Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

5 Star Rating     3 reviews

Main Office:

525 W Monroe Street | Chicago | IL | 60661-3693

Phone: 312-902-5200 | Fax: 312-902-1061

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Year of establishment 1974 Number of partners 319
Number of offices 12 Partner to associate ratio 1.30
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 35.00
Number of attorneys 662 Percentage of minority attorneys 12.50
Number of associates 248 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.90
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
   3 reviews

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Consider paying people more to keep them from leaving to higher paying jobs when they get tired of the low pay here.

Pros: Ever since my first day here if I have ever had an issue I have been able to quickly resolve it without drama.

Cons: The pay here isn't the best for what we are doing and people often leave fairly quickly because of that.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on October 26, 2017

Advice to law firm management: I wish I could have stayed with the company, but there was nothing they wanted to do to keep me. Make that different in the future.

Pros: Enjoyable environment to be around and great people to be around. Everyone here is cool and different. It is great overall for everyone.

Cons: I received an offer from another firm and had to go ahead and accept it as I felt like there wasn't much for me left at this firm.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee


In 1974, 24 attorneys formed Katten Muchin Zavis in Chicago. They created a law firm more innovative and entrepreneurial than those they had left, focused on providing superb legal services and creative advice to businesses and individuals. Every year since then, Katten has evolved in anticipation of our clients’ changing needs. Katten opened offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC in 1989. In 2002, Katten expanded the New York and Washington offices and established a presence in Charlotte, North Carolina by merging with Rosenman & Colin LLP to become Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman. On May 2, 2005, the firm became Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. In June 2005, we established a presence in London to serve our expanding roster of domestic and international clients. Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP includes a diverse financial services practice representing banks, securities houses, insurance companies, real estate investors, investment managers and others operating in the financial services and real estate arenas. Katten established a Shanghai office in February 2012 and we now have a team of experienced attorneys permanently based in China. In 2012, we opened offices in Northern California to serve our growing environmental clientele in the area. That same year, we also opened an office in Orange County to meet the needs of our restructuring and finance clients. In 2013, we supplemented our presence in Texas with the opening of our Austin and Houston offices serving clients in our environmental practices. Today, Katten is the full-service law firm our founding partners envisioned, with approximately 650 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai.

Practice Areas

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Advertising Marketing And Promotions
  • Air Quality And Climate Change
  • Antitrust And Competition Litigation
  • Appellate And Supreme Court Litigation
  • Banking
  • Banking And Finance Litigation
  • Broker Dealer Regulation
  • Chemicals Products And Pesticide Regulation
  • Class Action And Multidistrict Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions And Dispositions Leasing And Operations
  • Consumer Finance Litigation
  • Copyrights And Copyright Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Customs And International Trade Litigation
  • Design Documentation And Funding Welfare Benefits
  • Distressed Debt And Claims Trading
  • Distressed Property
  • Electronic Discovery And Information Governance
  • Employee Benefits Litigation Dispute Resolution And Regulatory Audits
  • Employee Benefits Plan Governance Plan Investments And Plan Assets
  • Employment Law And Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Environmental Advisory Group
  • Environmental Aspects Of Energy Production
  • Environmental Internal Investigations And Incident Response
  • Environmental Issues In Real Estate And Commercial Transactions
  • Environmental Land Use
  • Environmental Law And Policy
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Esops And Espps
  • Executive Compensation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Financial Services Regulatory And Compliance
  • Futures And Derivatives
  • Insurance And Health Care Fraud Litigation
  • Insurance Products And Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Internet
  • Investment Companies
  • Landlord Litigation And Counseling
  • Liquid Alternatives
  • Maritime Environmental Law
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Multifamily Affordable Housing And Community Development
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patents
  • Pharmaceutical And Life Sciences Litigation
  • Private Equity
  • Private Funds
  • Private Funds And Investment Management
  • Product And Tort Liability Litigation
  • Proprietary Trading Firms
  • Public Funds
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Equity And Investments
  • Real Estate Finance And Lending
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Safety Advisory Group
  • Securities
  • Securities Litigation And Enforcement
  • Structured Products
  • Tax Controversy And Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Trade Secret Protection And Litigation
  • Trademark Licensing And Strategy
  • Trademarks And Trademark Litigation
  • Water
  • White Collar Investigations And Compliance
  • Workplace Safety
  • Antitrust And Competition
  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate
  • Customs And International Trade
  • Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Government And Public Finance
  • Infrastructure And P3
  • Insolvency And Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation And Dispute Resolution
  • Privacy Data And Cybersecurity
  • Real Estate
  • Structured Finance And Securitization
  • Tax Planning
  • Trusts And Estates

Hiring Criteria

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

As the firm continues to grow within the US and across the world, Katten Muchin has an extremely stringent hiring process. Further, in addition to academic performance at both graduate and undergraduate levels, the firm considers pervious work experience and a demonstrated passion for the law.

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

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

Pro bono

The attorneys at Katten Muchin serve the communities that they live and work in with the same unwavering dedication, commitment, and legal excellence that they bring to all the other matters that they handle at the firm. The firm's excellent pro bono program enables its attorneys and other legal professionals to devote their time, resources, and talent to serve individuals and organizations in need, to partner with other local legal service providers to ensure that even those who cannot afford legal fees have access to the justice system, and to engage in important national litigation.

