If you are a self-starter, Cahill just might be the place for you. Associates have no billable-hours requirement, which leaves room for pro bono and other non-billable work. Above-market bonuses are certainly a perk that associates appreciate. Today, in addition to handling transactional and litigation matters for its financial services and banking clients, Cahill represents clients in a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, and global infrastructure.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

250 - 500


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

31 total (All 2Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

Cahill looks for candidates who are enthusiastic self-starters and have strong academic credentials. The culture here is a bit reserved socially, but people are friendly and cordial—this includes partners, who treat associates with respect and show gratitude for hard work. There is no billable-hours requirement, which leaves associates with the ability to take on pro bono and other non-billable work. But that’s not to say associates aren’t busy with billable work—they are, and most is substantive and appropriate for their level. Associates are very pleased they are paid market salary and can earn above-market bonuses. Mentoring is strong, with each incoming associate receiving multiple mentors, but there is room to grow through other types of formal training. It seems that partner...

About the Firm


With a reputation for capital markets prowess and high-stakes litigation excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective—and conservatively managed—firm. With around 300 attorneys, Cahill focuses on a wide array of practice areas including corporate finance and M&A, litigation, investigations, crisis advisory, and others.

An Exclusive Club

Cahill was founded in 1919 by the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and from the start, it proved itself as a player in corporate law and finance. Its best-known name partner was John T. Cahill, a former U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District in Manhattan—an office that The New York Times dubbed “one of the city’s most powerful clubs.” Cahill led a perio...

Associate Reviews

  • “The atmosphere is friendly and cordial, and we are definitely not a firm of people that yell or berate each other. Supportive and collaborative. Relatively buttoned-up in terms of office dress, but not overly formal. It's certainly been relaxed a lot due to work-from-home.”
  • “Good mix of firm-sponsored and after-hours [social events]. Super friendly, helpful, and caring.”
  • “The firm has made an effort to put together digital events during COVID, which are very creative and fun. Pre-COVID, we had very few firm-sponsored events.”
  • “Everyone I've worked with has made themselves incredibly accessible for any and all questions I have as a first year. Everyone I work with has also been so kind and welcoming, even in stressful circumstances.”

Why Work Here

Diversity at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

"Cahill is committed to fostering an environment where all individuals are respected, understood and appreciated. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment that is inclusive, and in fact celebratory, of our differences. We believe that the confluence of the varied backgrounds of our lawyers and staff, and the unique ideas brought to the firm as a result of our diverse perspectives, foster creativity and innovation that enable us to provide a higher level of service to our clients. In 2018 and 2019, we were named one of..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Highly-rated law school and strong grades are a prerequisite. Beyond that, it comes down to personality. The firm is looking for driven self-starters who are willing to work hard. You need to strike a balance: confident enough to express your opinions and push for what you believe in, but not so self-assured that you are unwilling to receive feedback, follow advice, and work with a team.”
  • “I believe the firm is mostly looking for self-starters who are eager, enthusiastic, and willing to learn a subject matter that is new to most.”
  • “… Prestige of law school is less important than grades, work experience, personality, diversity, etc. I was very impressed by the firm's open-mindedness in this respect and their openness to considering non-traditional law students. The firm does provide training/guidelines for interviewers.”

Perks & Benefits