Wilson Elser
Wilson Elser

Wilson Elser

4 Star Rating     4 reviews

Main Office:

150 East 42nd Street | New York City | NY | 10017

Phone: 212.490.3000 | Fax: 212.490.3038

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Year of establishment 1978 Number of partners 307
Number of offices 35 Partner to associate ratio 1.00
Biggest office New York City Percentage of women attorneys 39.30
Number of attorneys 787 Percentage of minority attorneys 13.00
Number of associates 316
Wilson Elser
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Wilson Elser Reviews

- Reviewed on October 17, 2018

Advice to law firm management: You can't buck New York headquarters unless you're Pat Kelly. Bring Pat Kelly back as managing partner. Too political and oppressive.

Pros: Interesting work for the most part, nice offices, felt proud to work there, not much else to recommend it (20 words).

Cons: Terrible management. It was fun when Pat Kelly was managing partner. For the last four years, it has been poorly run. No raise for several years.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Better to list the partners who I enjoyed working with -- Herb Kunowski, Michael Douglass, Pat Kelly, Steve Joffe, Marty Deniston, and others

Favorite Things About this Firm: Conveniently located, freedom to decorate your office the way you want, nice amenities, good parking structure, close to a lot of happening restaurants, bars, lounges, etc.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2017

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Be prepared to brush up on your bird law, because you will be dealing with it on a daily basis here.

Pros: Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP is not your average starter firm. This is a finisher firm, a firm fit only for five star lawyers.

Cons: They mostly deal with bird law, although they have been known to handle some divorce cases. Some troublesome clients are not turned away.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Wilson Elser helps individuals and organizations transcend challenges and realize goals by offering an optimal balance of legal excellence and bottom-line value. Since our founding in 1978, Wilson Elser has forged a reputation as a formidable player in insurance coverage and defense. Our experience in this tightly regulated, cost-conscious industry has shaped a firm culture of accomplished professionalism and cost efficiency that delivers demonstrable value to clients.

Practice Areas

Wilson Elser practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Accountants
  • Architects & Engineers
  • Community Associations
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Lawyers
  • Medical Malpractice & Health Care
  • Miscellaneous Professions
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Real Property
  • Securities Industry Professionals
  • Admiralty & Marine
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Asbestos
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Action Defense
  • Commercial Contracts & Agreements
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Crisis Management
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • E Discovery
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment & Labor
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Fair Housing & Discrimination Claims
  • Fidelity
  • Surety
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming Sweepstakes & Contests
  • General Liability & Casualty
  • Government Affairs
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations
  • Health Care Law
  • Hospitality
  • Immigration
  • Information Governance
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Defense
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Transactions
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Health Disability & Erisa
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Lobby Law Compliance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Municipal
  • Local Government
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • Program Management
  • Railroad
  • Real Estate & Development
  • Risk Analysis & Mitigation
  • Securities
  • Toxic Tort
  • Transportation
  • Business & Financial
  • Government Relations
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Litigation

Pro bono

Giving back to our communities is a foundational principle at Wilson Elser. We offer extensive pro bono services designed to help ensure universal access to the legal system, especially among those who are poor or otherwise marginalized. Wilson Elser leadership encourages all of our legal professionals to perform pro bono work, benefiting the immediate and surrounding areas in which we live and work, creating opportunities for our attorneys to gain invaluable training and experience and forging meaningful relationships between the firm and its communities nationwide.

Wilson Elser's pro bono initiatives demand the same high standards of professionalism accorded any work undertaken by the firm. We endeavor to use our extensive litigation and trial experience to help those who do not have the resources to retain counsel, including children, immigrants and veterans.

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Wilson Elser Awards and Recognitions

2014 AmLaw 200: Wilson Elser ranks 106.

2014 National Law Journal's NLJ 350: Wilson Elser ranks 48.

Chambers USA: Wilson Elser named a 2014 "Leading Law Firm" in Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

American Lawyer Media reports Wilson Elser named "Go-To Law Firm" by Fortune 500 companies for least 5 Years running.

American Lawyer Media reports Wilson Elser named 2014 "Go-To Law Firm" by Fortune 500 companies in Labor/Employment Law and Contracts, Labor and Torts Litigation.

US News & World Report: Wilson Elser ranked in Tier I

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics: Wilson Elser ranks #1 in Lobbying for 17 years running.

New York Law Journal ranks Wilson Elser the 15th largest law firm in New York.


At Wilson Elser, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is a foundational value, critical to the success of our firm and central to the integrity and vitality of the legal field. Bringing together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, people with diverse perspectives, fosters the innovative and creative thinking that enhances our response to the needs of our clients. Wilson Elser's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and training as well as the organizations to which we belong and the programs we sponsor.

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