Perkins Coie LLP

Main office 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800 | Seattle | WA | 98101
Phone 206-359-8000 
Fax 206-359-9000 
Year of establishment 1912
Number of offices 20
Largest office Seattle
Number of attorneys 670
Number of associates 309
Number of partners 386
Partner: associate ratio 1.20
Percent women attorneys 24.10
Percent minority attorneys 15.10
Percent gay attorneys 1.90


With more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie LLP represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from start-ups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. Accolades Perkins Coie is frequently recognized for its leadership in the legal profession: Ranked #49 on the American Lawyer 100 list (2014) Listed on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for twelve consecutive years (2003 - 2014) Ranked as a leading firm in Chambers USA with 128 attorneys listed in 10 key markets across the country. The firm received Band 1 rankings (2014) in 19 practice areas. 207 lawyers named among the "Best Lawyers in America" (2014) 17th largest law firm, by attorney headcount, in the U.S. (Law360, 2014) Earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index (2009 - 2014) Gold Standard Certificate from Women in Law Empowerment Forum (2011 - 2014) Honored by Working Mother and Flex Time Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" (2008, 2009, 2011 - 2013) Named one of 50 recipients in the 2013 AA RP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award, co-sponsored by Society for Human Resource Management Received ABA ’s inaugural Champions for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award 2014

Areas of practice

  • Advertising
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Aircraft Financing
  • Antitrust & Unfair Competition Litigation
  • Antitrust Counseling & Merger Clearance
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy & Workouts
  • Bid Protests
  • Brand Protection
  • Business
  • Business Litigation
  • California Business
  • California Environmental
  • Energy
  • Resources & Land Use
  • California Industries
  • California Intellectual Property
  • California Labor & Employment
  • California Litigation
  • California Practice
  • California Real Estate Workouts
  • China Practice
  • Class Action Defense
  • Climate Change Law & Policy
  • Coastal & Ocean Law
  • Commercial Finance
  • Compliance & Environmental Health & Safety Audits
  • Construction
  • Consumer Protection
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Supply Chain Compliance
  • Corporate Trust: Defaults & Bankruptcies
  • Corporate Trust: General Representation
  • Domain Names/Cybersquatting
  • EB-5 Immigration Investments
  • E-Discovery Services & Strategy
  • Emerging Companies
  • Emerging Companies (Portland)
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Counseling & Preventive Law/Training
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Privacy
  • Endangered Species & Wildlife
  • Energy
  • Energy - FERC
  • Energy - Renewable
  • Energy - Solar
  • Energy - State Utility Regulation
  • Energy - Wind
  • Energy Litigation
  • Energy Power Marketing
  • Energy Project Permitting & Development
  • Energy Regulation & Policy
  • Environment
  • Energy & Resources
  • Environmental Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Export Controls
  • Federal Grants & Loans
  • Federal Tax
  • Finance
  • Financial Services Corporate

  • Regulatory
  • Compliance & Transactions
  • Financial Services Litigation & Investigations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance & Defense
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Contracts - GSA
  • Government Relations
  • Immigration
  • India Practice
  • Indian Law & Gaming
  • Infrastructure Project Development & Finance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • International Business
  • International Trade
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Investment Management
  • IP Enforcement Programs
  • Israel Practice
  • ITC Section 337 Actions
  • Labor & Employment
  • Land Use
  • Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Military Facility Privatization
  • Noncompetition Litigation
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Oil & Gas
  • Patent
  • Patent Litigation
  • Personal Planning
  • Political Law
  • Privacy & Security
  • Private Equity
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Product Liability
  • Product Liability: Aviation/Aerospace
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Project Development
  • Project Finance
  • Public Companies
  • Public Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships & Privatizations
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Workouts
  • Regulatory Litigation
  • Securities & Corporate Governance Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement
  • State & Local Tax
  • Taiwan Practice
  • Technology Transactions & Privacy
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Traditional Labor
  • Trust & Investment Services
  • Venture Capital
  • Water Rights
  • Worker Safety & Health
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace Investigations

Notable cases

  • 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

Hiring criteria

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.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Spending Account
  • Parental Leave
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision 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.

Pro bono

    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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