Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

5 Star Rating     1 review

Main Office:
833 East Michigan Street, Suite 1800 | Milwaukee | WI | 53202-5615
Phone: 414-273-3500  | Fax: 414-273-5198 

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Year of establishment 1957 Number of partners 94
Number of offices 6 Partner to associate ratio 1.30
Biggest office Milwaukee Percentage of women attorneys 23.50
Number of attorneys 185 Percentage of minority attorneys 9.20
Number of associates 75
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Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Examine internal processes and decision making to improve the pace that work occurs.

Pros: There is a very positive culture and rapport with everyone at the firm. The firm is in a state of the art building with great amenities, and you always feel supported by auxiliary services such as HR.

Cons: The commute to the firm can be terrible, and sometimes things move slowly due to outdated policies.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


The entrepreneurial spirit of Godfrey & Kahn arose from its founders, Dudley Godfrey Jr. and Gerald (Jerry) Kahn. They met as undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin though Dudley later graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Jerry from the University of Wisconsin Law School. After a time spent working in Washington, D.C., they returned to Milwaukee. While the firm enjoys a rich history filled with dedication and long-standing memories, there are a few moments cementing the firm's place in Wisconsin's history: 1957: Dudley Godfrey and Jerry Kahn open their first office on the 11th floor of the Empire Building, 710 N. Plankinton Avenue, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During that time the firm specialized in tax and estate planning. The firm represents its first client, Wesley Pavalon. Unaware of Wisconsin's income tax requirements, Pavalon, a trade school operator, enlists Jerry's help. He is impressed with Jerry's willingness to work through the night to finish his tax returns in such a timely manner. 1968: Due to Godfrey & Kahn's impending expansion, the firm moves into 8,504 square feet in the newly completed Marshall & Ilsley Bank Building at 780 North Water Street in Milwaukee. The firm's employees complete the move during one of Wisconsin's famous snowstorms. Jerry Kahn helps Marvin Fishman acquire an NBA franchise for Milwaukee, the Bucks. Shortly afterward, he negotiates and signs Lew Alcindor, better known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to his first contract and structures the trade that brings Oscar Robertson to Milwaukee. 1969: Immediately following the office move, Godfrey & Kahn hires new recruits Peter Sommerhauser, Carl Backus and J. Lewis Perlson. The firm's founders shift their focus from tax and estate planning to general business law, creating growth opportunity for the firm.

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Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Awards and Recognitions

2015 "Wisconsin Firm of the Year" by Benchmark Litigation

2014 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers "50 Best Law Firms for Women"

2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers


We believe that our law firm, and the communities in which we live and work, must be committed to building a professional and cultural environment of inclusion. We have long embraced the principles of equal employment opportunity and recognize that promoting diversity is an integral component to our success as individuals and as a firm. We also believe that a diverse workforce improves our judgment and helps us to better understand our clients and our clients' needs. As the business community grows more diverse and increasingly global, we know that our commitment to diversity will enhance the quality of our work and our lives for the better of our employees and clients.

Summer associate program

Our Summer Associate Program is our most important tool for hiring new associates. The goal of the program is to give summer associates the opportunity to experience life working an as associate at Godfrey & Kahn. Consistent with this goal, summer associates are given meaningful assignments from many different practice areas within the firm.

As a summer associate, you can expect to work with a diverse group of attorneys from multiple practice areas. The work you will perform is part of a larger project we have undertaken for our clients or our firm - it is never unnecessary or busywork. It is our expectation that your work will be incorporated into our final product and that your time will be billed to the client.


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