As a global law firm, Bingham McCutchen LLP has approximately 1,100 attorneys spread across nine US offices and four international offices. The firm represents clients across diverse areas such as corporate litigation, cross-border restructurings, insolvencies, financing and securities, capital markets, and an entire range of corporate as well as technology transactions.
In 2009, Fortune magazine in its article mentioned Bingham McCutchen as the 30th best company to work for. Bingham McCutchen came up on this list for the fifth consecutive year. Similar honors were bestowed upon this firm by a various other publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, and the Boston Business Journal.
The company is on a sharp growth curve since 1997. The firm has grown in the number of attorneys, offices, and revenues on its way forward and has absorbed other law firm as well. Its offices are concentrated in the California and East Coast Areas. The firm also offers a diverse range of consulting services through its subsidiaries the Bingham Consulting Group and Bingham Strategic Advisors.
Bingham McCutchen has its roots in the old-line Boston based firm Bingham, Dana & Gould. Since the 1990's the firm embraced a growth strategy transforming it to a national and then an internationally successful firm. Prior to that, Bingham was a regional heavy weight, especially in the Boston area. In 1997, the firm acquired an international focused firm Marks and Murase along with its entire list of Japanese clients. It also opened office in New York City along with a 25-member lawyer team from Marks.
The firm also established an office in Hartford, Connecticut through a merger with Hebb & Giltin, which had a 55-lawyer team. This firm concentrated on international bankruptcy work. In this, manner the firm took to several mergers and acquisitions and finally emerged as 800 lawyer strong Bingham McCutchen.
The year 2003 saw the firm expanding in Southern California. Shortly after, in 2006, a Washington DC firm - Swidler Berlin Sheriff Friedman merged with Bingham McCutchen, giving it greater abilities in the nation's capital. The firm also launched in Hong Kong in the same year. The following years saw more mergers especially with two Tokyo based firms to build a strong US presence in Japan. The July 2009 firm acquired McKee Nelson, which was a midsize firm that specialized in tax law as well as structured finance.
Areas of practice
Competition and Trade Regulation
Banking and Leveraged Finance
Bingham Strategic Advisors
Clean Technology and Renewable Energy
Construction and Project Finance Litigation
Proxy Contest and Activist Investing
Distressed Real Estate
Emerging Growth Companies
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Employment and Labor
Energy and Project Finance
Media and Communications
Land Use and Natural Resources
Environmental Liabilities in Bankruptcy
International Compliance and Risk Management
Financial Reform / Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act Resource Center
Land Use and Development
Latin America Practice
Mergers and Acquisitions
Natural Resources Counsel
Privacy and Security
Private Investment Funds
Marketing and Advertising
Public Company Reporting
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Litigation
Registered Investment Companies
Securities Enforcement and Investigations
Securities and Financial Institutions Litigation
Tax: Transfer Pricing
Media and Technology
Trading and Markets
UK Financial Regulatory Practice
White Collar Investigations and Enforcement
n May 2012, Bingham successfully represented Andarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) in obtaining a decision to dismiss it from a fraudulent transfer litigation, which was associated with the bankruptcy of Tronox Incorporated. This decision was successfully obtained along with co-counsel from Weil Gotshal & Manges.
In April 2012, Bingham's multi office international team represented Olympus, which is the leading camera and medical device maker as lead counsel. This is in relation with a matter related to the company's high profile matter involving $ 1.7 billion in accounting irregularities.
In February 2012, a Bingham team successfully represented Intel, wherein the latter reached an agreement with the New York attorney general to terminate a law suit that alleged violation of U.S. and state anti-trust laws.
Awards and recognitions
Bingham McCutchen has consistently received awards and accolades repeatedly for its top performance in the legal arena. This list details some of the best awards that the company has received over time:
Other awards include:
Named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For".
Received the Legal Standard for Excellence Award from the Web Marketing Association in 2007 and 2008.
"Webby" award in the law category in 2008, for its innovative website design and function.
Nominated for three Chambers USA 2011 Awards for Excellence.
Won the SharePoint Innovator of the Year Award at the International Legal Technology Association's (ILTA) 2011 Distinguished Peer Awards program in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2011, ranked as one of MultiCultural Law Magazine's 2011 "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity".
Recognized on the "Top 50 Law Firms for Partners" and "Top 100 Law Firms for Women" lists.
In 2011, Bingham scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. This was based on its treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
For eight years running (2005-2012) FORTUNE magazine named Bingham as one of its 100 Best Companies to Work For.
The company has straightforward and uncomplicated hiring criteria for lawyers and other personnel who wish to build their careers here. The company strongly desires that candidates possess strong academics, excellent writing and communication skills along with integrity and initiative.
Also strongly desired are high motivation and strong interpersonal skills along with competence and common sense. Additionally, the candidates need to possess a strong sense of humor. Contributions to journals, clinical programs, moot court activities, and prior work experience are welcome. The company also actively participates in job fairs such as:
Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair
Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair
BASF Diversity Career Fair
National LGBT Bar Association Career Fair/Conference
Taxation Interview Program (TIP)
Bingham actively seeks candidates who meet the above recruitment criteria. Bingham McCutchen also recruits from campus interviews and visited nearly 24 law schools and 7 job fairs for recruiting fresh talent to the company.