In fact, Katten Muchin is one of the country's few firms to have a full-time pro bono Partner. The firm is consistently recognized for its pro bono contributions and represents establishments serving the community, civic organizations, and the underprivileged.

In addition to providing pro bono legal representation, the attorneys at Katten Muchin are actively involved in making a positive impact on the communities around them through sponsorship of local community service programs and other charitable activities.

Notable cases

  • Served as counsel to General Bearing Corporation in its $125 million sale to Swedish manufacturer SKF AB.
  • Representing a pro bono client in connection with his efforts to raise $15 million to build a new community center through his Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) initiative.
  • Won summary judgment for Microsoft Corporation in a multi-million-dollar trademark dispute with software company Kinbook, LLC. Kinbook sued Microsoft in September 2010 alleging that Microsoft's use of the word "kin" in its Kinect for XBox 360 device and Kin smartphone was infringing Kinbook's KINBOX trademark.
  • Represented the Detroit Pistons and The Palace of Auburn Hills in the completion of the sale of the NBA franchise and the team's arena to California businessman and Michigan native Tom Gores and his private equity firm, Platinum Equity.
  • Represented Time Warner Cable in a long-term, 20-year rights agreement for the broadcast of all Los Angeles Lakers games and additional programming in English and Spanish, beginning with the 2012-2013 season.
  • Won $1.44 million for three young African-American men who were brutally beaten by a mob of white men in a racially motivated and unprovoked attack in Illinois.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Awards and Recognitions

75 of firm's attorneys listed in 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America (Best Lawyers, 2012)

5 of firm's attorneys named 2012 Lawyers of the Year (Best Lawyers)

19 practices, including Entertainment Litigation, ranked among the nation's best (Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012)

30 practices named in US News & World Report's Best Law Firms (US News & World Report)

Ranked among the nation's best in the 2011 edition of Legal 500 United States for Alternative/Hedge Fund Formation and Management; Domestic Tax for the Central Region; Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts for the Middle Market; Real Estate; and Structured Finance (Legal 500 United States, 2011)

Recognized as one of the top five firms for summer associates (The American Lawyer)

Named to Working Mother's 100 Best Companies (Working Mother, 2007 to 2012)

Named one of the 2011 Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) & Flex-Time Lawyers)

Ranked as one of Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity for the past eight years (MultiCultural Law)

Recognized as one of the top Illinois law firms that is setting the bar in the area of LGBT equality (Equality Illinois)


Katten Muchin values the talents and perspectives of its diverse teams of attorneys and believes that the principles of diversity and inclusion enable the firm to successfully serve its clients. The firm's partners actively promote a diverse culture through various recruitment, mentoring, training, and public service programs.

Dedicated to fostering the leadership and increasing the participation of women and minorities within the firm and in the broader legal community, Katten Muchin engages diverse individuals all levels within the firm, right from the board of directors to the managing partners to its associates.

The facts that Katten Muchin has repeatedly been named one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity and one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by MultiCultural Law magazine and the Working Mother magazine has included the firm on its 100 Best Companies list every year since 2007 stand testament to Katten Muchin's strong commitment to diversity.

Summer associate program

The Summer Associate Program at Katten Muchin offers the participating students a realistic idea of what life in a challenging real-world legal environment is like for a first-year associate. The summer associates are given ample opportunities to work on teams handling noteworthy matters for both start-ups and large institutional clients. The senior associates at Katten Muchin have open doors and open minds and appreciate active interaction and discussion initiated by the summer associates.

Some of the expectations that Katten Muchin has with its summer associates are as follows:

Transform hard work and intellectual curiosity into cutting-edge, innovative legal work.

Get out of their offices and experience the firm; the summer associates are expected to start building the relationships that they will need to be successful at the firm from the very first day.

Understand that passion, collaboration, and multiple voices are more important than titles, hierarchy, and the traditional way of doing things.

Be proactive and seize opportunities to create their own future.

In a nutshell, at Katten Muchin, the summer associates are given the opportunity to work with world-class attorneys on complex, substantive legal matters in order to gain an insider's view of the practice areas that they are interested in. They are provided with regular meaningful feedback, training, and mentoring in order to help them take control of their future and make their voice heard as a valued member of the firm.

Working for the Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

The leadership at Katten Muchin strives hard to maintain a professional environment and encourages open communication at all levels. The firm's employees are professionals who work hard, think smart, and do not settle for anything other than the best.

Katten Muchin has a distinctly flexible and entrepreneurial work culture and fosters partnerships with the firm's clients. The attorneys here strongly believe that just being informed is not enough; they need to thoroughly understand their clients' business objectives in order to address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with their short- and long-tem business and/or legal goals.

Further, the firm truly admires enterprise and imagination in its employees and rewards them accordingly. With its diverse set of legal professionals who are abound with energy, committed to working in a collaborative environment and helping their clients succeed, and extremely intelligent and ambitious, Katten Muchin 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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