Fried Frank associates work on complex legal matters in a top-to-bottom friendly and social environment across five global offices and over 650 attorneys. The firm prioritizes its people and communities, with associate perks like generous wellness offerings—including fitness stipends and an associates-only lounge in the New York office—and a strong dedication to pro bono work.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

500 - 750


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

84 total (79 2Ls; 5 1Ls)


No. of U.S. Offices


Vault Verdict

Few firms, if any, have a rich and impressive history like Fried Frank. Partners of the firm have represented the families of Holocaust victims, one founded the Peace Corps, and one has been elevated to the Supreme Court. As an elite firm, Fried Frank hires largely from T14 schools, as well as top performers from other New York and DC law schools. Beyond academic prowess, the firm looks for hard-working team players who will fit in and work well with others. Associates can expect a collaborative, friendly work environment in which people respect personal lives and weekend plans. This welcoming ethos extends to lateral and clerk hires, too. Partners treat new attorneys respectfully and take the time to answer their questions. Fried Frank offers a significant amount of useful traini...

Firm's Response

Fried Frank has had near unrivaled financial success within the legal profession over the past half-decade. Our highly commercial and collaborative approach has helped garner a prestigious client base of major corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions that consistently seek our attorneys’ advice on their most complex and s...

About the Firm

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises many of the world’s leading corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions on their critical legal needs and business opportunities. With approximately 650 lawyers in North America, the U.K., and Europe, the firm excels in corporate, real estate, and tax work.

An Impressive Crew

Fried Frank traces its history to the turn of the 20th century when a group of German-Jewish lawyers began practicing in New York City in the 1890s, a time when most New York firms did not employ Jewish lawyers. In 1929, Walter J. Fried (pronounced “Freed”) joined the firm as an associate who focused on real estate law. Fried practiced with the firm until his retirement in 1979. In the 1950s, Fried was a pioneer in the movement to convert ...

Associate Reviews

  • “A fairly relaxed and comfortable environment in spite of the level of sophistication of the work. Generally good appreciation for life outside of the firm.”
  • “The attorneys are highly collaborative and supportive. My colleagues and I enjoy socializing, both with firm-sponsored events and informal gatherings.”
  • “My favorite thing about the firm is the people I work with. My group is really filled with great people that I've grown close to and built friendships with over the years. Our clients can be tough like any top-tier clients, but there is a ‘we're all in it together’ attitude that makes me feel glad I work here.”

Why Work Here

Diversity at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

"Fried Frank is committed to being the best law firm it can be, in part through creating an environment where the best people are hired, developed, and eventually promoted. Supporting this key firm initiative is an independent Diversity and Inclusion Office (the "D&I Office"), headed up by the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, who is supported by a Diversity & Inclusion Manager and a Professional Development and Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator. In conjunction with the Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the D&I Office drives the..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Hiring is largely from T14 and the students towards the top of their class from New York schools.”
  • “Competitive hiring. Looking for smart, well-rounded candidates. Important to be friendly and thoughtful.”
  • “I believe the firm is looking for intelligent, hard-working candidates. But equally as important, I think the firm is looking for good people. My experience has been that the people that work at Fried Frank, top down, are generally nice, genuine, and encouraging.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

Amber Banks & Matthew W. Howard

Partner & Partner

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Jonathan L. Mechanic & Laurinda Martins

Partner and Chairman & Partner

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Meredith Mackey


Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Jonathan L. Mechanic & Laurinda Martins

Partner & Partner

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Perks & Benefits