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Arnold and Porter

Headquarters: 555 Twelfth St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Employees: 1,500
Chairman: Thomas Milch
Privately held


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Arnold & Porter LLP is a major international law firm with headquarters in Washington, DC and over 800 lawyers working across the US and Europe: Brussels, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.

Arnold & Porter attorneys practice in over 30 distinct areas of law, working together in coordinated, cross-disciplinary teams to provide transactional, regulatory, and litigation services in the following areas of practice:

- Antitrust/Competition and Consumer Protection
- Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization
- Compensation and Benefits
- Congressional Investigations
- Consumer Product Safety
- Corporate and Securities
- Employment
- Environmental
- FDA and Healthcare
- Financial Services
- Government Contracts
- Information Security
- Intellectual Property
- International Arbitration
- International Trade
- Litigation
- National and Homeland Security
- Political Law, Government Ethics, and Lobbying Compliance
- Privacy
- Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation
- Public Policy and Legislative
- Real Estate
- Securities Enforcement and Litigation
- Subprime Lending Regulation, Enforcement & Litigation
- Tax, Trusts, and Estates
- Telecommunications, Internet, and Media
- Toxic Tort
- White Collar Criminal Defense

The firm is not only comprised of top lawyers from America and Europe's best colleges and law schools, but of doctors, biologists, chemists, public policy professionals, and former high-ranking officials from the US government. In fact, over 75 attorneys at the firm have served in positions in the government at state, national and international levels.

Arnold & Porter was named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE magazine for the ninth year.


Shortly after World War II, three veterans of the New Deal founded the law firm then known as Arnold, Fortas & Porter. Thurman Arnold was a former Yale Law School professor, Assistant Attorney General, and US Court of Appeals Judge. Abe Fortas, who would later become a Supreme Court Justice, also served in various government positions, including as Undersecretary of the Interior. Paul Porter was a former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Administrator of the wartime Office of Price Administration.

Thurman Arnold, a brilliant, iconoclastic lawyer and economist, endowed the firm with its institutional ambition to confront and find creative answers to complex legal issues. Abe Fortas contributed a meticulous and uncompromising emphasis on technical excellence, and Paul Porter, a quintessential "Washington lawyer," infused the firm with a tradition of independence and originality. They were three very different people who together gave the firm they founded an appreciation and respect for individuality.

These principles and the personalities of Arnold & Porter's founders still shape the firm today. Many of the firm's attorneys have held senior positions in the White House and in such US government agencies as the Departments of State and Justice, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Several attorneys, both partners and associates, teach part-time at law schools, and many write for legal and business publications. Many also participate in national and local bar association activities as well as in continuing legal education programs.


Benefits offered to all attorneys working 25 or more hours per week include:

* Medical, vision, and dental coverage;
* Medical, vision, and dental coverage for spouses, domestic partners, and their children;
* Life insurance equal to two times base annual earnings;
* Long-term disability coverage;
* Supplemental long-term disability insurance;
* Supplemental life insurance;
* Dependent life insurance;
* Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts;
* 401(k) through employee contributions;
* Profit-sharing through firm and employee contributions;
* Travel Accident Insurance coverage;
* Long-Term Care benefit;
* Employee Assistance Program;
* Pre-tax transportation program;
* Salary advance;
* Exercise facilities and showers (Washington, DC, only);
* On-site cafeteria available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Washington, DC, only);
* A "healthy incentive" bonus; and
* Vacation/sick leave.

Updated July 20, 2013

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