Overview

Introduction

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a longtime Wall Street workhorse, housing elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets and securities law.  The firm is a bit more versatile than many of its peers, however, boasting formidable prowess in private equity, litigation and intellectual property as well. The 1980s and 1990s saw the firm develop one of the world’s premier M&A practices, with a unique strength in private equity leveraged buyouts.  In recent years, Simpson Thacher has represented JPMorgan, Le...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

20

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

133


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

152 (139 2Ls; 13 1Ls)


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No. of U.S. Offices

5

Vault Verdict

Simpson Thacher is looking for the total package: stellar grades, work ethic, and a winning personality. Diversity is also a critical factor in its hiring process. With an open-door atmosphere, Simpson Thacher is a friendly place where lawyers enjoy getting to know each other and are generally supportive and kind. Partners value associates and take time to explain assignments, answer questions, and provide feedback. Associates also feel well supported by the firm’s robust formal training offerings. Associates have divergent views on transparency, with some feeling there is sufficient insight provided by leadership updates, and others feeling in the dark about decision-making, including the partnership process. Equity partnership is difficult, though associates are optimistic about...

About the Firm

A Wall Street institution, Simpson Thacher houses elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets, private equity, and litigation. With more than 1,000 lawyers across 10 global offices, Simpson Thacher has long held its spot among the most elite law firms in the world.

Hear Them Roar

In 1884, three Columbia Law grads—John Woodruff Simpson, Thomas Thacher, and William Milo Barnum—hung a shingle in lower Manhattan. It didn’t take them long to leave their mark in the history books, jumping right in to the railroad reorganizations of the 1880s and having a hand in some of the most important deals relating to U.S. infrastructure—for example, advising none other than General Electric as it set up power and light companies, setting up the American Locomotive Company, and structuring the ...

Associate Reviews


  • “It is a friendly and supportive atmosphere. People get along and make an effort to get to know one another, but there is no pressure to socialize at work if you have other interests or responsibilities.”
  • “Attorneys are very friendly—there is no pressure to socialize, but when we were in-person, there were monthly practice group lunches (which we do on Zoom now), occasional happy hours, special events every once in a while, etc.”
  • “Simpson is probably one of the most collegial firms. We don't sit by group, so you get to know a lot more people outside of who you work with every day. Very much an open-door office mentality where social interaction is encouraged both inside the office and outside.”
  • “Lawyers zoom frequently for meals or coffee. The firm gives us a very generous budget to interact with our colleagues. The day-to-day atmosphere is very friendly, collegial and welcoming. Attorneys at STB are professional with one another.”

Why Work Here


Diversity at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

"The firm views diversity as one of our greatest strengths, as stated in our diversity mission statement: "Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP believes that the diversity of our attorneys is vital to our continuing ability to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients in the global community we serve. In order to maintain and build on our present success we must recruit, retain, mentor, develop, and promote outstanding individuals from diverse backgrounds, who bring to the practice of law a variety of perspectives, experiences and..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm's hiring process is stringent, and they look for candidates who are hardworking and have excellent work product, but the firm also places high importance on being able to work well as part of a team, being considerate and careful, and being respectful and kind to all colleagues (not just attorneys).”
  • “The firm is looking for smart, hardworking, and capable candidates. Most importantly, the firm is looking for candidates who will fit well in the Simpson culture—kind and willing to assist wherever possible.”
  • “We have training sessions and materials for people who are going to interview candidates. I think the firm is looking for diverse, motivated, and intelligent people who can function as part of a team. Based on the makeup of my class year, I think the firm hires from the best law schools in the country and chooses people who fit in well with the broader STB culture.”
  • “The firm considers—among other things—grades, experience, personality, and diversity.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


Roxane Reardon & Ben Heriaud

Partner & Associate

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Davis Coen & Danielle Jackson

Partner & Partner

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Caroline Gottschalk & Drew Harmon

Partner & Associate

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Jakob Rendtorff & Beth DiSciullo

Partner & Associate

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Lynn K. Neuner & Jacob Lundqvist

Partner & Associate

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