Hall Estill is a full-service firm with 150 attorneys in five locations, having come a long way from its roots as a Tulsa oil and gas firm. With 70 practice areas, Hall Estill’s experience is extensive, but it's no surprise that it continues to excel in the energy and natural resources space. Associates here appreciate the perfect combination of complex legal work along with a laid-back culture.
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Oklahoma-based Hall Estill focuses largely on hiring students with good grades—ideally from local schools—who fit the firm’s hardworking-but-laid-back culture. Attorneys socialize fairly frequently, both at firm-sponsored events and on their own. Associates and partners get along very well, and associates appreciate the level of transparency firm leadership offers them. Hours are tolerable and often flexible, and Hall Estill attorneys are well accustomed to working on sophisticated matters. Associates believe their compensation is fair, too. While there isn’t a ton of formal training, associates are happy with the level of informal training and mentorship. Associates note that wellness efforts could stand some improvement and additional buy-in. Attorneys appreciate the firm’s cont...
Hall Estill has decades of experience serving clients from its Midwest and a variety of practices, from corporate to energy and intellectual property to real estate.
Born of Oil
In 1965, John Williams of the Tulsa energy giant Williams Brothers Company called Harvard Law grad Walter Hall and asked him to put together a team to represent the company. Williams Brothers did not have a legal department at the time and needed representation for its purchase of the Great Lakes Pipeline. Hall recruited other attorneys in the Tulsa area, including John Estill—the head of the Sinclair Pipeline operations in Tulsa. Ten years later, when Williams spun off the pipeline division, Hall took over as CEO. By that time the firm bearing his name was one of the largest and most successful in Tulsa.