1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800 | Seattle | WA | 98101
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Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Perkins Coie is an international law firm listed on the Fortune Magazine â€ś100 Best Places to Work in Americaâ€ť for the past decade. This firm is the oldest and the largest law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.
Employing more than 800 attorneys, currently it has a total of 20 offices across the United States and Asia. Noted for its IP, Venture Capital, Emerging Companies, Labor & Employment, Corporate Governance and Securities, Investigations and White Collar Defense, and Products Liability practice groups, it provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to clients from the business and the corporate world.
The various clients that Perkins Coie takes care of include Fortune 100 corporations to small and independent start ups, and also include public and not-for-profit organizations. Some of the prestigious clients of Perkins Coie include Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Google, FaceBook, UPS, Nintendo, amongst many others.
Shortly into the beginning of the 20th century, in 1912, Perkins Coie was formed as a partnership between George Donworth, who was the Federal Judge of the Western District of Washington and Elmer Todd, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington at that time. Both men wanted to return to private practice and this desire to start a firm was the main reason that the firm was established. The new law firm was initially called Donworth and Todd; however it had not prospects at that time. The firm had no stenographer, no associates, and no clients.
However, the firmâ€™s landlord James D. Hoge, who owned the Hoge building in which the firm had opened its offices, commenced acting as a networker and landed the firm some of its major clients. One of the buildingâ€™s tenants was William E. Boeing, who was the owner of Boeing Airplane and Transport Corporation. The firm later matured into the Boeing Co. the multi-billion dollar aerospace giant The Boeing Co. This firm, the precursor of Perkins and Coie, landed yet another important client, Colonel Alden Blethen and his family, who were the publishers of The Seattle Times. The firm hired its first associate in 1916, who was a lawyer named Nelson T. Hartson. The firm shortly hired another associate, who happened to be the Donworthâ€™s son, Charles T. Donworth.
However, the firm was merged with another firm Higgins and Huges in 1919. This merger provided additional clients including the largest meat packer in the western United States, Frye & Co. Following the 1919 merger, the firm became known as Donworth, Todd and Higgins. The firm flourished immensely during this time. In 1930, Donworth left the firm along with his son to form another law firm. Following this, the firm underwent many name changes, until DeFForrest Perkins joined the firm in 1931 and Paul Coie joined the firm in 1942. In 1969, Perkins and Coie eventually became the principal name partners, thus giving the law firm the name of Perkins, Coie, Stone, Olsen and Williams.
By 1985, the firm followed the trend of abbreviation that swept throughout the legal profession and changed its name to Perkins Coie. However, both the principal partners had retired by this time. The partnership has earned the esteem of the legal profession in the Pacific Northwest, holding its position as one of the most prominent law firms in the region.
The firm became a legal giant by the 1980â€™s. In 1986, Robert Giles was appointed as the managing director of Perkins Coie, beginning an era of control of the firm that would continue into the 21st century. In 1993, the billings topped $100 million for the first time. However, the domestic business of the firm stagnated in the early 1990s, forcing the firm to locate new ways it conducting business. Growth returned to Perkins Coie in the final years of the 1990s.
By this time, there was an influx of new breed high technology entrepreneurs who needed legal advice in various legal areas. The partnership extended its intellectual-property practice by forming a patent-litigation group. Perkins Coie also completed a significant merger late in the decade. It absorbed the practice of a Silicon Valley firm, Hosie, Wes, Sacks, and Brelsford LLP. This strengthened the firm in many areas especially high-technology practice. The future holds promising for the firm in the 21st century, due to its legacy which provides reasonable optimism for its success into the future.
Areas of practice
Marketing & Promotions
Antitrust & Unfair Competition Litigation
Antitrust Counseling & Merger Clearance
Bankruptcy & Workouts
Resources & Land Use
California Intellectual Property
California Labor & Employment
California Real Estate Workouts
Class Action Defense
Climate Change Law & Policy
Coastal & Ocean Law
Compliance & Environmental Health & Safety Audits
Corporate Social Responsibility & Supply Chain Compliance
Perkins Coie Successfully Represents Minority Voters in Texas Redistricting Case: Perkins Coie LLP successfully represented a group of African-American and Hispanic voters from Texas in a case involving discrimination in Texas voting maps [Texas v. United States, Civil Action No. 11-1303 (D.D.C. Aug. 28, 2012).].
Perkins Coie Successfully Removes Multimillion Dollar State Law Contract Claim To Federal Court: In April of this year, CRGT, a provider of technology solutions for the Federal government, filed a complaint in Virginia state court alleging that Perkins Coie client Northrop Grumman had breached a subcontract arising out of the U.S. Army's Defense Knowledge On-Line program. In particular, CRGT alleged that Northrop Grumman had failed to pay it for the Army's use of CRGT's software licenses.
Perkins Coie Wins Patent Litigation Case for Simon Property Group Perkins Coie LLP successfully represented Simon Property Group, the largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in the U.S., in NorthMobileTech v. Simon Property Group, No. 3:11-CV-287 (W.D. Wis.), pending in the Western District of Wisconsin.
