Overview

Introduction

Pacific Northwest-powerhouse Perkins Coie cultivates collegiality through holistic hiring, social retreats, affinity groups, wellness programs, and more. Whether they hope to make partner or move in-house, associates here are in a good position. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

26

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

48


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

101 total (65 2Ls; 36 1Ls)


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Base Salary

Major Markets Only (All California offices; New York; Washington,...

Vault Verdict

Perkins Coie is holistic in its hiring, seeking strong credentials, work experience, and “no jerks”—and candidates should be prepared for behavioral interview questions. The firm has a “people first” culture where respect forms the basis of all firmwide relationships. Social efforts have continued virtually, though it’s hard to beat the pre-pandemic events such as affinity- and practice-group retreats. Lack of transparency into recent compensation changes is a point of criticism, but associates note the firm is generally transparent otherwise—not to mention, many associates are thrilled about the change to lockstep pay. Associates keep busy, but they appreciate the flexibility the firm provides in terms of when and where they work. Work is substa...

About the Firm

 

With its largest office still in Seattle, Perkins Coie has stayed true to its Washington roots. But over time, the firm has expanded to include 17 domestic offices—four of which are in California—and three offices in Asia. Perkins Coie likes to say that it provides “counsel to great companies,” and a look at its client list will confirm that’s true. Firm clients include household names like Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, Amazon, and Google. 

From Birth to Boeing

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: Founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm’s earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the eponymous aeronautics company. The relationship with Boeing contributed to Perkins Coie’s reputation for representing high-tech and cutting-edge ventu...

Associate Reviews


  • “Liberal, collegial, diligent. People care about each other, both professionally and personally. That has only increased during work-from-home. There is a premium put on top-notch work and client service, but not at the expense of finding work-life balance.”
  • “I jumped firms to Perkins because of the amazing culture here. There are always going to be really tough partners or personalities in a workplace, but I've always felt like Perkins promoted the right people to management who have great judgment and have their heart in the right place, and that ethos trickles down (and those tough personalities are dealt with in a more proactive way than I've experienced at any other firm). We also spend a ton of resources on creating a good culture, from the many retreats (e.g., Women's, Diversity and Inclusion, practice-group specific) to the curated events. Attorneys interact with each other with respect—and that's very much expected.”
  • “The partners in our group are good humored, approachable, considerate, have open-door policies, and are happy to mentor associates. Generally, my experience with business associates and partners in other offices has been similar. The ‘people first’ firm culture at Perkins Coie is strong.”
  • “Although in-person social get-togethers are not happening right now due to COVID, the firm has multiple ways for attorneys to stay connected socially. In Seattle, we have a bi-weekly Seattle Connectivity call, my practice group meets virtually once a week, and there are a lot of different programs and webinars that you can participate in.”

Why Work Here


Innovative Clients. Collaborative Team. Inclusive Culture.

Providing exceptional service to innovators across the country and around the world requires commitment. This commitment starts with attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining the very best employees. At Perkins Coie, we know that talent and collaboration are key to our success, and we strive to develop a workplace that reflects our communities, developing and fostering a culture that honors diversity, respect, service, creativity, and growth.

Diversity at Perkins Coie LLP

"STEADFAST COMMITMENT Perkins Coie's vision is that we will be second to none in creating and fostering a diverse workforce that reflects the broader society, ensures opportunities for all attorneys, and advances Perkins Coie as the most trusted advisor to our clients. One of the most meaningful changes that the firm implemented during 2019-2020 was creating a Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Plan (SDIP) spearheaded by the firm's Strategic Diversity Committee. The SDIP aims to position the firm as "the best place to..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “It helps to have a strong GPA, to have demonstrated an interest in law through extracurriculars, and to have some relevant work experience (even if just a summer internship). The Portland office doesn't have any particular feeder schools, although there seems to be a preference for ranked national schools over local schools. Some ties to Portland or the Pacific Northwest are helpful.”
  • “Perkins has a ‘no jerks’ policy. While they hire the best and the brightest, they understand that ultimately, we all want to love what we do and enjoy interacting with coworkers. Overall, I felt that they were looking for mature candidates with prior work experience who could bring both stellar legal skills and emotional intelligence to the role.”
  • “I think the firm does a great job balancing the traditional aspects of the hiring process (grades, law school, etc.) and the diverse and additional value that a candidate brings to the table.”
  • “The firm definitely looks for the best of the best, but they recognize that really solid common sense can drive people away from the most competitive (read: expensive) schools, journal, clerkships, etc. They really look at things holistically.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


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