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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Founded in 1884, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has a long history of providing sound legal advice both domestically and abroad, and is known as one of the world’s leading international law firms.



Known for its capabilities of handling legal matters all over the world, Simpson Thacher is a powerhouse, regularly using its extensive experience and expertise to advise and counsel corporations and governments worldwide. Simpson Thacher prides itself on understanding its clients’ needs no matter the timing or the situation. During the economic crisis in the late 2000s, Simpson Thacher was selected by the United States Government to manage the structuring and implementation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Simpson Thacher also stepped up to the plate to aggressively defend major financial players in various world markets against subprime litigation suits.[1]

Simpson Thacher is also committed to pro bono work, contributing tens of thousands of hours to numerous projects ranging from immigration matters, entrepreneurship, environmental concerns, and providing advice through non-profit organizations to those in need. Simpson Thacher also places great importance on the issues of diversity and gender equality, creating and following its own Diversity Action Plan designed to enhance diversity awareness and promote development and advancement efforts firm-wide. Simpson Thacher also has its own Women’s Committee committed to promoting gender equality throughout the firm, as well as the legal profession in general.[2]

Simpson Thacher Areas of Practice

Simpson Thacher has well over 20 specialized areas of practice, including, but not limited to the following:[3]

  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Banking and Credit
  • Capital Markets and Securities
  • Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Practice
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation
  • Pro Bono
  • Product Liability and Mass Tort
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Securities/Shareholder Litigation
  • Structured Finance
  • Tax

Simpson Thacher Offices

Simpson Thacher has 9 offices worldwide. It is headquartered in New York City, New York.[4]

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Palo Alto
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Sao Paulo
  • Tokyo

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-455-2000
Fax: 212-455-2502
Web: www.simpsonthacher.com

Simpson Thacher Size

Simpson Thacher employs 672 associates, 180 partners, and 35 attorneys of counsel.[5]

Simpson Thacher Recruiting

Associates at Simpson Thacher praise the interesting nature of the work, as well as the polite and interesting nature of not only the partners, but all employees. Complaints ranged from long hours to a lack of feedback provided – sometimes only once a year.[6]

Simpson Thacher typically hires from its summer associates, who work in every single one of its nine offices. Simpson Thacher also allows established attorneys to apply for associate positions.[7]

Simpson Thacher, like other top law firms, offers a range of benefits for its associates. Life, dental, medical, and disability insurance is paid for by the firm. To help new associates get settled, Simpson Thacher reimburses for relocation expenses and will even advance up to $9000 from your annual salary for the transition. Simpson Thacher also offers four weeks of paid vacation, up to 18 weeks of paid primary caregiver leave, off-site emergency childcare, and even some flexible working arrangements. Additionally, amenities such as a subsidized on-site cafeteria and subsidized health club memberships are offered to enhance quality of life.[8]

Simpson Thacher Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year


2nd Year $170,000

3rd Year $185,000

4th Year $210,000

5th Year $230,000

6th Year $250,000

7th Year $265,000

8th Year $280,000


Based on January 2007 figures.

Class of 1998 - $290,000 Counsel and classes senior to 1998 will be addressed on an individual basis.[9]


  1. http://www.simpsonthacher.com/content/publications/pub964.pdf
  2. http://www.simpsonthacher.com/content/publications/pub964.pdf
  3. http://www.simpsonthacher.com/practice.htm
  4. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f020401&orgtypeid=F
  5. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f020401&orgtypeid=F
  6. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Simpson-Thacher-&-Bartlett-LLP?companyId=419
  7. http://www.simpsonthacher.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=24&itemID=257
  8. http://www.simpsonthacher.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=24&itemID=256
  9. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=NY3020



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