Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

5 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

425 Lexington Avenue | New York City | NY |

Phone: 212-455-2000 | Fax: 212-455-2502

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Year of establishment 1884 Number of partners 196
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 0.30
Biggest office New York City Percentage of women attorneys 38.60
Number of attorneys 964 Percentage of minority attorneys 21.70
Number of associates 621 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.80
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Take a break now and then, they are understanding and will work with you to balance work/life.

Pros: I've been here for 3 years and I've been promoted twice. They have an excellent structure in place for getting advanced.

Cons: The hours are long and demanding. They compensate well, but you will be exhausted if you take all the work you can.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on September 25, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Offer training courses for secretaries. Keep on growing and expanding.

Pros: The offices are renovated and the cafeteria is great. There is a good corporate culture. It has a great reputation.

Cons: There is not enough appreciation for senior partners. Be prepared to work on weekends.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world's leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 850 lawyers. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe.

Practice Areas

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Acquisition Finance
  • Competition ' M&A
  • Corporate ' M&A
  • Debt
  • Derivatives
  • Equity And Equity Linked
  • High Yield
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Investment Grade Finance
  • Investment Management M&A
  • Private Equity
  • Private Funds
  • Project Finance
  • Registered Funds
  • Regulatory Advice
  • Additional Firm Practices
  • Asia Litigation
  • Banking And Credit
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition ' Litigation And Investigations
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Environmental
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Executive Compensation And Employee Benefits
  • Exempt Organizations
  • False Advertising Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government And Internal Investigations
  • Insurance And Reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • International Regulatory And Compliance
  • Investment Funds
  • Labor And Employment law
  • Firm Practice
  • Litigation
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Mergers And Acquisitions Litigation
  • Personal Planning
  • Product Liability And Mass Tort
  • Public Company Advisory Practice
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring And Bankruptcy
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax
  • Whistleblower And False Claims Act

Hiring Criteria

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Simpson Thacher looks for candidates with records of distinguished achievement, commitment to excellence and ability to work cooperatively with clients and colleagues. It hires law students of the very highest caliber. The firm provides training and experience, one-on-one mentoring, a commitment to diversity, and an open, friendly atmosphere.

The firm hosts interviews - each less than half an hour - and recruits at job fairs at over 30 campuses nationwide. On completion of its on-campus interviews, the firm invites eligible candidates to visit the firm in New York City at the firm's expense for further interviews with partners and associates.

If the candidate is found suitable to the firm and its culture, he or she will be offered to join as a summer associate.

Pro bono

Simpson Thacher's commitment to pro bono work is significant. The firm's achievements include its epic victory on behalf of New York City public school children in the Campaign For Fiscal Equity. The Firm's ten-year dedication to the New York City schools case is one of the largest pro bono commitments by any law firm.

The firm also represents inmates on death row, asylum seekers, trafficking victims, indigenous Nicaraguans seeking to preserve their land claims, struggling micro-entrepreneurs, and non-governmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.

Simpson Thacher has handled on pro bono basis matters involving The Legal Aid Society, the Lawyers Alliance for New York, Legal Services for New York City, Human Rights First and the City Bar Justice Center among several others.

Notable cases

  • The firm has extended its legal services for some of the complex corporate and financial matters involving large corporate such as Microsoft, Petrohawk Energy Corporation and ITT Corporation besides others. As a leading advisor to the financial services industry, Simpson Thacher has been at the center of many of the most complex and innovative transactions of the past decade.
  • The firm's recent transactions include the representation of Microsoft in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype.
  • It represented Petrohawk Energy Corporation in its sale to BHP Billiton for $15.1 billion.
  • Simpson Thacher represented Tyco International in the spin-off of its North American residential security business as well as the merger in a Reverse Morris Trust structure of its flow control businesses with Pentair in transactions with a total value of $20.5 billion.
  • It served to ITT Corporation in the $11.8 billion spinoff of its defense business Exelis Inc. and its water business Xylem Inc.
  • For PPL Corporation, Simpson Thacher represented it in its $7.6 billion acquisition of the Kentucky power companies owned by E. ON and its

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Awards and Recognitions

The firm and its attorneys have been conferred with national as well as international awards for their contribution.

Simpson Thacher has been named to The American Lawyer's A-List in 2012.

It won "Equity Market Deal of the Year" at the 2012 ALB Japan Law Awards.

The firm was recognized as Leading National Law Firm by The Legal 500 United States.

Simpson Thacher was named South Korea International Law Firm of the Year by Chambers & Partners.


The Minority Law Journal's Diversity Scorecard ranked Simpson Thacher among the most diverse firms in the United States. Recently, the Firm has elected a Latino, eight Asian / South Asian / Asian-American, and an openly lesbian attorney to partnership. The firm has 31% of its new partners women.

Simpson Thacher provides collegial work environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. It prohibits discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender and gender identity, veteran's status or any other legally protected status.

Summer associate program

Simpson Thacher has 11 to 12-week summer associate program at its Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto and Washington, D.C. offices. Summer associates are given freedom to choose a single department or work for multiple departments, and receive assignments from a team of partners and associates.

The summer associates are expected to complete about 10 projects during summer, and typically bill about five to six hours a day working on assignments.

In summer 2010, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP had a class of 100 associates. The salary for first year law students, is unknown, but second and third year law students are paid $3,080 per week.

Every Simpson office participates in the summer program.

Working for the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

In order to meet of all the work-family needs, the firm has an expanded Flexible Work Arrangements Program. It was found that nearly 90% of the firm's partners and approximately half of the firm's attorneys are parents.

The firm provides four weeks of annual vacation and most associates use it entirely. For family leave, the firm provides 18 weeks for primary caregivers, and four weeks for secondary caregivers. The firm also allows associates to work on part-time and on flexible schedules.

Benefits at the firm include most of the common facilities that industry offers, but also it has provided a subsidized cafeteria, associate retreats, subsidized gym membership, monthly happy hours and dinners.
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