Pacific Northwest-powerhouse Perkins Coie cultivates collegiality through holistic hiring, social retreats, affinity groups, wellness programs, and more. Whether they hope to make partner or move in-house, associates here are in a good position. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications.
Davis Wright Tremaine is a Pacific Northwest powerhouse known for its prowess in media and entertainment law. The firm boasts early career development, demonstrated by the fact that about half of the firm’s practice chairs are in their 30s and 40s. Founded in 1908, Davis Wright Tremaine has worked with small clients as well as those of Fortune 500 stature, with a focus on litigation, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property, and employment law. Today, the firm has more than 500 attorneys across eight domestic offices.
At K&L Gates, attorneys tackle sophisticated work for high-caliber clients in a supportive environment. A free-market assignment system allows associates to exercise control over their workload, and more-senior attorneys act as willing mentors. K&L Gates is one of the largest law firms in the world, with close to 2,000 lawyers across five continents. Among the firm’s top-notch practices are corporate; energy and infrastructure; finance; intellectual property; labor, employment, and workplace safety; litigation and dispute resolution; policy and regulatory; real estate; and asset management and investment funds.
A leader in venture capital work and top ranked for intellectual property, Wilson Sonsini is a go-to firm for tech industry clients. Lawyers at the firm have an entrepreneurial mindset and strike the right balance between hard work and affability. With 950 attorneys across 16 offices around the world, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a global player with very deep tech roots. The firm has become a leader in tech licensing transactions, technology financings and M&A, and intellectual property.
The go-to firm for startups and early-stage companies, Cooley is ideal for those seeking cutting-edge work with innovative clients. The firm has a highly social culture that will no doubt appeal to affable personalities and boasts a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. With more than 1,200 lawyers practicing across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Cooley is synonymous with tech and venture capital work. The firm is also well regarded for its clean tech, cyber/data/privacy, IP, M&A, private equity, and securities practices.
Fenwick seeks tech-oriented, entrepreneurial types who thrive on autonomy and flexibility to work with its innovative client base. Associates who go above and beyond are rewarded here—the firm is known to dole out trips to the tropics. Well known for its innovative work with technology and life sciences companies, Fenwick is home to nearly 500 attorneys across seven offices. The firm has grown beyond its Silicon Valley roots, with three thriving offices in California, an established office in Seattle, a rapidly growing office in New York, an international office in China, and a newly opened office in Washington, DC.
The largest law firm in Oregon, Stoel Rives is a standout in both the environmental law and renewable energy law areas. Green is where it's at for this Portland-based firm, which boasts a Climate Change Group and an active Sustainability Committee. This full-service firm boasts strong practices in corporate, energy, environmental, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, employee benefits, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, renewable energy, product liability, food and beverage, agribusiness, health care, and technology.
Get your passport ready—DLA Piper has more than 90 offices around the world and is home to more than 4,000 lawyers. These lawyers work across dozens of practices, and the firm is lauded for its Data Protection, Privacy, and Security. Collaboration and professionalism are key to this firm’s collegial culture. DLA Piper advises clients across more than a dozen industries and eight major practice areas (with a host of sub-practices).
With deep roots in Minneapolis, Dorsey & Whitney is an international law firm with dozens of practice areas. The firm has standout practices in M&A, Litigation, and IP as well as a strong commitment to building diversity among its ranks. Dorsey's client list includes more than one-third of the Fortune 100 and more than half of Minnesota's public companies. Key clients include U.S. Bank, General Mills, UnitedHealth Group, Facebook, Delta Air Lines, Mayo Clinic, Canon, and Xcel Energy.
Lane Powell PC is a pacific rim powerhouse, with nearly 200 attorneys across offices in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The firm’s areas of legal expertise include corporate finance, intellectual property, regulation and taxation, real estate, labor relations, and commercial litigation. Despite its physical concentration in the Pacific Northwest, Lane Powell is no stranger to national, big-name clients like Nordstrom, Starbucks, Bank of America, Safeway, Wells Fargo, Cigna, Aetna, and Chevron.
With its headquarters in Portland, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has a total of four offices in Washington, California, and Oregon that comprise its practice in the Pacific Northwest. The firm has more than 150 attorneys and offers a full set of services to its business, nonprofit, public, and individual clients. Though the firm operates only in the Pacific Northwest, its book of business includes national heavyweights like Merrill Lynch, U.S. Bank, Smith Barney, and Bank of America.
The Pacific Northwest legal scene was shaken by the 2019 merger of two of the most prestigious firms in the region when Garvey Schubert Barer and Foster Pepper combined to form Foster Garvey. The combined firm numbers over 180 attorneys in six offices, with more than 100 of those in Seattle Foster Garvey is one of the largest firms in the city. The firm also boasts two more regional offices in Spokane and Portland, as well as outposts in New York, DC, and Beijing. With practice areas ranging from environmental law to intellectual property litigation, the firm has represented regional clients in the Pacific Northwest and international clients doing business across the Pacific.
With eight offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt represents clients in the industries of health care and life sciences; manufacturing, distribution, and retail; natural resources; real estate and construction; technology; and transportation, ports, and maritime. The likes of Intel, Hewlett-Packard, KeyBank, Pacificorp, Clear One Health Plans, Inc., and Coaxis populate its client list. In more recent years, Schwabe has gained attention for its work in the technology industry, which handles all matters unique to the technology clients—notably, the firm’s IP practice has extensive experience with patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and transactions like IP licensing.
Associates at Holland & Knight enjoy their work and appreciate their colleagues. The firm is a true pro bono leader, especially when it comes to its work supporting veterans. For those hoping to make partner, the firm provides a realistic pathway. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and tax to more industry-specific teams.
With an eye toward continuous growth, Fox Rothschild has been slowly expanding over the years. The firm has established itself in certain niche industries, including cannabis and media and entertainment. Associates looking for a firm to grow with long term should look no further than Fox Rothschild. Fox Rothschild is a well-established player in the business, corporate and securities, entertainment, intellectual property, labor and employment, employee benefits, real estate, creditors’ rights, litigation, and estates law fields. In addition to its more mainstream departments, Fox Rothschild has developed experience in niche practices, including sports and the highly regulated field of cannabis law.