Laid back, collegial, and collaborative are words used to describe the culture at Crowell & Moring. The firm actively helps associates shape their careers, either within or beyond the firm. If pro bono is important to you, you’ll be supported here. Crowell & Moring works in a wide range of practices, handling litigation, regulatory, arbitration, and transactional matters for clients of all sizes, from major corporations to startups to private individuals.
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Crowell & Moring focuses on candidates from regional schools in addition to T14’s, and the firm looks for top grades, diversity, and prior work experience. The culture is laid back and pleasant, and while socializing isn’t a main focus for everyone, opportunities are there for those wanting to hang out after work. Partners actively foster positive relationships with associates. Some associates express a desire for more transparency into bonuses, which include a discretionary component. There is a billable-hours requirement of 2,000 hours, and pro bono hours count toward it. Compensation is just under market—some associates would like to see an increase, but others feel that work-life balance and a positive culture make for a reasonable trade-off. Associates get substantive...
Founded 43 years ago, Crowell & Moring has 550 lawyers spread down the east and west coasts, as well as two offices in Europe. The majority of the firm’s lawyers are litigators (two-thirds to be exact), but the firm also has attorneys working in its transactional, regulatory, and investigations practices. The firm also has a mascot—a rubber duck—which is a prime example of the firm’s sense of humor.
When Jones Day tried to oust Eldon “Took” Crowell and his team of government contract lawyers in 1979, he left with a bang, taking with him a group of more than 50 attorneys, or two-thirds of the firm’s Washington attorneys—an event The Washington Post referred to as “The Split.” The new firm specialized in negotiating large...