30 Rockefeller Plaza, | New York City | NY | 10112
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Chadbourne & Parke LLP founded in 1902 by Thomas L. Chadbourne has upwards of 400 lawyers and tax advisors in 13 offices in 10 countries. The firm is best known for its global practice in project finance and energy, international insurance and reinsurance practice, multi-jurisdictional litigation in courts and corporate transactions.
The firm has intensively pursued all these practice areas specifically targeting the up-and-coming markets of Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Middle East.
In 1973 the firm shifted location from its original home to more swanky quarters more becoming of its international status. In 1935 it pioneered branching out for New York firms by opening a branch in Washington DC. Commencing with an office in Moscow in 1990, the firm set up offices in England, Poland, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, with recent locations being São Paulo, Brazil and Istanbul, Turkey and China.
The firm got a boost when it acquired the Mexico City office of the New York firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood, adding to its lawyers and strengthening its edge on Latin America-related arbitration and transactions.
Chadbourne's multiplicity of practices and unitary structure enable it to meet its clients' full range of legal needs, both within the United States and internationally. With its global network of attorneys, the firm is well placed to evaluate market, institutional and regulatory trends as they evolve, and offer clients a full range of legal services on practically all their legal needs.
The firm has had its brush with some of the world’s most iconic legendaries and its individual clients have included such names as Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, James Joyce and the Wright Brothers.
Areas of practice
Accountants' Liability Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Banking and Financial Services Litigation
Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring
Corporate Governance and Risk Oversight
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
Insurance and Reinsurance
Life Settlement and Insurance Products
Mergers and Acquisitions
Next Generation Vehicles
Private Client Group
Products Liability Counseling and Defense
Project Finance Workout and Restructuring
Public International Law
Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement
Media and Technology
White Collar Defense
Regulatory Investigations and Litigation
During its phenomenal journey the firm has notched up some impressive victories. In 1924, Tom Chadbourne coordinated the consolidation of New York City's subway system. The firm's success in two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court in the 1980s created the legal framework for development of the cogeneration and independent power production industries.
Some of its recent accomplishments are as under:
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP represented the lenders in connection with the approximately $6 billion Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC Project, comprising approximately $3.6 billion of project finance debt and approximately $2 billion of equity.
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP counseled PepsiCo in its acquisition of JSC Lebedyansky, a Russian juice manufacturer.
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP was counsel to Gazprom in the $20 billion project finance to develop the Shtokman field.
- Chadbourne & Parke advised the Asian Development Bank in the $412 million project finance for an electrical generating plant in Ba Ria-Vung, Vietnam.
- Chadbourne & Parke was products liability counsel for British American Tobacco in the $280 billion government Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Action against cigarette manufacturers.
- Chadbourne & Parke arbitrated on behalf of Lloyd's of London related to the Enron and WorldCom losses.
Awards and recognitions
Chadbourne & Parke is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP received high scores from Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business in its 2012 ranking of law firms and attorneys. Chambers bases its directory rankings on thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients conducted in 180 countries.
- Two Chadbourne practice groups and nine lawyers were recognized as leaders in their field in the 2013 edition of Chambers UK: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
- Poder Magazine selected Chadbourne & Parke as one of four law firms it describes as being the most important players in corporate law worldwide. Chadbourne was given global recognition for being a leader in the practices and legal specialties that it practices. Chadbourne was also described as "innovative and flexible."
- Twelve Chadbourne & Parke practice areas and 33 attorneys received high marks in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
- Chadbourne & Parke partner and Public Companies practice group head Marc A. Alpert was one of four attorneys nationwide recently honored by The BTI Consulting Group as a "Client Service Super All-Star" in the BTI Client Service Law Firm All-Stars 2012 survey.
- Twenty-two Chadbourne & Parke attorneys have been chosen for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America, one of the legal industry's leading peer-selected publications.
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP received high marks from summer associates according to Vault's 2012 Best Overall Summer Associate Program survey. Chadbourne ranked ninth in the nationwide survey for Best Overall Summer Program and for Most Realistic Summer Program.
- The firm also placed sixth in the nationwide category of Summer Program that Best Prepares You for Practice. Vault's rankings are based upon extensive feedback received from former summer associates at large law firms across the country.
Chadbourne & Parke hires at more than 25 campuses and job fairs. It has put up its Recruiting Schedule on its website.
The firm hires the majority of its summer associates through on-campus recruiting. If the candidates school is not on the firm's on-campus interview schedule candidates are advised to send their resume, transcript and cover letter, along with a writing sample to the Attorney Recruiting representative in the office in which they would like to work.
The firm says that if they feel that you have the requisite potential and qualifications to make the grade they will get in touch with you as soon as possible. The firm says that it understands that students need to hear with the NALP 28 day timeline so that they can make informed decisions.
Interviewed students can expect to be updated regarding the status of their candidacy around a fortnight after the interview.
