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About Ropes & Gray LLP.

Ropes & Gray is a leading global law firm with offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and Washington, DC. Built on a foundation of over 150 years of dedication to forging strong client relationships, we represent interests across a broad spectrum of industries in corporate law and litigation matters. In addition, we offer counsel on labor and employment issues, tax and benefits, creditors'‚Äč rights, and private client services. Our clients range in size from large to small companies and include financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals and health care organizations, colleges and universities, and families and individuals.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1865 Number of Partners 291
Number of offices 11 Partner:associate ratio 0.40
Biggest office Boston Percentage of women attorneys 40.90
Number of attorneys 1196 Percentage of minority attorneys 16.10
Number of associates 713 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 4.00
Notable cases
  • Currently Ongoing
  • Ropes & Gray represented Dunkin' Brands Group, who is the operator of the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins chains, in a wide range of matters, including its $422 million IPO and $625 million high-yield bond offering.
  • October 2011
  • The firm represented long-time client Bain capital in a $3.2 billion LBO of Japanese restaurant chain Skylark, the largest private equity buyout in Japan in many years.
  • August 2011
  • Ropes & Gray provided pro bono representation for more than 2 years to Damien Echols, who was an inmate on death row in Arkansas. Echols was one of three teenagers convicted of murder 18 years ago in a famous case known as "The West Memphis Three." Ropes & Gray attorneys negotiated an unusual deal with Echols and the other defendants entering Alford pleas. This gained their freedom along with wide national attention.
  • June 2011
  • Ropes and Gray recently advised The Timberland Company, who is a major retailer, in its $2 billion acquisition by branded lifestyle apparel company VF Corporation, the owner of the North Face Brand.
Area of practice

Ropes & Gray LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Administrative Litigation
  • Anti Corruption
  • International Risk
  • Anti Money Laundering
  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Antitrust Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Appellate & Supreme Court
  • Asia Private Equity
  • Asset Based Lending & Debtor In Possession Financing
  • