Founded in 1946 by three former members of the FDR Administration, DC-based Arnold & Porter
("A&P") has since established itself as both one of the nation's most respected firms and a genuinely enjoyable place to practice law. A&P now boasts in excess of 600 attorneys and, along with the addition of its latest branch in Brussels earlier this fall, the firm has satellites in Los Angeles, New York, London, Denver, Northern Virginia and Century City to compliment the nearly 400-attorney flagship DC office.
More than half of all A&P lawyers are litigators and the firm is renowned for its antitrust, banking, IP and bankruptcy work. Just last month, A&P's Northern Virginia office added respected litigation partner Douglas P. Lobel
, along with two associates and one paralegal, to its litigation group. Mr. Lobel enjoys a fine reputation within regional and national legal communities and the addition of his group greatly enhances the firm's abilities in the areas of telecommunications, securities, financial services, as well as general commercial litigation.
Those interested in joining A&P should, first and foremost, enroll at a top law school, then earn decent grades. Students at lesser institutions wishing to take the "back door" into the firm had better hit the books because the firm will only consider those at or near the top of their class. Academics only get one's foot in the door, however, as A&P's recruiting process is specifically designed with the firm's laidback culture in mind. Personality is a must and those that plan on becoming an automaton cranking out brief after brief with little interaction with colleagues are better off applying elsewhere. After all, this is a firm where Harry Katz, a senior litigation partner specializing in innovative technology cases, keeps a larger-than-life size Darth Vader, complete with lightsaber, in his office.
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