At Chadbourne & Parke, all take great pride in the Firm's commitment to building and nurturing a workplace of diverse individuals with varied backgrounds and interests.
The firm says that the following principles form the basis of their commitment to diversity. The firm believes in following equity, inclusion and pluralism in its policies, practices and business relationships and in the recruitment of the best from a diverse candidate pool and the sustenance of a fair, inclusive, non-judgmental and respectful working environment
The firm has always received high billings when it comes to diversity and The American Lawyer's 2012 Diversity Scorecard saw it ranked 29th, whilst the by MultiCultural Law Magazine in its 2012 "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity" listing ranked it 11th.
Chadbourne is a charter signatory to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's 2003 Statement of Diversity Principles and many other associations that work towards enhancing diversity within the legal profession.
Chadbourne has always taken firm steps to recruit and hire attorneys from traditionally underrepresented groups by actively participating in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers' Fellowship Program since its inception in 1991. Each summer, Chadbourne has a law student from the program as a summer associate.
In keeping with the Firm's efforts to sustain a fair, inclusive, non-judgmental and respectful working environment, the Firm has expanded the provisions of its non-discrimination policy to include "gender identity or expression.
The firm has initiated many programs to ensure that everyone at the firm understands the firm's commitment to diversity and requires all partners and employees to attend a sensitivity training program that covers policies relating to discrimination, harassment and diversity.
Summer associate program
The goal of the firm's summer program is to engross law students in life at Chadbourne and to provide a realistic look at the Firm, both in terms of the work it does and allows the students to absorb the firm's work ethos and understand the people there.
Associates may work on corporate deals, project finance transactions, commercial, insurance or products liability litigations, employment law and intellectual property matters. Through hands-on work and by following Chadbourne attorneys, summer associates experience all aspects of legal work.
The objective of the firm's training, mentoring and professional development programs is to give these associates solid skills in negotiating, drafting, researching, performing legal analysis, strategizing and developing business. Whenever possible, they are invited to work directly with the firm's clients, attend court proceedings and participate in conference calls.
Students are welcome to take assignments from as many practice groups as they like and the Legal Recruiting Department tries it best to give assignments that best interest the associates. Chadbourne offers a range of training seminars and workshops throughout the summer as also presentations from each of the firms major practice groups to better inform the students of the firm's practice areas. Moreover, the students receive feedback on their work on a consistent basis.
The firm provides students with a partner mentor as well as an associate mentor. This helps provide experience with different clients and industries. The associate mentor helps with day to day office life.Apart from paid client work students are also encouraged to participate in pro bono assignments.
It's not all work and the social side of the summer provide good food, good fun and, most important, and opportunities for the summer associates and attorneys to get to know one another.
Salary & benefits
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
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
Medical Spending Account
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Working for the Chadbourne & Parke LLP
If you are looking for a challenging yet welcoming workplace, Chadbourne & Parke LLP is a great place to begin and expand upon your legal career. Inspite of its exceptional growth the work culture at the firm has remained relaxed, welcoming and entrepreneurial. Achieving professional excellence in a collegial and hospitable environment, where differences are respected, is what the firm places great emphasis upon.
People are respected and considered to the firm's greatest assets. Most summer associates stay on as permanent employees as the firm makes an attempt to integrate and train them from the moment they join them. Many of the summer associates, including its Managing Partner, have been with the Firm since they were summer associates.
The firm strongly encourages attorneys of all levels and specialties to pursue their interests and strengths within the legal field. The firm says that it is committed to build interesting, successful careers in a supportive environment. Moreover the firm pays well and has great benefits.
Chadbourne is committed to improving the communities in which they work and has long embraced its responsibility to the community at large and encouraged involvement in pro bono and other public service activities.
The firm provides pro bono services in a wide range of activities, ensuring that those who need legal services but cannot afford them are not denied it. The firm mentors high school students in mock trial competitions and serves on many legal platforms of legal service providers to the poor and needy.
Chadbourne is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and is a Founding Member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project. It has been number one for firms of its size in The Legal Aid Society's Associates' Campaign for several years running.
The firm has a Pro Bono Committee with a full-time Pro Bono Coordinator. The committee is comprised of partners, counsel and associates from all offices, US and overseas and all practice areas, to help coordinate its pro bono efforts effectively.
Every year the firm donates significant attorney time to pro bono work. It accepts each of its attorney's to attorneys to perform at least 20-50 hours of pro bono work annually. The firm's attorneys are encouraged to participate in a wide range of matters; many of which benefit diverse communities. All attorneys who perform 100 or more hours of pro bono service are named to the Pro Bono Honor Roll and receive an engraved memento.
It has a longstanding and greatly valued tradition of service to the community. The firm believes that it is one way of repaying the community that has given it so much.
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Project Finance Associate
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