Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

250 - 500


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for LGBTQ+ Individuals


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

24 total (17 2Ls; 7 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

Firm's Response

Associate Reviews


  • “The day-to-day atmosphere is very friendly and collegial. Attorneys are more than willing to help each other and we frequently hold both formal and impromptu social events.”
  • “We are a work hard, play hard firm. The culture involves putting in long hours to get the best result for our client. At the end of the day, however, we like to celebrate our firm. The day-to-day atmosphere is very collegial. When we are in the office, it is not uncommon for partners and associates to drop by my office to catch up, ask about my family, or grab a coffee. The lawyers and staff also have great relationships. Many staff members engage with attorneys outside the firm and participate in social events.”
  • “The firm culture at Finnegan is the reason I stay at the firm. I am genuinely friends with people from work. Several associates attended my wedding, and I have been on vacations with friends from the firm and their spouses. There are at least monthly all-office gatherings after work, and smaller groups of friends and teams socialize after work weekly. The relationships between lawyers and staff are also very friendly and supportive.”

Diversity at Finnegan

"Finnegan Diversity and Inclusion Vision Statement: At Finnegan, we value diversity and are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that promotes inclusion in our interaction with each other and throughout our practice. We recognize that diversity is a key element of our relationships with clients and that it is consistent with our commitment to providing the highest quality legal services for them. We respect and embrace all differences based on culture, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, physical ability, race,..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “As a boutique firm, Finnegan does not really have particular ‘feeder schools’ like some larger firms have. Instead, Finnegan really values technical and scientific expertise, and willingness to learn and be part of a team. That's one of my favorite aspects of Finnegan—everyone is really down to earth and won't turn a candidate down simply based on the school they went to.”
  • “The firm takes a whole package approach. Grades, law school rank, journal/moot court experience, prior work experience, diversity, and most importantly, personality. It's like the firm would prefer to only hire its attorneys straight out of law school and want people to invest in to make partner, so you'd better be a person we would like to have through partnership.”
  • “The firm does not have a strict hiring process. There is a wide diversity of schools. The primary factors for hiring are interest in IP and a technical background. There is also some filtering based on personality.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

Kara A. Specht & Cecilia Sanabria

Partner & Partner—Intellectual Property


Arpita Bhattacharyya & John Livingstone

Partner & Managing Partner