Awards and recognitions
197 of the firm's attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Perkins Coie has dynamic and motivated hiring criteria in place. The firm believes in diversity of though and experience that will enrich its dynamic work atmosphere. The firm has created company culture that is based on collaboration, devotion to serving clients as well as mutual respect.
New employees are integrated into the firm only after extensive orientation, new user training as well as mentorship programs. Perkins Coie is committed to a fair as well as an equitable workplace. At the firm, each member is treated as a valued member of the team.
Fellows are selected based on their academic record, interests as well as meaningful contribution to diversity programs at their law schools. Many fellows also receive offers for full time. The firm also supports a range of affinity groups for women, parents, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys, and even lawyers with disabilities and lawyers of color.
Perkins Coie has embraced diversity as a part of its commitment to excellence and community. This allows the firm to draw from various perspectives as well as communities in order to deliver excellence to its clients and attract the very best of talent to its ranks. Diversity is integral to its collegial environment because it allows learning from one another and appreciating differences and collaborating more effectively.
Perkins Coie is committed to becoming a diverse as well as inclusive firm. They are committed to supporting as well as participating with others in the effort to make the legal profession diverse and inclusive.
Once attorneys become a part of the firm, it makes them want to feel welcome and prepared to participate at every level of engagement that is necessary for their success. The firm also offers affinity groups for women, parents, gay, lesbian, bisexuals as well as transgender attorneys, and lawyers with disabilities and also lawyers of color.
These affinity groups offer a range of opportunities for their support as well as networking. At the same time, the local office diversity communities offer a range of programs and events that are capable to respond to the specific and unique needs of their communities. A number of committees such as the Strategic Diversity Committee and the Executive Committee serve work towards implementation of the diversity plan firm wide.
Summer associate program
erkin Coie has a summer associate program that provides a range of work opportunities and social events designed to promote interaction for summer associates, attorneys as well as staff. The summer associate program is the firm's primary source of new associate hires. They primarily recruit second year law students and occasionally hire pre-clerkship third year law students for their domestic offices. Summer associates are not expected to commit to a specific practice area. They usually are expected to complete projects within a variety of practice areas.
Summer associates typically chosen by the firm have excelled in law school and have significant writing experience. They are expected to have good law review, law journal experience, moot court, or prior academic or professional writing experience. They must have strong interpersonal as well as communication skills as well a genuine interest in and understanding of law practice.
The summer program offers a range of assignments and learning experiences. The firm provides challenging legal work assignments that are similar to those that are given to associates.
The summer associates are provided review as well as feedback at the conclusion of an assignment. Summer associates are strongly encouraged to work on pro bono assignments as well, which can offer the opportunity for direct client contact as well as court experience. Attorneys at the firm are encouraged to invite summer associates to attend depositions, mediations, closings, clients meetings, trials, and other business activities.
They are also invited to attend continuing education sessions that are offered by the firm during the summer. All summer associates at Perkins Coie gather in Seattle for a day of presentations and meetings to help them learn more about the firm as well and one another. The group also attends mountain retreats and other cultural programs to understand colleagues and other attorneys firm wide.
Salary & benefits
Working at Perkins Coie is considered to be a premium and much vaunted assignment. The firm pays its lawyers a handsome salary of $ 120,000 P/A and it summer associates receive $ 2100 p/m as remuneration.
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Spending Account
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Short-term Disability Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance
Benefits Package: Additional benefits: bar exam stipend; bar review; exam and member fees; malpractice insurance; emergency backup childcare (offsite; available in some offices); dependent care reimbursement account; infertility coverage; adoption assistance benefit; travel accident insurance; pet insurance
Working for the Perkins Coie LLP
Perkins Coie understands that the legal career is about choices rather than tradeoffs. The firm has been named as one of the country's 100 best places to work for by the Fortune Magazine for ten consecutive years. The firm provides its attorneys and other support staff an exceptional foundation on which they can continue to expand their profession or their practice.
Regarding attorneys, the firm has hired more than 200 lateral attorneys firm wide at all experience levels in the past three years. The firm's attorneys and other staff have broad and diverse backgrounds that come from within as well as outside law practice. The firm is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages legal aspirants to pursue their very own definition of success, both within as well as outside the office.
The firm is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status among others.
In more than a century of service, Perkins Coie lawyers and staff have been dedicated to giving back to the community. It believes in sharing its time and talent with those who are in need and helps define themselves as a firm and as a group of responsible individuals.
The firm's dedication to pro bono service truly runs deep. It has in place a pro bono counsel who manages the program across the firm. The firm wide pro bono committee supports the initiatives that enable the program to succeed. Also, the firm has a generous policy that allows the associates to receive full billable hour credit when they work on pro bono matters.
Attorneys are provided a wide range of opportunities that allows them to follow their passions with the full back up of the firm's resources. Additionally, the firm provides much needed services to nonprofit organizations and also provides assistance in labor, real estate, or corporate governance issues. Through its pro bono legal work, Perkins Coie strives to change lives and transform communities.
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