With 700 attorneys and 20 offices around the world, Pillsbury is truly a global firm. But with six of its offices based in the Golden State, the firm still maintains the laid-back vibes of its West Coast roots. The firm’s legal work is concentrated primarily in four major industries—technology and media, energy, financial services, and real estate and construction sectors—and the firm has developed region-specific practices aimed at clients’ needs in and out of China, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

500 - 750


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

45 total (37 2Ls; 8 1Ls)


Base Salary

Base Salary (2021)

Vault Verdict

Credentials might get you an interview with Pillsbury, but personality fit is a key factor in getting an offer. “Nice” and “respectful” are common ways associates describe their colleagues. There are formal opportunities to socialize, and it’s not uncommon for colleagues to voluntarily spend additional time together. Partners are respectful of associates, and many are willing mentors. Generally, associates feel the 2,000-billable-hour requirement is reasonable, but there is some grumbling that bonuses are contingent on meeting it. There are opportunities for above-market bonuses for those who make 2,200 and 2,400 hours, and associates appreciated the special COVID bonuses and refunds for early-COVID salary cuts. Associates are allowed to bite off as much as they can chew when it c...

About the Firm


With 700 attorneys and 20 offices around the world, Pillsbury is truly a global firm. But with six of its offices based in the Golden State, the firm still maintains the laid-back vibes of its West Coast roots.

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Pillsbury’s beginnings date back to Elihu Root who opened a practice in New York in 1868, which would later become Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. Root is known for his work as Secretary of State and Secretary of War in the early 1900s.

Meanwhile, in 1874, Evans S. Pillsbury opened a practice on the West Coast. Pillsbury represented a local banking and delivery service called Wells Fargo and a nascent California oil outfit that would eventually become Chevron, two clients still r...

Associate Reviews

  • “Everyone is very nice to each other, and this seems to be the case firmwide. People often identify this culture as something that sets the firm apart.”
  • “Pillsbury is very collaborative and the people are smart and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to discussing projects with my team daily. Everyone respects each other's time and are on the same page to deliver results for the client.”
  • “Very good rapport between everyone in the office, from partners to junior lawyers to personal assistants to other support staff. Various social events [are] typically planned (and well-attended) each year. Generally, a very pleasant atmosphere in which to work.”
  • “Given the pandemic, there's not as much socializing over the last year, but the firm has been hosting many virtual events including happy hours, trivia nights, game nights, etc. I really enjoy spending time with my colleagues, even virtually!”

Why Work Here

Every day at Pillsbury, we work on ground-breaking, high-profile matters for some of the world’s most innovative companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Every day, we confront some of the most meaningful legal challenges of our time. Every day, we take on pro bono cases that change lives and frame important social issues.

This is a place where initiative is valued and rewarded, where self-starters become team players, and where continual growth—both professional and personal—underscores every successful career.

At the Office

At Pillsbury, we work hard—as hard as any group of lawyers, anywhere. But “group” is the key word. In any Pillsbury office, it is collaboration that defines our work lives.

While each of our offices has its own personality, we believe our core values and basic procedures are shared firmwide. The aim is to ensure that lawyers from different practice areas—and from all levels—can pool their efforts in providing the best service to our clients.

Diversity at Pillsbury

"For change to be truly significant and for innovation to have lasting impact, a firm must constantly renew its investment and commitment to the advancement of women, diverse and historically underrepresented attorneys. Most imperative is the continued reaffirmation, importance and focus on diversity from top leadership. In 2018, Firm Chair, David Dekker, stated in an address to all partners, that such an investment, in addition to being the "right thing to do ethically and morally," also "yields a stronger pool of talent at every level,..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “I think all of the standard metrics and accolades get you in the door, but more than most places I interviewed, personality seems to be heavily weighted. There seems to be a low tolerance for insincerity and hostility and a really deep appreciation for people who are compassionate, genuine, and bring unique idiosyncratic experiences to the table.”
  • “Personality and demonstrated skills/attention to detail seem like the most important issues. Law school name and grades matter as indicators of those things, but the interview process is the most important piece of the hiring decision.”
  • “… There aren't necessarily ‘feeder schools,’ but most of the candidates come from the T14 (given on-campus recruitment events/process, etc.); however, the firm also hires from local schools at all of its locations. We are all encouraged to participate in the interview process if we desire to, and they conduct trainings, give training materials, etc. to those who will be interviewing others.”
  • “Can vary based on office, but relevant clerkship or prior work experience is important.”

Perks & Benefits