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. The firm encourages associates to continue their development with the aid of Cahill Academy, the firm’s training program that covers a variety of topics relevant to everyday practice. With an open door policy, the attorneys at Cahill are a social bunch. 

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

250 - 500


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

38 total (38 2Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

Atop grades and experience, Cahill also considers work ethic and an ability to handle the level of responsibility the firm gives to associates when seeking candidates. With a collaborative and laid-back atmosphere, associates are social, and an absence of stringent practice groups affords more opportunities to interact. Associates note the firm’s transparency on performance and reviews, with an annual state of the firm address and partner mentors that put a premium on substantive feedback. The firm’s free market work system can cause some unpredictability in workload, but the firm does not have a billable-hour requirement which provides freedom in crafting a schedule. Associates are thrilled with the firm’s above-market salary and bonuses and appreciate that the quality of their w...

Firm's Response

Cahill has thrived for nearly a century by focusing on the most significant opportunities and complex legal challenges facing leading financial institutions and global businesses. Cahill is committed to fostering an environment where all individuals are respected, understood and appreciated. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environme...

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 period of growth and expan...

Associate Reviews


  • “Lawyers at Cahill are very friendly, it's easy to ask questions of anyone, and everyone is willing to help. Though everyone works very hard, they try to be available to juniors for mentoring and advice, and the firm wants all levels of associates and partners to get to know each other. There is more of a group mentality firmwide than I think many firms have. Without stringent practice groups, it's easier at Cahill to meet others, make friends, and belong to the whole.”
  • “Even though we are remote, lawyers still meet up for firm dinners and unofficial happy hours. None of these events are obligatory, but they're there if you want to go, which creates a good balance depending on your social life.”
  • “The firm has a fairly laid-back atmosphere, in which associates socialize fairly frequently. Partners and counsel have open- door policies and are fairly accessible. Associates are also very accessible and helpful. The staff are very kind and helpful, and the relationship between the staff and attorneys is good.”
  • “People are mostly casual and friendly with each other.  Associates help each other out and hang out/talk outside of work. The firm hasn't been sponsoring many in-person events during the pandemic, but they did arrange in-person small group dinners during the brief period between Delta and Omicron. They've arranged for a lot of virtual events, like trivia nights and Zoom book club meetings.”


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



  • “The firm definitely wants intelligent and capable people, but they also balance that need with finding people who value relationships and who are conscientious.”
  • “Our firm is more inclusive of a variety of law schools but values candidates they think can handle the independence the firm gives.”
  • “Firm is looking for hard-working go-getters. I don't think school, grades, or other experiences will outright determine possibilities here, but those factors can be used to determine if a candidate is hard working or if they have the drive to succeed. I don't know if there are ‘feeder’ schools, but I know they do OCI’s in Boston, New York, and DC, so schools in those areas have a higher chance of success.”


Perks & Benefits