With headquarters in Boston, Foley Hoag is home to more than 300 lawyers who focus on more than a dozen practice areas. Low on hierarchy and big on transparency, the firm attracts lawyers who are collaborative and respectful. Small teams present the attorneys with a plethora of opportunities to spearhead their work, whether that be tackling public international law issues or committing their time to civic engagement.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

250 - 500


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

27 total (25 2Ls; 2 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

Foley Hoag takes a comprehensive approach to hiring, valuing diversity, merit, strong writing skills, and collegiality. Socially, the firm is laid-back with an emphasis on maintaining a good work-life balance. Attorneys are supportive and collaborative, while respecting one another's lives outside of work. Leanly-staffed teams create strong relationships between partners and associates, and associates say partners value their contributions and invest in their development. Associates are kept up-to-date on firm financials and other decisions at quarterly meetings. The firm is busy, but the associates find the 1,850 billable hour requirement to be manageable, especially with the amount of flexibility the firm affords. Associates are satisfied with their market salary and bonus, ...

About the Firm

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only four locations—in Massachusetts, New York, DC, and Paris—the firm is smaller than many of its BigLaw competitors. But Foley Hoag has made a name for itself with its strong practice and progressive history.

A Diverse Foundation

Foley Hoag began during the Second World War when Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag set up shop in Boston in 1943. As the firm progressed, so did its commitment to diversity. In 1979 the late Charles J. Beard II was named partner at Foley Hoag, becoming the first African-American to be named partner in a Boston law firm. Beard specialized in cable television regulation and business law and also served for many years on the firm’s Hiring Committee and as the firm’...

Associate Reviews

  • “The day-to-day interactions are collegial and friendly. The managing partners know nearly everyone and say hi to people by name. The in-office cafeteria and free coffee bar add to a sense of community since people can meet without being in their office.”
  • “Lawyers seem to get along well with each other. The remote work has a big impact on the type of bonding activities we can engage in, but overall, it seems like we have great attendance at events (particularly, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion events). Also, when we are in person, we have happy hours every Friday in the New York office where attorneys and legal support gather and catch up.”
  • “Even during COVID, there is an emphasis on building real relationships, from holiday parties for the various offices and practice groups to monthly Zoom meetings to ensure laterals are integrated.”
  • “Everyone at the firm is incredibly approachable and willing to answer questions and help, even on deals that they are not directly working on.”

Why Work Here

Foley Hoag's Unique Culture

Put simply, “Foley Hoag is a great place to work.” With a unique combination of substantive work, “wonderful” mentors and consistent work-life balance, associates have nothing but positive things to say about life at their firm. “The people are great, the work is interesting, I'm learning all the time, and I am encouraged to maintain something of a life outside the office,” notes a Boston contact. Weekend work, the bane of most associate’s existence, is a rarity at Foley Hoag and any last-minute projects can usually be taken care of from home. A junior contact adds, “Everyone is very kind and helpful, but also very professional. Most partners make associates feel like valuable team members rather than underlings.” The firm’s overall culture, too, is described as “friendly, academic and open,” ensuring that associates consistently feel like “valuable team players rather than underlings.”

Diversity at Foley Hoag LLP

"Foley Hoag's commitment to Diversity & Inclusion traces its roots to the founding of the Firm in 1943. Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag were determined to hire the very best lawyers, based entirely on individual merit and without exclusion -- an attitude that set them apart from others in the Boston legal community of that era. Indeed, Foley Hoag was the first large Boston law firm to promote a Black attorney to the partnership ranks. These twin traditions of excellence and inclusiveness have remained guiding forces in the Firm's culture. We..."

Getting Hired Here

  •  “Foley has a very comprehensive approach to hiring. We are not looking for any particular experience, background, law school, or GPA. We aim to have a diverse class in all aspects and take into account any of the numerous qualities an applicant might bring to the table.”
  • “Collegiality is a huge focus. Proven writing ability is also a very big benefit (especially for litigation).”
  • “I believe Foley does not care so much about the law school candidates attend but does concern itself with diversity and merit in the hiring process. That said, being a Boston-based firm puts Foley in the position of generally recruiting from law schools in Boston.”
  • “Candidates who are smart, hardworking, have a business sense, and good moral values are sought after.”

Perks & Benefits