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Arnold & Porter
[Adam Dobbs]
Founded in 1946 by three former members of the FDR Administration, DC-based Arnold & Porter (“A&P”) has since established itself as both one of the
nation’s most respected firms and a genuinely enjoyable place to practice law.

Founded in 1946 by three former members             with little interaction with colleagues are       First-years and lateral hires are assigned
of the FDR Administration, DC-based Arnold          better off applying elsewhere. After all, this    significant responsibility on multiple matters
& Porter (“A&P”) has since established itself       is a firm where Harry Katz, a senior litigation   and, frequently, direct client contact immedi-
as both one of the nation’s most respected          partner specializing in innovative technology     ately upon joining the firm. Although this may
firms and a genuinely enjoyable place to            cases, keeps a larger-than-life size Darth        seem daunting to freshly minted graduates,
practice law. A&P now boasts in excess of           Vader, complete with lightsaber, in his office.   the firm and each practice group has devel-
600 attorneys and, along with the addition of                                                         oped and implemented practical training pro-
its latest branch in Brussels earlier this fall,    Throughout the United States, A&P enjoys a        grams that earn rave reviews from the most
the firm has satellites in Los Angeles, New         reputation as one of the top “quality of life”    important critics of all, the trainees.
York, London, Denver, Northern Virginia and         firms in the land. Consistently ranked as one
Century City to compliment the nearly 400-          of The Vault Guide’s top 25 law firms, A&P        Along with its commitment to offering all
attorney flagship DC office.                        also garnered similar honors from Fortune         levels of personnel a collegial, inclusive work
                                                    earlier this year. New associates at A&P en-      environment, A&P is and has long been an
More than half of all A&P lawyers are litiga-       ter a culture rivaled by few firms anywhere in    industry leader on diversity matters. The win-
tors and the firm is renowned for its anti-         the world. Among the perks of working there       ner of numerous awards from minority and
trust, banking, IP and bankruptcy work. Just        are a nightly open bar, up to three months        women’s professional organizations, includ-
last month, A&P’s Northern Virginia office          of free lunches for first-year associates,        ing a place in Working Mother magazine’s
added respected litigation partner Douglas          complimentary laptops and, perhaps most           2002 listing of the “100 Best Companies for
P. Lobel, along with two associates and one         impressively, the complete lack of a billable     Working Mothers” and the 2002 Thomas L.
paralegal, to its litigation group. Mr. Lobel       hours requirement. A&P also earns kudos           Sager Award from the Minority Corporate
enjoys a fine reputation within regional and        from its employees for the available child-       Counsel Association, A&P offers full health
national legal communities and the addi-            care programs, base salary structure and an       coverage to domestic partners, twelve weeks
tion of his group greatly enhances the firm’s       art collection that includes works by Warhol      of paid maternity leave, six weeks of paid
abilities in the areas of telecommunications,       and Lichtenstein.                                 paternity leave and over 35 years of proven
securities, financial services, as well as                                                            commitment to gay, lesbian and transgender
general commercial litigation.                      A&P is also renowned as a place where             rights both within the firm itself and society
                                                    partners and associates generally work            as a whole.
Those interested in joining A&P should, first       cooperatively in an atmosphere of mutual
and foremost, enroll at a top law school, then      respect. “Screamers” are rare among the           Finally, A&P is as receptive to pro bono and
earn decent grades. Students at lesser insti-       partnership ranks and the lack of a billable      community service work as any firm in the
tutions wishing to take the “back door” into        hours requirement means that the average          United States. Associates need to bill 2,400
the firm had better hit the books because the       associate works between 46 and 55 hours in        hours in order to earn the ominously named
firm will only consider those at or near the        a typical week. Of course, this varies by prac-   “Pain Alleviation Bonus,” but unpaid work is
top of their class. Academics only get one’s        tice groups and tends to be cyclical, but the     allowed to count for up to 15% of this total.
foot in the door, however, as A&P’s recruit-        fact that the firm encourages its lawyers to      The firm’s dedication to pro bono matters
ing process is specifically designed with the       maintain a manageable schedule is certainly       begins at the top and, generally speaking,
firm’s laidback culture in mind. Personality        attractive to those wishing to have a life away   partners are not at all upset if an associ-
is a must and those that plan on becoming           from the office.                                  ate delays assignments from them in order
an automaton cranking out brief after brief                                                           to complete a pro bono matter. Associates


have been known to dedicate 500+ hours in
less than six months to a single case and
this firm-wide commitment to community
work has garnered A&P countless awards,
including The National Law Journal’s 2002
Pro Bono Award.


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