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. Providing legal services to some of the world’s most innovative companies, Perkins Coie attorneys take pride in performing substantive, meaningful work. While its history is rooted in aerospace and transportation, Perkins Coie has stretched its services far and wide across its domestic and international offices.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

119 total (81 2Ls; 38 1Ls)


Base Salary

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

Vault Verdict

Candidates should bring strong grades, prior work experience, and a good personality to the table when looking to work at Perkins Coie. Socially, associates appreciate the friendly atmosphere of the firm and the mutual respect shared between staff and partners. Transparency is a goal for which the firm strives and associates feel partners genuinely care about their professional development. The quality of work and clients of the firm are a perk and associates are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility early on. Hours can be demanding, but flexibility in where and when the work is performed and the substantive nature of the work balances this out. Attorneys are compensated fairly and at market rate. The associates applaud the firm’s investment into its technological resource...

Firm's Response

What sets Perkins Coie apart from our peer firms?

A Best Place to Work: Perkins Coie has been listed on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”® for 20 consecutive years. Significantly, 85 percent of a company’s score for the list is based on its employees’ evaluations. We think our culture of collaboration, respe...

About the Firm

While its largest office is still in Seattle,, Perkins Coie 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 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 ventures in Seattle, which has become one of the nation’s technology hotspots. Today, the firm has more ...

Associate Reviews


  • “Perkins Coie encourages lawyers to socialize under the current circumstances. Perkins Coie hosted a number of retreats for their practice groups and it really provided me with a good sense of community. The staff is also extremely friendly.”
  • “Very collegial environment. Staff are respected and appreciated. The firm promotes socializing, and incentivizes attendance to virtual social events by reimbursing meals for those in attendance.”
  • “Perkins Coie has made a decent commitment during the pandemic to ensure that the sense of community within the firm continues throughout the virtual times.”
  • “Firm culture is fantastic. The business managers do an excellent job of coordinating events and encouraging positive feedback between lawyers and staff, and lawyers in this office regularly meet to socialize and take a quick break from work. While there is pressure to provide excellent work products, as there should be, they take the ‘no jerk’ policy seriously here and even the top partners are very friendly and helpful.”

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 seems the firm does not limit itself to feeder schools. We look for top-performing students who demonstrate strong writing skills. Culture is also a big hiring decision, in that all interviewers are asked to assess the candidate’s social qualities and ability to mix well with others.”
  • “Thoughtful, high-performance, and innovative.”
  • “The firm wants folks who have a drive to learn their practice and the client’s business, and that can take radical ownership of their career (i.e., client relationships and their own learning).”
  • “...The firm looks at grades, prior work experiences, diversity, and whether the candidate is a good fit.”