Leading the charge in compensation, Milbank is among the most elite law firms for corporate law. The firm prioritizes mentoring and training, including through its highly regarded Milbank@Harvard program. Hardworking-yet-easygoing candidates will fit well with the firm’s friendly culture. Milbank LLP is one of the nation’s leading firms for corporate finance and restructuring, litigation, and project finance and is known for its international work and focus on the energy sector.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

750 - 1K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

90 total (85 2Ls; 5 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $205,000

Vault Verdict

If you’re looking for a firm full of life, look no further than Milbank. This highly social firm fosters connections through practice-specific get togethers, affinity group meetups, and more. Milbank boasts a laid-back yet professional vibe, and lawyers and staff enjoy each other’s company. Associates feel partners appreciate them and are impressed with the time they dedicate mentorship and feedback—including all the way up to the firm’s chair. Transparency-wise, associates are mostly pleased with insights provided into firm finances—including during the chair’s State of the Firm—but they wish there was more insight into promotion before reaching the senior-associate level. Opinions are mixed on how realistic partnership is, though associates agree that exit options are plentiful ...

About the Firm


Milbank LLP is one of the nation’s leading firms for corporate finance and restructuring, litigation, and project finance and is known for its international work and focus on the energy sector.

Embracing Change

Milbank planted its roots on Wall Street more than 150 years ago as Anderson, Adams & Young. The firm’s first clients included American entrepreneurs, bankers, and railroad financiers, including the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. The firm weathered two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a long string of mergers before settling in as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in 1962. Today, the firm has 12 offices across the globe—including its new digs in Hudson Yards. The firm also rebranded in 2019, shedding the “Tweed, Hadley & McC...

Associate Reviews

  • “Easygoing and friendly, but very smart and hardworking. It's a unique balance. People are social throughout the day. Mid-day group coffees are common.”
  • “Milbank's firm culture is beyond compare. My colleagues are friendly and sociable.  Prior to the pandemic, we often socialized together. This occurred often at firm-sponsored events, but we would also gather together on our own. The day-to-day atmosphere is professional, but friendly and upbeat. There seems to be a good energy and an abundance of positivity around the firm. Lawyers and staff interact as equals. It is expected that lawyers treat non-lawyer staff respectfully.”
  • “Practice group specific for the amount of socialization events. The firm has really tried to keep everyone connected virtually—we have firm-sponsored events for Black History Month and Women's History Month, an additional budget to meet with mentors and associate buddies, and practice-group-specific social events. Some groups are friendlier than others with recurring events, but all have tried hard to keep people included.”
  • “The atmosphere is great. All lawyers are very open to help. They all invest their time in training and giving feedback. Is a great and open environment.”

Why Work Here

At Milbank, our attorneys collaborate across globally impactful practices like project, energy & infrastructure, M&A, capital markets, fintech, private equity & more. With a longstanding commitment to pro bono work, renowned professional development opportunities and mentoring programs, an inclusive and collegial culture, and established affinity groups, we pride ourselves on the work we do and the values we keep. The firm has practice groups in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, DC to help the world’s leading businesses, institutions and individuals achieve their strategic objectives.

Learn more about our practices, our career development programs like Milbank@Harvard, how we serve our communities, and who we are.

Diversity at Milbank

"Milbank was one of the first major New York law firms to create a diversity committee. The recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse and women lawyers is a fundamental part of the Diversity & Inclusion and Women's Initiative Committees' goals. The Firm is proud to have been, since inception, a signatory of the New York City Bar's Statement of Diversity Principles, which affirms law firms' commitment to achieving diversity goals and fostering diversity in the legal profession. Milbank's Diversity & Inclusion and Women's..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Milbank has thrived because our attorneys value and respect their peers, and recognize the importance of supporting and working for each other. Candidates who demonstrate this attitude, along with an outstanding work ethic, are always at the top of my list.”
  • “Very high standards in terms of academic performance, but the firm is also much more explicitly focused on promoting diversity and inclusion as part of the hiring process and also gives serious consideration to the needs of culture fit, and in particular in terms of maintaining the collegial and mutually supportive culture.”
  • “The ideal candidate is someone who is intellectually curious, self-starter, easy going and genuinely nice. I think that the firm has put a lot of emphasis on personality, grades and prior work experience. The firm does provide training before interviewing begins as to guidelines and things to look out for.
  • “Personality seems to matter more than anything. Candidates from all schools are considered equally, but there seems to be a desire to draw more candidates from T14 (non-T14 candidates must be top of their class).”

Practice Area Q&A’s

Carolina Walther-Meade & Roland Estevez

Partner & Partner

Dennis F. Dunne & Nelly Almeida

Partner & Partner

Marcelo Mottesi & Rod Miller

Partner & Partner

Marcus Dougherty & Lauren Hanrahan

Partner & Partner


Perks & Benefits