Foley Hoag LLP.

Foley Hoag LLP.

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard | Boston | MA | 02210-2600

Phone: 617-832-1000 | Fax: 617-832-7000

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Year of establishment 1943 Number of partners 114
Number of offices 4 Partner to associate ratio 1.20
Biggest office Boston Percentage of women attorneys 35.10
Number of attorneys 242 Percentage of minority attorneys 17.40
Number of associates 95 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 5.00
Foley Hoag LLP.
   3 reviews

Foley Hoag LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Talk to everyone more frequently to communicate with them about their needs and your expectations. People do not perform well when there is stress due to uncertainty - when this can be prevented, there's no reason they need to be subjected to it.

Pros: Benefits and pay were satisfactory, for me. Work was relatively interesting. Associates and staff were easy to get along with. I thought the location was good, but there were mixed opinions on this, based on who I asked.

Cons: The firm just seemed kind of disorganized, at times. For example, sometimes, there was so much work that my previously scheduled time off was basically postponed with really short notice, and other times, there was really not much to do at all. Some people received new technology without really needing it that badly, while others who really needed it went without.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

- Reviewed on October 26, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Management needs to keep a better eye on their employees and stop unprofessional behavior. Also, having more positions open for employees would make them consider staying longer.

Pros: This firm is very flexible to your schedule and very understanding if you need to take a day off. They offer great benefits and packages when you first start and really seem to care about their employees having a healthy home life.

Cons: The upward mobility for this firm is severely lacking. Most employees work in the same position for years or eventually quit and move on to something else. The work environment can always be filled with drama at times.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee


To appreciate the Foley Hoag difference, consider our history. In 1943, the legal profession was an exclusionary culture enforced by a rigid unwritten social code. Yet two individuals, Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag, defied the status quo, daring to establish a different kind of law firm based on a radically new criterion: individual merit. This commitment, which endures seven decades later, has yielded a high-performing firm with a long record of success across a wide range of industries. Blending the best of tradition and innovation, our lawyers – past and present, in the United States and around the world – practice at the highest levels of the profession, delivering the highest level of client service. Over the past eight decades, we have evolved and adapted along with the law. Our clients value our ability to anticipate trends both in the law and in their specific industries. As we’ve evolved, however, we have preserved the best of traditional lawyering. In a world driven by technology, we still pick up the phone and seek the face-to-face interactions needed to cultivate solid client relationships. This is just one aspect of our professionally serious yet easy-going culture, which has inspired unusual loyalty in both our clients and our lawyers. Since the firm was founded, we have established deep roots in the Boston-area entrepreneurial community, focusing considerable resources on cultivating the next generation of technology companies. We work closely with these organizations throughout their entire lifecycle, from inception through financing, growth and maturity. We host hundreds of events every year for entrepreneurs and investors, who often find new business partners before the night is over. Our distinguished alumni include global business leaders, general counsel of leading companies, a U.S. senator, a U.S. ambassador, accomplished state policy leaders, university presidents, and the first African-American partner at a Boston law firm. We have invested in our community locally and globally through endeavors such as the Foley Hoag Foundation, established in 1980 and still deeply committed to improving Boston’s race relations. Our pro bono program, independently ranked in the country’s top one percent, focuses on a wide range of matters around social justice, education, nonprofit support, intellectual property rights and economic fairness.

Practice Areas

Foley Hoag LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Auditor Defense
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Business & Commercial Disputes
  • Cleantech & Renewables
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Compliance Counseling & Training
  • Employment Discrimination & Harassment
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurial Services
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Federal Government Strategies
  • Fund Formation
  • General Business Counseling
  • Hedge Funds
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure & Construction
  • Insurance Recovery
  • International Business
  • International Commercial & Construction Arbitration
  • International Court Of Justice
  • International Litigation & Arbitration
  • Investor State Arbitration
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor Relations
  • Licensing & Strategic Alliances
  • Litigation
  • Maritime & Land Boundary Disputes
  • Massachusetts Gaming
  • Medicare Coverage & Reimbursement
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non Competition Agreements Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
  • Nonprofit
  • Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Pro Bono
  • Product Liability & Complex Tort
  • Ptab Proceedings
  • Public International Law
  • Real Estate & Development
  • Retaliation & Whistleblowing Issues
  • Sbic
  • Securities Litigation
  • Social Ventures
  • Solar Project Finance And Development
  • State Attorney General Investigations
  • State Government Strategies
  • State Government Strategies For Life Sciences
  • Taxation
  • Trade Sanctions & Export Controls
  • Trademark Copyright & Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour
  • White Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Hiring Criteria

Foley Hoag LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm values academic success in law school and college, superior writing and oral communication skills, and the intangible personal qualities of character, initiative and leadership.

Pro bono

A deep commitment to pro bono work has been Foley Hoag LLP's hallmark since we successfully represented the plaintiffs in Boston's seminal landmark school desegregation case. Then and now, we believe that freely sharing our talents with individuals and the community makes us better lawyers, better people, and a better firm.

In a typical year, we handle approximately 100 matters and contribute approximately 24,000 hours to our pro bono program, accounting for more than five percent of the work of the firm. We also serve the community in other ways, including board involvement and charitable organizations.

Foley Hoag LLP. Awards and Recognitions

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014) - International arbitration practice noted nationally; ranked 30 Foley Hoag LLP lawyers across 11 practice categories, representing 30 percent of the firm's partnership.

Corporate Counsel magazine - Named by clients as "Go-To-Firm" in both intellectual property and technology.

The U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers 2014 "Best Law Firm" rankings - Foley Hoag ranked a top-tier law firm in several categories; noted in 26 practice areas overall; ranked in the first tier nationally for environmental litigation; listed in the first tier in Boston for 14 practice areas.

Vault career intelligence website - 6th on list of 20 Best Law Firms to Work For in the nation (2014); 3rd in the pro bono category; 2nd in the hours category and 5th for LGBT diversity.

The Boston Globe's Top Places to Work - Recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a leading place of employment in Massachusetts in the Globe's annual survey that singles out companies which demonstrate effective ways to create and provide a positive work environment.

The American Lawyer - Ranked 14th out of the AmLaw 200 law firms in the magazine's 2014 pro bono report.

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) - Foley Hoag honored for "Largest Donation" three years running in its annual Associates Drive. Many of the firm's approximately 20,000 hours of pro bono legal work annually are devoted to GBLS matters.

Summer associate program

It's true what they say: Summer Associate is the best job ever. We want our Summer Associates to have a rewarding and eye-opening experience, and we devote substantial energy to building a program that will allow you to experience all aspects of life at Foley Hoag.

As a Summer Associate you'll have the opportunity to choose your own assignments, experiencing as many or as few practice areas as you'd like. You'll work on real matters for real clients. You'll participate in team strategy meetings, go to court, assist at a closing. You'll get priceless on-the-job training, advice, and feedback from seasoned Partners and Associates, and take part in seminars aimed at transforming your law school knowledge into real world skills. And, as you might expect, there will be plenty of social outings to allow you to meet the firm's lawyers.

Challenging work, valuable training, and lots of fun. We hope you'll join us for Summer 2015!


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