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.
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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...
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...