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Carter Ledyard is a midsize firm that has had its hand in a number of high-profile matters in the Big Apple and beyond. The firm's Gateway to America program extends the firm's reach by offering legal counsel to corporations in countries such as Israel, Canada, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland that want to conduct business in the U.S. Junior associates thrive here, receiving ample one-on-one partner contact and the ability to dabble in different practice areas. 

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)


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Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150...


Base Salary

1st year: $140,000...


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Vault Verdict

Carter Ledyard has an amiable atmosphere, where people stop to chat in the hallway, and lawyers get together for firm-sponsored lunches and happy hours. As one associate puts it, “It's a lovely place to work in terms of firm culture.” Associates are satisfied with their hours, which can ebb and flow.  There isn’t a strict hours requirement, though there is a target of 1,800 hours—which includes up to 100 pro bono or business development hours—for bonus eligibility (though there is potential for a discretionary bonus as well). Compensation doesn’t match the top of the BigLaw market, but associates describe it as “fair.” Associates receive ample feedback, including through two yearly reviews, and are pleased with their relationships with partners. One associates opines, “My...

About the Firm

Founded and headquartered on Wall Street since 1854, Carter Ledyard & Milburn is a New York City law firm through and through. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an associate at Carter Ledyard before he became Governor of New York and President of the United States. The firm prides itself on its self-described "can do," "get the deal done" philosophy.

Committed to the City

As a historically New York City firm, Carter Ledyard remains committed to its home base. The firm helped to refinance bonds as part of the World Trade Center Project to rebuild Ground Zero, counseled the Battery Park City Corporation in the renovation of one of the only historic piers left in Manhattan, and has done pro bono work for New Yorkers for Parks regarding land protection issues. Several p...

Why Work Here

Carter Ledyard successfully combines a sophisticated, full-service Wall Street legal practice with a collaborative environment where friendliness and professionalism are compatible. We have a diverse and international clientele, with substantial portions of the firm’s matters coming from overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities, industrial and technology companies and affluent individuals and families. Our international focus is exemplified by our commitment to provide a Gateway to America® for our foreign clients. Our association with the Meritas® and Legalink legal networks provides us with access to capable and knowledgeable colleagues in the U.S. and around the world and allows us to assist those colleagues with their New York based matters.

Diversity at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

"The Firm recognizes that the unique experience, skills and perspectives of attorneys from a variety of backgrounds, including those from different genders, gender identities, race, nationalities, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, marital status and physical or mental abilities strengthen our organization and help us provide the most effective legal representation for our clients. The Firm is committed to the recruitment, retention and advancement of lawyers from all backgrounds and works to..."

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