4 Star Rating

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Main Office: 1133 Avenue of The Americas | New York City | NY | 10036
Phone: 212-336-2000 | Fax: 212-336-2222

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP





New York City






Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Reviews view all

Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Don't overlook good lawyers just because they aren't working with high end clients. Look for the potential in all the people who work there.

The associates are given meaningful work early in their careers. The firm also maintains a good work/life balance. They're especially understanding with parents.

Your career growth can be somewhat stunted if you don't wind up working with the big clients on the big cases. Just not a great career path for some.

Current Employee

Reviewed on July 21, 2017

This firm enjoys a solid reputation, a good client list, and has a number of court victories that stand out. You will want to apply here and see if this is the right fit for you.

The senior partners here know their associates are eager to make an impression. So you will be given a chance. Make sure you don't squander that opportunity. You will have a chance to do great things here and get a chance to make partner.

There seems to be a limited practice area for new associates. You may not get the plum assignment you are seeking. Instead, you may be forced to work in an area of the law that is not as interesting to you. Many associates will not appreciate this.

Current Employee


Founded in 1919, Patterson Belknap is a law firm of over 200 lawyers committed to providing high quality legal advice and service to clients and to maintaining a congenial and diverse workplace. We make our clients’ business issues our own. At the same time, we care about our attorneys, our staff and the community we are privileged to serve. As a result of our performance and our values, the firm is included on The American Lawyer’s 2015 “A-List” of 20 leading law firms in the United States. Patterson Belknap delivers a full range of services across more than 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. Our practice groups and attorneys are regularly ranked among the leaders in New York and nationally by the most respected industry guides, based on client and peer reviews. Clients include a diverse group of institutions and individuals: from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to major media and publishing empires; from consumer products companies to financial institutions; from fine art museums to famous entertainers; from foreign companies seeking to transact business on U.S. stock exchanges to U.S. companies doing business abroad. Patterson Belknap is a magnet for independent thinkers. We were founded by attorneys who believed they could create a more congenial atmosphere on their own, away from the lockstep anonymity of larger firms. The firm carefully manages growth and purposefully operates with a single office in New York City. As a result, we can exercise concentrated quality control, and our attorneys can draw freely on each other’s skills in an atmosphere that has been described as "collegial to the extreme." The National Law Journal has included Patterson Belknap on a list of firms that it considers to have "the nimbleness and adaptability that come from lean operations and strong client ties." This environment promotes the responsiveness, efficiency and personal attention we believe clients seek. The reward for Patterson Belknap has been the loyalty of our clients, many of which have remained with the firm for decades. Commitment to public service is, and always has been, a key value of the firm. We are consistently ranked near the top of The American Lawyer's annual pro bono survey. Every year since 2004, 100% of our attorneys participated in pro bono projects, perhaps a first for a law firm of our size. At the heart of our pro bono program is a deep commitment to bringing the best possible legal representation to the most underserved, and frequently overlooked, populations. We are proud of the work we do, frequently teaming up with some of the nation’s most respected legal services organizations, to improve the lives of those whose voices might not be heard otherwise. We are also committed to the defense of human and civil rights. Our pro bono work includes the defense of prisoners on death row and our attorneys have filed several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal on issues relating to the "War on Terror."

Practice Areas

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We look for excellent academic achievement; legal acumen; strong writing ability; leadership; solid interpersonal, client service and professional skills; and a high level of motivation to assume significant responsibility and succeed. Journal, moot court, and related extra-curricular activities are also taken into account.

Pro bono

Patterson Belknap has a long and proud history of public service, embodied today in our unparalleled pro bono program. Every lawyer at the firm is active in pro bono work. Since 2004, 100% of our attorneys have participated in pro bono projects every year. By accepting the American Bar Association's pro bono challenge, we agreed to devote up to five percent of the firm's annual billable hours to public service work. The firm is consistently ranked near the top of The American Lawyer's annual pro bono survey.

At the heart of our pro bono program is a deep commitment to bringing the best possible legal representation to the most underserved, and frequently overlooked, populations. We are extremely proud of the work we do, frequently in partnership with some of the nation's most respected legal services organizations. Our attorneys work one-to-one with clients daily to resolve legal issues that could otherwise leave them and their families devastated. While these matters are not always widely publicized, the work our attorneys perform both inside and outside the courtroom often makes the difference between our clients being sheltered or homeless, healthy or sick, and with or without a voice in the courtroom, before administrative agencies or in their daily lives.

