Top company by employee – 62 – Arnold & Porter – District of Columbia US
Industry: Professional Services – Legal
State: District of Columbia
Previous rank: N.A.
2011 revenue ($ millions): $639
What makes it so great?
At this law firm all employees are eligible for generous benefits, including 18 weeks’ paid maternity or adoption leave and 30 days’ paid paternity leave.
|Arnold & Porter|
|Headquarters||555 12th Street
|No. of offices||9|
|No. of attorneys||800+|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Date founded||1946 (Washington, D.C.)|
Arnold & Porter LLP is a nine-office international law firm based in Washington, D.C. Arnold & Porter is well known for its trial,corporate, and antitrust work, and for its pro bono commitments. Founded in 1946, it is one of the largest law firms in the world today.
Arnold & Porter was founded in 1946 by New Deal veterans Thurman Arnold, a former Yale Law School professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge on the D.C. Circuit, and Abe Fortas, another former Yale Law School professor who later became a Supreme Court Justice. In 1947, Paul A. Porter, a former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission joined the firm and it was renamed Arnold, Fortas & Porter. In 1965, Abe Fortas’ name was dropped from the firm’s moniker after his ascension to the Supreme Court.
Noteworthy cases and deals
Prominent cases the firm has been involved with include its work as counsel to Clarence Earl Gideon in the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright, subject of the Edgar Award-winning book Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis. The firm also represented the survivors of the Buffalo Creek Flood, one of the worst mining disasters in U.S. history. Their representation was the subject of the book Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern, which is required reading in many law schools. In addition, it was the only significant law firm to represent the victims of Joseph McCarthy and the “loyalty review boards" that ruined the careers of many loyal government employees. All three founders of the firm were so upset by the use of secret evidence that at one point the firm’s lawyers were spending half of their time fighting these cases.
More recently, Arnold & Porter successfully defended Random House from a claim of copyright infringement against the Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown. Arnold & Porter served as outside counsel to the Independent Review Committee as it scrutinized the management style of Lawrence Small, the former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution who resigned when some details of excessive expenses became public. The firm was also counsel to Philip Morris in the mass tort litigation of the 1990s, WorldCom executive Scott Sullivan, Martha Stewart, and CBS in its litigation against Howard Stern.
The firm is also noted for its pro bono work including assisting the family of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper in obtaining the first posthumous Presidential pardon in U.S. history, and representation of Ukrainian mail order bride Nataliya Fox against international marriage broker Encounters International in a ground breaking case that helped to establish the rights of such women.
- Denver, Colorado
- Los Angeles, California
- McLean, Virginia
- New York City
- Palo Alto, California
- San Francisco, California
- Washington, D.C.
- “100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune Magazine (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
- “Great Places to Work" by Washingtonian magazine (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)
- “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers," Working Mother Magazine (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)
- John Pickering Pro Bono Award
- American Lawyer‘s A-List (2010, 2009, 2007)
- 19th in the United States in the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (4th in Washington, DC, 1st in Antitrust, 13th in Diversity)
- Thurman Arnold, founder — U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the D.C. Circuit, Yale Law School Professor
- William Baer, United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
- Brooksley Born – Chairwoman, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Joseph A. Califano – U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Chairman of the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse
- Pamela Ki Mai Chen, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
- Mary DeRosa, former Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs in the Obama Administration
- Allison H. Eid, Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court
- Abe Fortas, founder — Supreme Court Justice, Yale Law School professor
- Milton Freeman, author of SEC Rule 10b-5
- Merrick Garland – U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the D.C. Circuit
- Charles Halpern – Founder of the Center for Law and Social Policy, first Dean of City University of New York School of Law, Berkeley School of Law professor
- Irvin B. Nathan – Attorney General of the District of Columbia, General Counsel of the United States House of Representatives
- Matthew G. Olsen – Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and former General Counsel of the National Security Agency
- Paul A. Porter, founder — Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
- Victor H. Kramer – Chief, Litigation Section, Antitrust Division, US Justice Department; Co-founder of the Center for Law and Social Policy; Director of the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center; Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and University of Minnesota Law School.
- Margaret M. Morrow, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
- Sarah Bloom Raskin, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Charles A. Reich, American legal and social scholar
- William D. Rogers – President, American Society of International Law, Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs
- Eli Whitney Debevoise II – U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank
- Kenneth I. Juster – Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
- Michael Solender – General Counsel Bear Stearns
- James W. Jones, managing partner (1986–1995) – Managing Director, Hildebrandt International. Chairman, The Hildebrandt Institute.
- Jack Quinn (lawyer), former Clinton White House counsel and founder of Quinn Gillespie & Associates
- John Hart Ely, influential legal scholar and former dean of Stanford Law School