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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP prides itself on its international practice. Where some firms claim to be a US law firm with foreign offices, Cleary works hard to operate as a single unit, closely integrating overseas offices with domestic ones through shared work and frequent communication.[1]



Despite being an international powerhouse firm today, Cleary’s dedication to international practice stretches as far back as sixty years ago, when Cleary Gottlieb opened their first European office. Cleary Gottlieb was also one of the first international law firms to hire and promote international attorneys as equal partners around the globe. Cleary Gottlieb treasures its inter-operability between its offices, truly providing clients a one-firm solution, as the firm is able to leverage its talents and resources from all around the world to help solve a problem.[2]

It goes without saying that Cleary Gottlieb is a big proponent of diversity and inclusion. Setting aside the fact that Cleary Gottlieb’s website is available in eleven different languages, Cleary promotes diversity through various events, activities, initiatives, and outreach programs.[3]

Cleary Gottlieb is also committed to pro bono work and public service. Viewing the practice of law as a privilege, Cleary Gottlieb takes on the responsibility to serve the needs of less privileged communities and individuals. Cleary Gottlieb participates in various programs and community service organizations, and, firm-wide, contributes more than 64,000 hours each year to pro bono and public service efforts.[4]

Cleary Gottlieb Practice Areas

Cleary Gottlieb practices in 25 different areas of the law and in over 16 different industries.[5]

Cleary Gottlieb Offices

Cleary Gottlieb aims to serve clients worldwide with fourteen offices both in the United States and abroad.[6]

  • New York
  • London
  • Rome
  • Buenos Aires
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Moscow
  • Milan
  • Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Brussels
  • Cologne
  • Beijing

Cleary Gottlieb’s headquarters can be found in New York City.[7]

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
One Liberty Plaza
New York, NY 10006-1470

Phone: (212) 225-2000
Web: www.clearygottlieb.com

Cleary Gottlieb Size

Cleary Gottlieb employs over 1,100 attorneys from over fifty different countries worldwide.[8]

Cleary Gottlieb Recruiting

Associates at Cleary Gottlieb praise the collegial atmosphere, and generally everyone’s pleasant personality and demeanor. Complaints usually revolve around long hours, often attributable to working a world-schedule when collaborating with offices overseas.[9]

Cleary Gottlieb typically hires from its summer associates, some of which can take advantage of opportunities to experience rotations at offices overseas. Cleary Gottlieb makes it clear that summer associates are important from day one, and begins training them in practical lawyering skills.[10] Cleary Gottlieb also conducts on campus interviews at a number of law schools throughout the United States and Canada.[11] Additionally, Cleary Gottlieb recruits internationally-trained lawyers holding an LL.M. for its New York office.[12] Like many other law firms, Cleary also offers bonuses to incoming associates who just completed a qualifying judicial clerkship.[13] Finally, Cleary also accepts applications from experienced attorneys seeking a lateral placement.[14]

Cleary Gottlieb offers a number of perks and benefits to associates employed at the firm. Benefits include moving expenses, four weeks paid vacation, 401(k) plan, salary advances, reimbursed broker’s fees for apartment rentals, health club membership, bar review/exam/association fees, law school matching gift program, and a variety of other perks and insurance coverage plans.[15]

Cleary Gottlieb Salary & Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2005 bonus of $35,000
2nd Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $40,000
3rd Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $45,000
4th Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $50,000
5th Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $55,000
6th Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $60,000
7th Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $65,000
8th Year

Yes 2005 bonus of $65,000

Based on January 2007 numbers.

This applies to all US offices.[16]


  1. http://www.cgsh.com/about/overview/
  2. http://www.cgsh.com/about/overview/
  3. http://www.cgsh.com/about/diversity_and_inclusion/
  4. http://www.cgsh.com/about/community/
  5. http://www.cgsh.com/services/services.aspx?view=S4
  6. http://www.weil.com/locations/
  7. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/profile?companyId=382
  8. http://www.cgsh.com/about/overview/
  9. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Cleary-Gottlieb-Steen-&-Hamilton-LLP?companyId=382
  10. http://www.cgsh.com/files/FileControl/95ee7ee6-d703-4b04-8d6e-08909c08eecf/7483b893-e478-44a4-8fed-f49aa917d8cf/Presentation/File/USRecruitingBrochure.pdf
  11. http://www.cgsh.com/careers/newyork/thehiringprocess/lawschools/
  12. http://www.cgsh.com/careers/newyork/thehiringprocess/llmrecruiting/
  13. http://www.cgsh.com/careers/newyork/thehiringprocess/judicialclerks/
  14. http://www.cgsh.com/careers/newyork/thehiringprocess/experiencedattorneys/
  15. http://www.cgsh.com/careers/newyork/workingatclearygottlieb/compensationandbenefits/
  16. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=NY0840



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