Overview

Introduction

Don’t confuse Katten’s casual, friendly culture for a lack of challenging, interesting work—there is plenty of it to provide associates with early hands-on experience. Among other perks, associates value the firm’s strong support of pro bono work. With roots in Chicago, Katten has grown to nearly 700 attorneys across more than a dozen offices around the globe. The firm is known for its Corporate, Finance, Health Care, and Litigation practices, among others.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

500 - 750

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

25

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

35


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

43 total (34 2Ls; 9 1Ls)


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Base Salary

Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; New York; Orange County; Washington,...

Vault Verdict

Katten’s candidate wish list includes a top law school, top grades, work experience, maturity, and diversity. The firm offers a casual, laid back, and social environment—but that’s not to say people don’t work hard. Partners are respectful and proactive with feedback, and associates feel the firm is fairly transparent—even in areas where it traditionally hasn’t been, they have seen improvement. Aside from ebbs and flows in hours, sometimes due to lean staffing, associates feel the billable-hours requirement is fair and that work is distributed fairly They are also satisfied with compensation, which is market and includes additional bonuses for high billers. For the most part, associates get work that is substantive and as challenging as they prove they are ready for. Training come...

About the Firm

With roots in Chicago, Katten has grown to nearly 700 attorneys across more than a dozen offices around the globe. The firm is known for its Corporate, Finance, Health Care, and Litigation practices, among others.

First Chicago, Then the World

Frustrated with stodgy conventional methods of BigLaw management, 24 attorneys struck out on their own in 1974 to form Katten Muchin Zavis in the Windy City. With an emphasis on supporting an entrepreneurial and innovative culture that remains today, Katten built up its presence in Chicago for a decade and a half before eventually branching out to Los Angeles; Washington, DC; and New York—all during a very busy 1989. After its merger with venerable Manhattan firm Rosenman & Colin in the early 90s, the firm has continued to expand to eight...

Associate Reviews


  • “Friendly, casual, and comfortable. Our social events seem well attended (even though they have been virtual recently due to COVID). In my practice group, staff and lawyers have great working relationships. Any practice group activities we schedule are open to lawyers and staff.”
  • “Lawyers at Katten socialize regularly and genuinely enjoy each other's company. The day-to-day atmosphere can be stressful, like any firm, but it is always collaborative.”
  • “Pre-COVID was very collegial. It is still very collegial, and I really enjoy the people that I work with, but it has been more challenging to connect working remotely.”
  • “There are a lot of social events. The day-to-day atmosphere is pretty relaxed. Everyone works hard but everyone is friendly, available, and open to mentoring. The lawyers and staff I feel like have genuine respect for each other and interact as friends. Some of the staff have been [here] for a long time.”

Diversity at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

"Consistent with our founding principles of client service and legal innovation, diversity is one of the core values by which we do business every day. We are committed to having the brightest lawyers on our team at Katten, and we recognize that the best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, experience, and thought. The strength and success of our law firm requires the inclusion of people with different insights and experiences, resulting in more creative solutions..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm hires on the basis of education, experience, and talent.”
  • “The firm seems to look for smart, engaging, and enthusiastic candidates. Law school pedigree is not the defining factor. Top candidates from lower-ranked NY law schools have great opportunities here. The firm has made an effort to hire diverse candidates as well.”
  • “Katten is looking for down-to-earth, mature candidates [who] have an earnest interest in practicing law in a particular area.”
  • “The Chicago office definitely views Northwestern and [University of Chicago] as ‘feeder schools’ based on the leadership of the firm and the prestige of those schools. However, a fair amount of summers in my class, including myself, went to other schools.”

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