockstep bonuses. Many associates feel that partnership is a reality should they choose to pursue it, but with nearly 3,000 firm alumni, associates know future opportunities outside the firm are numerous and outstanding. Perks and wellness could be expanded at the firm, but associates like the quirky extras like cookie time on Thursdays and firm reimbursement for closing costs. Pro bono and diversity aren’t just talking points at the firm—the firm encourages associates to participate in both efforts and is strongly dedicated to social issues, creating a more diverse working environment.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 728-8000

Firm Stats

Chairmen: Tom Cerabino & Matt Feldman
Recruiting Chairs: Matthew Basil, Deb Bogo-Ernst, Aaron Hersh (Chicago); Anne Choe (DC); Robert Jacobson (Houston);Laura Acker, Shaimaa Hussein (NY); Matthew Gurvitz, Thomas Baxter, Misty Stanford (LA); Tiffany Lee (Palo Alto); Simona Agnolucci, Ben Hur (San Francisco)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
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
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $215,000

Employment Contact

New York
Sarah Collins – Entry Level and Summer Associate Hiring
Manager – Professional Development and Recruiting - NY
(212) 728-3658
Lesley Stumphauzer – Lateral Associate Hiring
Senior Manager, Lateral Associate Recruiting
(212) 728-3883
Chicago; Houston
Tiffany Piccirilli
Director of Legal Personnel & Recruiting, Midwest
(713) 510-1730
Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco
Brittany Olson
West Coast Professional Development and Recruiting Manager
(310) 855-3089
Washington, DC
Carlita Head
Professional Development & Recruiting Manager
(202) 303-1343

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 6

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY (HQ)
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Asset Management
Business Reorganization & Restructuring
Communications, Media & Privacy (DC office)
Corporate & Financial Services
Energy & Commodities
Environmental, Health & Safety (DC office)
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
Government Relations (DC office)
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Clients
Private Equity
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.