With headquarters in Boston, Foley Hoag is home to around 300 lawyers who focus on more than a dozen practices. Low on hierarchy and big on transparency, the firm attracts lawyers who are collaborative and respectful. 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.
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Given how leanly staffed its matters are, Foley Hoag seeks candidates who are client ready from the start. Many candidates come from Boston-area law schools, though the firm has expanded its recruiting reach and has increased its focus on diversity in hiring. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their resumes in detail and their interest in the firm. The firm is quite collaborative, and there is a sense that everyone cares about each other’s personal and professional lives. Partners treat associates as equals and are focused on helping them succeed both with interesting work and regular guidance. The Executive Committee holds regular meetings on firm performance, and associates feel there is ample transparency. Foley Hoag has a reasonable 1,850-hour billable target, and while ...
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’...
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.”