Schiff Hardin LLP.

Schiff Hardin LLP.

3 Star Rating     2 reviews 
Main Office:
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 6600 | Chicago | IL | 60606-6473
Phone: 312-258-5500  | Fax: 312-258-5600 

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Year of establishment 1864 Number of partners 191
Number of offices 7 Partner to associate ratio 2.10
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 28.30
Number of attorneys 310 Percentage of minority attorneys 10.90
Number of associates 92 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.00
Schiff Hardin LLP.
   2 reviews


As Schiff Hardin has grown from one office to eight and from two attorneys to over 400, there is no doubt that our full-service firm looks different than it did a century and a half ago. For starters, we got serious about diversity before it was fashionable; today we set the pace in recruiting, hiring, and promoting diverse talent. And our efforts have not gone unnoticed—we are regularly recognized as a leader among law firms. We have also expanded shrewdly, building new offices to meet specific client needs with strategic talent acquisition. From a top construction practice operating in Chicago and New York to an agile San Francisco intellectual property team to a Washington D.C.-based team of regulatory heavyweights, all our offices offer strengths that serve each of our clients—whether that client is down the street or across an ocean. Yet there is one thing about Schiff Hardin that will never change: Our clients count on us for the knowledge, creativity, and candor that only decades of legal and business experience can provide. Our attorneys can always be found side by side with their clients, providing the practical yet creative counsel for which our firm is known.

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Schiff Hardin LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on July 21, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Use your time in this organization as a stepping stone. Make the best use of your time by learning and taking opportunities to grow more as a lawyer.

Pros: This is a great firm for new attorneys to start working in because the workloads are manageable and they will help you as you grow and learn your skills.

Cons: The firm has some areas that need improvement such as opportunities for advancement and bringing some of their benefits up to date.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: The law office is losing track of having a much more presentable presence in terms of culture and growth. The firm should embrace positive changes.

Pros: The law firm is composed of a management team that has made it easier for them to collaborate with staff. Employees do have a saying in contributing to improving the environment of the law office.

Cons: The law firm has had to consider working on its presence in terms of the culture and the way it presented itself professionally. There is not much investment being placed into the firm to grow.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Schiff Hardin LLP. Awards and Recognitions

"2009 Pro Bono 200"
"Best Law Firms 2010"
"Diversity Partnership Award"
"Georgia Rising Stars"
"Illinois Rising Stars"
"Recommended Firm"
"Top 50 Women Attorneys"
"Unsung Hero Award"
2010 Ecology Award
2011 Chicago Women in Law
2011 Corporate Equality Index
2011 Learned Hand Award
2012 Chicago Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year
2012 Corporate Equality Index
2012 Distinguished Fellow Award
2012 Legal Eagle
2013 Corporate Equality Index
2013 Legal Eagle
2013 Legal Elite
40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch
50 Best Law Firms for Women
Advocate for Diversity Award
Alliance for Women Founder's Award
Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service
Best 25 Law Firms for Diversity
Best Law Firm in the Midwest
Best Law Firms
Best Lawyers In America
Best National Mentoring Program in North America
Chambers USA
Chicago's 40 Under 40's
Earl Burrus Dickerson Award
Equality Illinois
Equality Illinois 2013
Firm of the Year in Litigation - Construction
Georgia Rising Stars
Georgia Super Lawyers
Honorable Mention and "Award of Excellence in Media Relations"
Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
Illinois Rising Stars
Illinois Super Lawyers
International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers
IP Stars
Michigan Rising Stars
Michigan Super Lawyers
MPF Global 500 2009 Annual Report
MPF Global 500 2010 Annual Report
National Law Journal and American Lawyer
New York Metro Rising Stars
New York Metro Super Lawyers
New York Rising Stars
New York Super Lawyers
Northern California Stars
Northern California Super Lawyers
Outstanding achievements in innovative legal services"
President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award
Spirit of Excellence Award
The BTI Client Service All-Star Team
The Legal 500
Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region
Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
Top 100 Privately Held Businesses in Illinois
Top 100 Real Estate-Related
Top 100 Women
Top 100 Women Business
Top 100 Women Consumer
Top 25 Law Firm for African-Americans
Top 250 Women in Litigation
Top 50 Women Real Estate-Related
Top 500 Mid-Sized Businesses in the United States
Top Ten Construction
Top Ten Environmental
Top Ten Women Criminal Defense
Top Ten Women Real Estate-Related
Vault's 2014 Law Firm Diversity Rankings
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
WILEF Gold Standard


Schiff Hardin maintains a deep commitment to diversity in our firm, the legal community and all of society. From supporting various law student organizations and providing scholarships to promising law students to mentoring and career development activities, our attorneys continuously work to develop diverse legal talent within the Firm. Our active Women's Networking Group provides support for the female attorneys at Schiff Hardin and fosters relationships between female executives within our client base.

Our attorneys are active in many minority, ethnic and women's organizations that enhance Schiff Hardin's ability to foster diversity in the legal and professional world.

Schiff Hardin's commitment to diversity extends to our contracting with outside vendors. When purchasing products or services, we understand that engaging minority- and women-owned businesses benefits both parties and strengthens the business community as a whole.

Summer associate program

First, we want every summer associate to have the opportunity to demonstrate the professional qualities we seek in new lawyers. We look for summer associates who are eager to learn and grow and are open to new ideas, who strive for excellence, and who are dedicated to the legal profession.

Second, we'd like all of our summer associates to get a realistic look at what it's like to practice at Schiff Hardin, in terms of both the work we do and who we are. Our summer associates work with lawyers from different practice groups and different offices, experience the quality and range of our work, and gain substantive experience in the areas that interest them. By the end of the summer, our summer associates have a good feel for the nature of the firm's work, as well as its personality and culture.


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