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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (aka Willkie) is a top 100 law firm that was founded founded in the 1880's and now has eight office locations throughout the world. Willkie is one of the few larger firms that associates report being happy with the work-life balance and the firm is also known for being on the social side.[1]



Willkie was first founded by Wendell Willkie and future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. From the beginning, the firm represented such high profile clients as Ulysses S. Grant and Thomas Edison. 

With the goal of fostering intellectual curiosity in a collaborative work environment, Willkie prides itself on the fact that many attorneys stay with the firm for the duration of their professional career. In addition to high retention rates, Willkie attorneys are also diverse. With the belief that everyone benefits from a diverse work environment, the firm has a Diversity Committee as well as a Womens Development Committee in order to ensure that the firm is constantly working to maintain and encourage attorneys from different backgrounds and experiences. This effort is also seen in the recruitment practices of the firm.

Participating in a variety of pro bono activities is also important to the firm and Willkie maintains that the time committed to pro bono projects should be the same as for paying clients.

Willkie Practice Areas

Willkie is divided into departments with several practice groups in each department. Practice areas include:

  • Antirust and Competition
  • Asset Management
  • Business Reorganization and Restructuring
  • Communications, Media, and Privacy
  • Corporate and Financial Services
  • Tax
  • Real Estate
  • Private Clients Group
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Government Relations
  • Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

Willkie Offices

Willkie meets client demands with its 8 offices spread throughout the United States and Europe

  • New York
  • Washington
  • Paris
  • London
  • Milan
  • Rome
  • Frankfurt
  • Brussels

Willkie's headquarters can be found in New York, New York.[2]

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 60603

Phone: (212) 728-8000
Web: www.willkie.com

Willkie Size

Willkie is home to roughly 640 lawyers spread throughout the firm's eight offices in the United States and Europe.

Willkie Recruiting

For the past five years, Willkie has given offers to every single summer associate the firm has taken on -- something that is especially impressive in the wake of the hard financial times. The summer associate program is the primary recruiting tool for Willkie.

The firm recruits attorneys from top law schools, with special emphasis on skills that will be transferrable from law school exams to making their applicants great lawyers. Willkie does not have billable hours and allows your associates to begin directly communicating with clients as soon as they begin with the firm.[3]

Willkie Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year $185,000 Yes
4th Year

5th Year $230,000 Yes
6th Year $250,000 Yes
7th Year


Figures based on January 2007 numbers.[4]


  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Willkie-Farr-&-Gallagher-LLP?companyId=425
  2. http://www.willkie.com/home.aspx
  3. http://www.willkie.com/recruiting/recruiting.aspx
  4. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=DC3040



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