Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:
1100 Peachtree Street, Suite 2800 | Atlanta | GA | 30309
Phone: 404-815-6500  | Fax: 404-815-6555 

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Year of establishment 1860 Number of partners 200
Number of offices 22 Partner to associate ratio 0.80
Biggest office Atlanta Percentage of women attorneys 16.10
Number of attorneys 650 Percentage of minority attorneys 21.50
Number of associates 245 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.50
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
   3 reviews


Rooted in a rich history from the 1860 California Gold Rush until today, Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys have been at the forefront of the legal profession: committing to the success of our clients and to the well being of our communities. The firms of Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta and Petree Stockton in Winston-Salem merged their well established firms in early 1997 to form Kilpatrick Stockton. On January 1, 2011, Kilpatrick Stockton and Townsend and Townsend and Crew merged to form Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Townsend's history is inextricably linked with the evolution of technology in the U.S. and around the world. Their history mirrors that of Silicon Valley and other technology regions throughout the U.S., bringing solutions to technical problems that the law could never have anticipated. Together, Kilpatrick Townsend creates a premier firm capable of responding to client requests for expanded legal capabilities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on October 26, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Management should delegate litigation cases in a more efficient manner and if employees are laid off, I would ask that a severance package is offered.

Pros: I am happy about the pay and benefits offered by this firm. Also, my co-workers are very friendly and down to earth.

Cons: It is a large firm so sometimes; there is a lot of red tape on assignments. Also, the firm recently laid off several employees without offering any sort of severance package.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on July 01, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Reduce the amount of red tape and improve communication from the home office. These changes would make this firm a great place to work.

Pros: This firm is a great place to work. The partners, associates, and support staff are all knowledgeable and efficient, and everyone is easy to get along with.

Cons: The bureaucracy here can be stifling. All decisions are subject to approval from the home office, and it's not always clear why certain decisions were made. Communication from the home office is poor and there is a tendency for things to get tied up in red tape.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Notable cases

  • In 1978 the firm counseled the Northwestern Bank in a merger with First Union National Bank. The transaction heralded the mass bank consolidation that took place over the next three decades.
  • In 1979 Kilpatrick Stockton represented the town of Tirana, Alabama whose water had been polluted by the pesticide DDT. The firm ultimately secured a recovery of $26 million, plus all annual health care costs for the injured townspeople.
  • In 2000, Kilpatrick Stockton successfully represented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's family in a lawsuit over the CBS network's unauthorized use of the famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Earlier in the 1960's it had also represented Martin Luther King Sr. when the IRS unjustly targeted his church.
  • In 2001, the firm took on the defense of the Houghton Mifflin Company's parody, The Wind Done Gone. In a precedent-setting case, the firm defeated a pre-publication restraining order from Margaret Mitchell's estate.
  • Kilpatrick Townsend managed the global License, Development and Commercialization Agreement between Biotest AG (Biotest), a German publicly traded Biotechnology Company and Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) for the further development and commercialization of Biotest's BT-061, a novel anti-CD4 antibody for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis. It resulted in Biotest receiving an upfront payment of $85 million. Other payments total $395 million and Biotest will now receive royalties making the deal exceed $500 million in value.
  • Kilpatrick Townsend first intellectual property team attained the first patent for transgenic development of fish. This will enable salmon producers to grow the same salmon they have been farming for years more quickly, driving profitability and capitalizing on the growing demand for fish - all while decreasing the strain on wild salmon populations. This growth will enable fisheries to increase profitability and bring salmon to market in 18 months versus the traditional 30 months.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Awards and Recognitions

