Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

3 First National Plaza, Suite 3500 | Chicago | IL | 60602

Phone: 312-977-4400 |

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Year of establishment 1999 Number of partners 312
Number of offices 17 Partner to associate ratio 1.50
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 35.40
Number of attorneys 607 Percentage of minority attorneys 16.60
Number of associates 210 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 4.10
Nixon Peabody LLP
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Nixon Peabody LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: It would be a good idea to try to make the work less boring somehow through changing the workflow or something.

Pros: Every day seems to go by here in a blur and it never feels like you are working at all.

Cons: The work itself can be kind of boring as it is almost automatic and requires nearly no thought at all.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on October 26, 2017

Advice to law firm management: My advice to management is to give easier assignments to junior attorneys and don't give them more than they can handle.

Pros: The law firm had some of the best talented people that I have ever worked with. I also enjoyed the training program when I was a junior.

Cons: The hours I worked as a junior were insane. Sometimes, I was required to work through the night on assignments and even during the weekends.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee


Our focus is on knowing what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth the way. We ensure they are equipped with winning legal strategies as they navigate the exciting and challenging times we live in. Our ability to do this comes from these working principles: We’re curious and extremely focused on understanding our clients’ businesses and industries. We tap the collective intelligence of Nixon Peabody to deliver the best thinking and create value for our clients throughout the world. We lean forward into the future, together with our clients, to see and prepare for what’s ahead. Working together, we handle complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law and intellectual property anywhere in the world.

Practice Areas

Nixon Peabody LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Accountable Care Organizations & Physician Hospital Alignment Strategies
  • Affirmative Action & Diversity
  • Affordable Housing
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Arts & Cultural Institutions
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Big Data
  • California Labor & Employment Law
  • Campus Infrastructure And Community Development
  • Class Actions & Aggregate Litigation
  • Communicable Illness Response
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Construction & Real Estate Development Litigation
  • Consumer Products
  • Corporate Trust
  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Distressed Debt & Real Estate Workouts
  • Doma'S Demise: The Supreme Court'S Windsor Decision
  • Eb 5 Immigrant Investor Program
  • Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence
  • Employee Benefits
  • Erisa
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Estate & Gift Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • European Union
  • Executive Compensation
  • Executive Planning Services
  • Export Controls And Economic Sanctions
  • Fda
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Food Beverage & Agriculture
  • Franchising & Distribution
  • Global Disputes
  • Global Immigration
  • Global Reach
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Government Relations & Public Policy
  • Graduate Medical Education & Residency Accreditation
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Care Transactions
  • Higher Education
  • Hipaa Hitech & Omnibus Rule
  • Income Tax Planning & Preparation
  • Indian Law & Gaming
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Private Clients
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
  • Labor Relations
  • Labor Employment & Benefits Audits
  • Life Sciences
  • M&A And Corporate Transactions
  • Managed Care Contracting & Network Development
  • Medical Staff Issues & Professional Licensure
  • Medicare & Medicaid And Other Government Payors
  • New York State Health Care Regulatory Issues
  • Nonprofit Revitalization Act Of 2013
  • Occupational Safety & Health
  • Patents
  • Power Plant Decommissioning Demolition And Remediation
  • Private Equity & Investment Funds
  • Private Fund Disputes
  • Products: Class Action Trade & Industry Representation
  • Project Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Transactions & Development
  • Securities
  • Securities Litigation
  • Seniors Housing & Care
  • Social Media
  • Start Up Ny
  • Startups
  • Sustainable Development
  • Tax
  • Tax Credit Finance & Syndication
  • Tax Credit Workout & Litigation
  • The Hipaa Omnibus Rule
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks & Copyrights
  • Transactional Employment Due Diligence
  • Trust & Fiduciary Services
  • Trust Outsourcing & Consulting
  • Trusts & Estates Litigation
  • United Kingdom
  • Urban Redevelopment
  • Wage Hour Compliance
  • Workplace Policies Procedures & Training
  • Workplace Violence Prevention & Response
  • Corporate & Finance
  • Government Relations & Regulatory
  • Industries
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Services
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Private Clients Estate Trust & Financial Planning
  • Real Estate & Community Development
  • Trending Topics

Hiring Criteria

Nixon Peabody LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm looks for qualities such as academic excellence, strong writing skills, analytical ability, judgment, demonstration of leadership, initiative, self-confidence. Prior work experience, past legal experience and diversified outside activities are also considered. Law Review, other journal and moot court experience would by an advantage.

