Overview

Introduction

Jackson Walker is the largest exclusively-Texan law firm, with over 400 attorneys working from seven offices across the state. Associates express high levels of satisfaction with nearly every aspect of firm life, from hours to culture to compensation to D&I. As a full-service firm, virtually all practice areas are represented, and associates enjoy a variety of sophisticated legal work.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

250 - 500

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

2

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Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for Transparency


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

14


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

26 total (15 2Ls; 11 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $205,000

Vault Verdict

In addition to strong academic credentials, Jackson Walker looks for candidates who demonstrate enthusiasm and a professional-yet-fun personality. Associates uniformly tell us that the firm has a highly desirable culture that fosters mentorship and collegiality across practice areas. This starts at the top, with partners who are eager to provide associates with mentorship and ongoing, constructive feedback. Associates report that the firm is transparent when it comes to firmwide decisions, and they have felt looped in throughout COVID. Associates note that they are paid a little less than their colleagues at New York firms, but their hours expectations are also lower. The workload can be a roller coaster, but associates acknowledge that this is more innate to the practice than a d...

About the Firm

Jackson Walker is the largest firm contained completely in Texas. The firm has more than 400 attorneys practicing in a broad range of practice areas in seven offices across the Lone Star State: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Texarkana. Jackson Walker represents six of the Fortune 10, 23 of the Fortune 100, and 68 of the Fortune 500. Internationally, attorneys have represented clients in more than 85 countries and territories, and the firm is a founding member of Globalaw, a worldwide network of law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and in more than 85 countries worldwide.

Big Dallas Beginnings

Jackson Walker was established in 1887 when former schoolteacher W.J.J. Smith started his practice in Dallas. In the 1890s brothers John and George Roberts...

Associate Reviews


  • “Very social but still professional (we take our work seriously but not ourselves).”
  • “Professionally/politically: Extremely collegial; partners and associates alike want to see everyone around them succeed; everyone works relatively independently, but all are willing to work with others to help the overall team grow. Management is very transparent and moderate; willing to consider each individual’s needs and career goals. Respectful of staff and considerate of workload. Socially: casual atmosphere, laid back social events in the office (weekly) and several informal out of office social events as well. Down to earth. Values quality time over anything else.”
  • “Pre-COVID, the firm attorneys and staff interacted on a daily basis. Most of the staff have been working for Jackson Walker for decades, so there's a great sense of continuity and well-established working relationships. The attorneys have a standing happy hour on Thursdays with catered food, which provides an additional opportunity to socialize with attorneys in other practice groups.”
  • “It is difficult to assess this in a COVID environment, but when in the office everyone is friendly and helpful. We also often have happy hour Zooms, or interactive Zooms like painting together.”

Why Work Here


Grow and Lead Early On


Jackson Walker maintains a strong partner-to-associate ratio, and we take pride in staffing clients’ matters efficiently so our associates have the opportunity to take on a great deal of responsibility early on in their career. Plus, our broad range of clients allows our associates to handle a wide variety of high-value work.

Diversity at Jackson Walker LLP

"Simply stated, we believe that diversity makes us better. Our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and advancing a diverse workforce enables us to better serve our clients while developing the Texas communities in which we live and work. We foster diversity by promoting a culture in which all individuals are afforded the opportunity to excel. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which includes both lawyers and staff, develops and administers our diversity-related goals, and provides guidance and recommendations to ensure our entire..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “Relatively casual but intentional. Diversity, enthusiasm, and individuality are all important. I believe performance is valued over pedigree.”
  • “Grades, advocacy teams, law journal, and personality/fit.”
  • “My firm seeks candidates who are driven, proactive, and active in their respective legal and nonlegal communities.”

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