Ken Jenkins was named one of the San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Attorneys in the publication's annual Top Attorneys special report. Mr. Jenkins was named a member of "The Transcript 10" category (August 2012).
Gary Joyner was named to the Triangle Business Journal's inaugural listing of the "Triangle's Most Influential Business Leaders" (August 2012).
Fifteen of the firm's attorneys were selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Northern California Rising Stars (July 2012)
Keith Harper was selected by the Obama Campaign and the Democratic National Convention to serve on the 2012 Democratic National Convention Platform Committee (July 2012).
Kilpatrick Townsend achieved a high national ranking in the American Banker's M&A Midyear Report of Primary Advisors in Domestic Bank and Thrift Merger Deals. The firm is ranked fifth in the country for Top Legal Advisers Ranked by Number of Deals announced in the first half of 2012 (August 2012).
Kilpatrick Townsend received a national ranking for Outsourcing in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (June 2012).
For the fifth consecutive year, Kilpatrick Townsend received three "Firm of the Year" awards at Managing Intellectual Property Magazine's annual North American Intellectual
Property Awards Dinner


The firm considers diversity as core value that pilots them to track initiatives that make life fulfilling for everyone and make their working more open and transparent. The firm has adopted a diversity principle which reflects their commitment to diversity at the workplace. It says that "At Kilpatrick Townsend, all persons, without regard to differences among them, shall be respected and valued fully, so that each person may maximize his or her potential to contribute to the common good of our firm and to benefit fairly from doing so."

In its upwards of a century and half existence the firm has always shown a history of inclusiveness. The firm believes that hiring and promoting diverse attorneys and staff will foster a work environment that is respectful of another and learn from one another and contribute to the continued success of the firm.

The firms says that commitment to diversity is a legacy that has been handed down by the founding fathers, adhered to by subsequent generations and something that the firm will unwaveringly hold fast to in the future as well.

The firm's commitment to diversity is not mere rhetoric. It was one of the first large firms to have a female partner. It had the most African American Attorney's amongst regional law firms. It represented Martin Luther King Sr. when the IRS unjustly targeted his church in the 1960's. It also provided pro bono counsel to Atlanta's first black mayor Maynard Jackson's mayoral re-election campaign in 1989.

Diversity at Kilpatrick is not merely words but it is about action and incessantly seeking enhanced ways to strengthen and invigorate its diverse personnel for success. The firm says that it understands that individual successes enhance the firm's ability to provide world-class services to clients and together it's combined and individual contributions; beneficially add to the strength and vitality of the communities in which the firm is privileged to serve.

At Kilpatrick every worker is treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender and either specific factors that may characterize an individual. The firm says that it believes in diversity because not only it is good for business, it is also the right thing to do.

Summer associate program

Summer Associates, following their campus interviews are recalled to the office within a month or two for a follow-up interview with around 5-7 employees. Callback includes: breakfast meeting with summer chair and recruiting coordinator, interviews in attorney's offices, then lunch.

If selected the candidate is extended the offer over the phone, which is then followed by an offer letter. The summer program commences in May/June. The associates undergo an orientation program, for the first two days, to get acquainted with the firm, its attorneys, its staff and its working systems.

The associate will have even more opportunities to grow into the firm. The first day the associate will have lunch with his mentor and also participate in a kickoff event later in the week.

With respect to billable hours, Level 1 Associates are required to bill 1850 hours per year. Level 2-5 Associates are required to bill 1900 hours. All Associates are expected to record a minimum of 30 hours to pro bono matters, and a total of 50 hours of pro bono time will count toward meeting the minimum billable hours requirements. The Firm also encourages Associates to invest 400 hours of time in practice development, recruiting, community activities, and other activities that contribute to the success of the Firm.

Summer Associates are also encouraged to become actively involved in pro bono activities, which they feel is an excellent platform to gain real experience in the legal system.

At Kilpatrick Townsend, there are numerous programs in place to help the candidates make the most of their time. Through on-going coaching, training and development programs, Kilpatrick Townsend provides the resources to help associates achieve their goals.

Working for the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend is one of the world's leading law firms and offers employees a quality working environment. The firm provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without any sort of distinction. The firm emphasizes professional development, diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to providing opportunities for lawyers with an entrepreneurial spirit.

For its lawyers and staff it is a workplace of choice. All workers, irrespective of standing are treated as valuable resources by the firm. The firm is committed to creating a rewarding work environment that offers opportunities for interesting and challenging work that is performed in a supportive and collegial atmosphere and a promising pathway to career development - Moreover, the compensation and benefits are top-tier.


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