4 Star Rating

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Main Office: One New York Plaza, | New York | NY | 10004
Phone: 212-859-8000 | Fax: 212.859.4000

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP





New York






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Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Keep your schedule open and do whatever you can to dedicate you time to this firm. They will make sure it's worth your time.

I've only been working with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for a year, but I can say that they are the best group of people in law that I've ever met.

The workload can be difficult at times and you will occasionally be asked to do overtime, but it's certainly worth it.

Current Employee

Reviewed on October 26, 2017

This firm needs to be more flexible with their hours. If employees are feeling burnt out from too much work then they will leave.

This firm created an atmosphere that felt very upscale and professional. The interior of this firm is beautiful and management really stresses the importance of working together as a team. I felt like part of the family with this company.

Unfortunately, this firm tends to have long hours most of the time, even during the holiday seasons. If you like working a lot of hours you won't mind, but if you do you will rarely see your friends and family.

Former Employee


From offices strategically located in the world’s principal financial centers in the US, Europe and Asia, Fried Frank represents many of the markets’ most influential players. Our client base includes multinational Fortune 500 companies, leading financial institutions and investment firms, and entrepreneurial companies across all sectors. We are adept in our deployment of well-configured, cross-border teams that provide the depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and responsive service that clients require to meet their critical business objectives. We offer high-caliber advice across a range of practice areas, combining technical expertise and an unparalleled grasp of the nuanced commercial and regulatory environment in which our clients operate. Consistently highly ranked by legal directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Benchmark: Litigation, the Firm is well-recognized for providing effective business solutions to sophisticated challenges, frequently creating the precedents that others follow. Fried Frank’s origins date to the turn of the 20th century, with such predecessor firms as Riegelman & Bach, Riegelman Hess & Strasser and Strasser Spiegelberg Fried and Frank. Fried Frank as we know it came into being in 1971, with name partners Walter Fried, Hans Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver and Leslie Jacobson. The New York office, the Firm's oldest and largest, concentrates on antitrust and competition, asset management, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets, commercial litigation, executive compensation & employee benefits, finance, intellectual property and technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities and shareholder litigation, tax, trusts and estates, and white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement. Our Washington, DC office was opened in 1949 as one of the first, and now one of the largest law firms headquartered elsewhere. It has strong capabilities in antitrust and competition, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, asset management, commercial litigation, energy, finance, financial services, government contracts, international trade and investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities regulation and enforcement, and tax. Our international offices have strong expertise in private equity, asset management, finance, dispute resolution, tax and mergers and acquisitions. Our London office was established in 1970 as one of the first European offices of a US law firm. Our Paris office was founded in 1993, and our Frankfurt office was established in 2004. Fried Frank's Hong Kong office opened in 2006 and our Shanghai office opened in 2007.

Practice Areas

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Fried Frank seeks smart and ambitious attorneys who will not be daunted by the challenges of working at a leading international firm. Not settling for anything less than the best is the attitude that the firm encourages and cultivates. Fried Frank also values experience gained at other law firms and businesses, or in government and public interest positions.

Here are some of the skills that the firm looks for in prospective hires:

Analytical ability and innovative problem solving
Motivation to succeed
Ability and willingness to take up challenges
Demonstrated ability to work in teams of various compositions and sizes
Excellent organizational skills
Strong commercial sense

Pro bono

The pro bono program at Fried Frank continues the firm's long-standing tradition of public service. The firm's commitment to pro bono work and a strong sense of philanthropic responsibility is illustrated by the fact that the firm's attorneys apply the same exacting standards to pro bono representations as to the billable cases that they handle.

Fried Frank defines pro bono work as an opportunity to reach out to the communities in which its attorneys live and work and provide the required legal services and solutions to those who might otherwise remain unrepresented.

The firm's attorneys go well beyond the base requirements to develop and nurture strong ties with the local communities and are proud to work with individuals and groups across a wide range of areas from domestic violence to civil rights, from tax to political asylum, and from criminal prosecution and defense appeals to community development.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Ranked 60th on 2011 AmLaw 100, a ranking of the nation's top 100 law firms by gross revenue. The firm ranked 24th by Revenue per Lawyer, 29th by Profits per Partner, and 22nd by Compensation Average, All Partners. (The American Lawyer)

Firm's litigation practice in New York and Washington, DC, recognized for playing an instrumental role in advising on the matters that shape Wall Street's financial infrastructure. On a national basis, the practice was among just sixteen "recommended in the past year for their consistent presence on and ability to handle complex, high-stakes litigation in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country." (Benchmark: Litigation 2013)

Recognized as a leading law firm in 11 practice areas. (Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012)

Recognized as a leading law firm in 25 practice areas. (Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers For Business 2012)

Recommended in 14 categories. (2012 International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000)

Ranked in 24 categories. (Legal 500 US, 2012)

Named one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States in the Corporate Board Member/FTI 11th annual survey. (Corporate Board Member, 2012)

Received First Rank by Lawyer Head Count and Third Rank by Revenue (The American Lawyer's list of "Biggest 25 Litigation Departments," 2012)

Firm's real estate team named "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year." (Law360, 2012)

Named "Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year." (Lawyer Monthly, 2012)

Diversity Write a review

Diversity, individuality, and inclusion are highly valued at Fried Frank. The firm believes in leveraging the knowledge, capabilities, and insight of highly skilled individuals from a variety of backgrounds, to the benefit of both the firm and its clients.

Committed to fostering a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices and to maintaining an inclusive culture, Fried Frank has a number of initiatives and programs to support the professional and personal development of women attorneys and attorneys from distinct backgrounds and cultures.

The fact that you will find attorneys of diverse backgrounds actively engaged in all aspects of the firm's leadership and management stands testament to the Fried frank's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Summer associate program

At Fried Frank, the Summer Associate Program is considered the firm's primary means of attracting smart and highly motivated law students. The partners and associates at Fried Frank are well aware of the fact that law students rely mainly on their summer associate experiences to identify and select an environment that is best suited to their professional, intellectual, and personal needs and goals. Hence, Fried Frank employees strive hard to ensure that the summer associate experience at the firm is the best in the country.

Fried Frank's 10-week summer program provides the participating students with a comprehensive view of what associate life at the firm is like through meaningful assignments on real-world legal matters, one-on-one mentoring, regular client contact, and state-of-the-art training programs from the very first day.

The firm strongly believes that its summer associate program is successful only if every summer associate that participated in the program receives, and accepts, an offer of permanent employment at Fried Frank.

Working for the Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Working at Fried Frank is one of the most exciting opportunities that one can come across while practicing law in the twenty-first century. With offices across the globe, the firm boasts of an unrivalled variety of work across a wide variety of industries and sectors. The leaders at Fried Frank do not believe in shortcuts and encourage the associates to work hard for their success.

An equal opportunity employer, Fried Frank is very committed to maintaining diversity at the workplace. The partners here strive very hard to create a stimulating, open-minded, and progressive environment where the firm's employees respect and build on each other's strengths and potential.

In a nutshell, Fried Frank is a firm where you will have the opportunity to work with kindred spirits and exceptional mentors who will lead you toward an extraordinary legal career.


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