The firm is active in recruiting from campus placements as well as through job fairs. It visited 10 law schools in 2011, while attended three fairs in 2011.

Pro bono

Nixon Peabody encourages all its attorneys to perform a minimum of 60 pro bono hours annually, and 94% of associates performed an average of 72 pro bono hours each last year. The firm credits all pro bono hours towards billables and towards the hours-based threshold for bonus determinations.

A firm-wide Pro Bono Partner oversees the firm's pro bono initiatives, together with a pro bono committee comprised of associates and partners.

The firm's pro bono initiatives include assistance for wounded veterans, asylum work, projects in Darfur and Kosovo, a Holocaust Survivor Clinic, domestic violence and homelessness projects, and micro-entrepreneur programs.

All lawyers at Nixon Peabody are evaluated on their pro bono commitment, and attorneys who complete more than 100 hours of pro bono work are awarded with a Peabody Award.

Notable cases

  • Nixon Peabody has successfully represented its clients in all types of legal matters. Some of the indicative notable cases are as below:
  • Nixon Peabody attorneys represented San Jose, California-based Wyse for an acquisition deal. Computer maker Dell Inc. acquired global cloud computing company Wyse Technology Inc., to extend its desktop virtualization offerings in April 2012.
  • Recently, Dyn, the infrastructure service player had received a $38 million Series-A minority investment led by North Bridge. This is the first-ever outside funding received by the managed DNS and e-mail delivery provider that incorporated in 2001. Nixon Peabody provided Dyn legal advice for the deal.
  • Nixon Peabody advised Blu Homes, a maker of

Nixon Peabody LLP Awards and Recognitions

The firm has been recognized by several international journals and industry bodies for its service in the law field.

Nixon Peabody was recognized by the Private Equity Analyst - a Dow Jones publication - as one of the leading private equity law firms. The Private Equity Analyst ranked Nixon Peabody as the 3rd Most Active Law Firm in the United States in the Private Equity space.

For the sixth consecutive year, Nixon Peabody received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The firm was one of the first in the US to extend health and welfare coverage to domestic partners and offers a variety of benefits and programs that support the firm's diverse lawyers and staff.


Nixon Peabody provides an open, inclusive environment that follows diversity and supports recruiting and retention of minority and GLBT attorneys through several firm-wide affinity groups.

The firm has Diversity Action Committee, with works towards attracting, retaining and promoting individuals of exceptional ability and talent from both genders and a broad range of racial, ethnical, social, economic and personal backgrounds.

Nixon Peabody provides equal employment opportunity with respect to all employees and applicants for employment through a positive and continuing affirmative action program. It prohibits discrimination based on all legally protected statuses. Discrimination is prohibited against all employees and applicants in all aspects of employment.

Summer associate program

Nixon Peabody holds its summer program at most of its key offices. Although the summer associate salary is below market but it offers great work and life balance. Summer associates receive an average of 15 work assignments from an attorney work flow coordinator.

Summer associates are paired with one mentor who is available before, during and after the summer program.

In 2010, Nixon Peabody had a class of 31 summer associates. 26 of those summer associates were considered for offers, while 22 got the offers. First and second year law students are paid $2,800 per week.

Working for the Nixon Peabody LLP

Working at Nixon Peabody makes attorneys responsible to find their own work in a free-market system. The firm's NP Institute is a formal training program that offers specifically designed associate-level and practice group curriculum, as well as formal mentoring.

The firm provides flexible work arrangements, so the associates are not given pressure to put in face time. However, the firm requires associates to bill a minimum of 1,850 hours. The firm provides four weeks of annual vacation, which can lapse if not used. The firm provides 10 to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, and four weeks of paid paternity leave.

The firm has two partnership tracks, averaging seven to nine years to eligibility. If a senior associate is passed over for partnership, he or she is allowed to remain at the firm and is reconsidered the following year. Associates on part-time schedules are also considered eligible for partnership, although it may take longer to advance to partner.


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