Bingham truly believes in diversity and recognizes it as a power that brings together women and men of diverse races, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The diversity program that Bingham follows is a critical element of the company's culture and reflects upon its business and values. The company has achieved and sustained high-level recognition by recruiting stronger, more energetic, dynamic and creative individuals from diverse backgrounds.
As further commitment to diversity at the workplace, the company established the diversity taskforce in 2002, which evolved into a permanent firm committee, the diversity committee, in 2006. The diversity committee works companywide to accomplish the diversity action plan. Additionally, the firm has created a Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, which honors the first American justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The company also participates in the Boston Lawyers Group and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity. These programs are structured to encourage minority participation at law schools, so that students from the minority community can study at law school and explore private practice.
Summer associate program
Offering a 10-week summer program in all its domestic offices, the company's summer associate program was ranked third nationally in the 2011 American Lawyer Summer Associates Survey.
The summer associates typically receive their work assignments from an attorney summer coordinator. They are expected to complete about 11 to 15 summer assignments during their tenure as a summer associate.
Advantages include unlimited attorney lunches as well as weekly social events for summer associates such as tequila tastings and a Top Chef Competition. 67% of the firm's summer associates received offers in 2009, while 88% of the 43 summer associates received offers in 2010.
Salary & benefits
Despite enacting a pay freeze in 2009, the firm announced that salaries would be raised to market level for associates who had billed at least 1,900 hours in 2009. The starting salaries are $ 160,000 in all offices.
The bonuses are individualized; however, they typically match bonus levels for associates who meet the previously agreed hourly requirements. In fact, the firm usually waits until March to pay out the yearly bonuses.
Y3 $0-$170- 185,000
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
529 College Savings Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
401(k)/IRA/Other Ret. Plan w/Employer
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Health Club Membership
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Benefits Package: Domestic Partner Benefits (including gross-up pay for same-sex couples enrolled in health benefits); Transgender Medical Benefits; Progressive Part-time Policy; 4 Weeks Vacation (3 weeks (associate) and 4 weeks (counsel) in California); Pre-tax and Roth 401(k)/IRA (with rollovers for non-spousal beneficiaries); Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Insurance; College Coach Program (provides assistance with saving money for college and the college admissions process); Employee Assistance Program (includes legal and financial counseling); Emergency back up center-based child care; Emergency back up in-home child care for well and mildly ill children; Emergency back up in-home adult and elder care; Volunteer Day Program; Shared Leave Program (allows employees to donate unused vacation time to a bank for employees who need to request time off to care for an ill family member and would otherwise be unpaid); Mentor Program; Bar Review, Exam, Bar Dues & Association Fees; Judicial Clerkship bonus (for entry level associates); Firm Laptop; Business Casual Dress Code; Wellness Program & Discounted Gym Membership; Health Advocate (helps facilitate interaction with providers and insurers); Adoption/Surrogate benefits that (can be used for eligible adoption-related expenses including surrogate fees, costs and resulting adoption and legal fees).
Working for the Bingham McCutchen LLP.
Bingham McCutchen relies on its ability to deliver global intelligence in the form of legal services through its global network of more than 1,000 lawyers on three continents. Aspirants benefit from experience, on the ground knowledge, broader analysis and end-to-end solutions across the world.
Bingham McCutchen believes that in the areas where they practice, they practice with the best. Lawyers at Bingham play key roles in matters of worldwide importance. The management at this company has built a unique work environment - one that is a tipping point for many budding aspirants in the company's favor.
The company has great opportunities for staff. It has a clear strategic vision, financial strength and stability to make it an exceptional place to build a career. In addition to its cutting edge legal work,it is also consistently recognized for the quality of its culture and working environment.
The company's hiring philosophy puts a strong emphasis on excellence. Bingham is financially strong, globally agile, and values driven. It continues to attract top tier lawyers who want to build a successful career in the legal field. Bingham strongly believes in diversity and has been consistently awarded as the one of the best companies to work for.
Several paths exist for a budding aspirant to work for the company. Bingham offers summer associate programs, avenues as a lateral lawyer, career after judicial clerkship, or a career as a staff attorney. Part-time careers are allowed, for which a written policy exists for part timers. For full-time work, the company expects 2,100 billable hours. The company also allows telecommuting and flextime schedules to suit individual preferences and circumstances.
Bingham McCutchen is signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge. As a consequence, the firm has pledged to invest a significant amount of the firm's resources to pro bono matters.
Bingham McCutchen invested more than 44,000 hours in pro bono matters in 2011. The company has an active pro bono fellowship program that allows two associates to work exclusively on pro bono projects for one year, while staying with the firm. Some of the cases handled pro bono are mentioned herewith:
Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
Bingham is representing several detainees being help without charge at Guant
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