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Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

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Main Office:
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900 | Seattle | WA | 98101
Phone: 206-359-8000  | Fax: 206-359-9000 

Year of establishment 1912 Number of Partners 386
Number of offices 20 Partner:associate ratio 1.20
Larget office Seattle percent women attorneys 24.10
Number of attorneys 670 percent minority attorneys 15.10
Number of associates 309 percent gay attorneys 1.90
Perkins Coie LLP


With more than 1,000 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 startups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. Perkins Coie is frequently recognized for its leadership in the legal profession: Firm and Practice Accolades #42 among the highest-grossing U.S. firms based on 2014 revenue (The American Lawyer 2015) 131 attorneys recognized as leaders in their field, with 36 attorneys ranked Band 1; 40 practices recognized, with 20 ranked Band 1, including Political Law, Retail and Aviation Litigation (Chambers USA 2015) 221 attorneys listed as leaders in their field (Best Lawyers in America 2015) 14th largest law firm, by attorney head count, in the U.S. (Law360 2015) “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years (FORTUNE magazine 2003 – 2015) Top 20 corporate law firm (NYSE Governance Services 2015) Among the most innovative North American law firms (Financial Times 2013 – 2014) “Law Firm of the Year” in Technology 2014 – 2015, Environmental Law 2014 – 2015, Patent 2013 – 2014 and Land Use & Zoning Litigation 2014 (U.S. News – Best Lawyers) “Class Action Group of the Year” and “Insurance Group of the Year” (Law360 2014)

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®. Thirty-five attorneys were listed this year for the first time. This represented a 22 percent increase in the number of Perkins Coie attorneys who appeared in the 2012 edition.

Markus Funk - corporate lawyer & Partner of Perkins Coie has been named as the best corporate lawyer - 2012's "Barrister's Best #1 Corporate Lawyer in Colorado.
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).].
The Los Angeles Business Journal has named Perkins Coie as one of the "Best Places to Work in Los Angeles." Perkins Coie was among 44 companies honored in the Large Company category and was one of only 8 law firms recognized overall.


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.

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.


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