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Adeel Mangi Named a 2014 Rising Star by Diversity & the Bar

Adeel Mangi Named as a 2014 NYLJ Rising Star

Adeel Mangi Recognized as one of NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40

Advertising Litigation Practice Shortlisted for 2012 Chambers Award

Advertising Litigation Practice Shortlisted for 2013 Chambers Award

Associate Muhammad Faridi Receives Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Associate Sarah Levin Receives 2014 NYSBA President's Pro Bono Service Award

Associates Rank Firm #2 in NYC - Best Place to Work

Best Lawyers in America 2010

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A Awards Bill Cavanaugh Inaugural Judge Harold Tyler Award

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010

Euromoney / Institutional Investor's Benchmark Survey

False Advertising Practice Achieves Top Tier Ranking in Legal 500

False Advertising Practice Ranked in Legal 500 Top Tier

Firm Achieves Top Rankings in New York and Nationwide in Benchmark Litigation 2015 Guide

Firm Again Ranks #1 Among NYC-Based Firms on The American Lawyer's Midlevel Associate Survey

Firm Again Recognized Among "Best Places To Work" for LGBT Equality

Firm Attorneys and Practices Increase Recognition in Chambers USA 2013

Firm Attorneys Honored at The Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico Awards

Firm Attorneys Increase Recognition in Best Lawyers in America

Firm Attorneys Increase Recognition in Best Lawyers in America®

Firm Continues to Increase Recognition In Chambers USA

Firm Increases Recognition in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2015 "Best Law Firms" Survey

Firm Litigation Practice Wins Top Ratings in Benchmark Litigation 2013 Guides

Firm Named "Advertising Firm of the Year" By Chambers USA

Firm Named One of Law360's Pro Bono Firms 2012

Firm Named One of Law360's Top 20 Pro Bono Firms of 2013

Firm Named One of Law360's Top 20 Pro Bono Firms of 2014

Firm Ranks #1 Among NYC Based Firms on The American Lawyer's Midlevel Associate Survey

Firm Ranks #2 Among NYC Based Firms - 2012 Midlevel Associates' Satisfaction Survey

Firm Recognized Among "Best Places to Work" for LGBT Equality

Firm Recognized by New York Legal Assistance Group and The Legal Aid Society

Firm Wins Top Rankings in Benchmark Litigation 2014 Guides

Firm Wins Top Ratings in Benchmark Litigation 2012 and Benchmark Appellate 2012

IP World's World Leaders International IP Award for Private Practice Trademark Excellence/Litigation

Law360 IP Firm of the Year

Legal Media Group's Experts Guide to The of the Best Practitioners Worldwide

National Law Journal's Midsize Hot List

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York State Bar Association

New York Theological Seminary's "Urban Angel" Award

Patterson Belknap Achieves Top Rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Survey

Patterson Belknap Increases Recognition In 2011 Chambers USA

Patterson Belknap Lawyers Increase Recognition in The Best Lawyers in America

Patterson Belknap on The American Lawyer's 2011 "A-List"

Patterson Belknap on The American Lawyer's 2013 "A-List"

Patterson Belknap Practices Receive First Tier Rankings from Legal 500

Patterson Belknap Ranked in Top 10 on The American Lawyer's "A-List"

Patterson Belknap Receives Increased Recognition in Chambers USA 2014

Patterson Belknap Receives Top Rankings in Managing Intellectual Property's 2014 "IP Stars"

Patterson Belknap Recognized as a Top Firm for LGBT Equality in 2011

Peter C. Harvey Recognized as "Private Practitioner of the Year" by MBBA

Rochelle Korman named NYC Best Lawyers Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year

Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Achieves Top Tier Ranking in Legal 500

The American Lawyer "A-List"

The Legal Aid Society Recognizes Attorneys and Firm at the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico Award

William F. Cavanaugh, Jr., named NYC Best Lawyers® Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year

Diversity Write a review

"My experience at Patterson is that diversity is not a slogan or a trend. It is, instead, a firm commitment. While the quality of one's ideas and work certainly matter, the respect that one gives to another also matters greatly. We recognize that our firm is enriched by the different characteristics of our colleagues. Rather than ignoring these diverse personal differences, we affirm and celebrate them; and that is quite refreshing."

Summer associate program

In 2010, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP had a class of 11 summer associates. 8 of those summer associates were considered for offers. 8 offers were made.

First and second year law students are paid $3,076 per week.

1L weekly compensation $3,076

2L weekly compensation $3,076

minimum weeks for split summers 8

size of 2010 summer class 11

males 6

females 5

2Ls considered for offers 8

Offers made 8


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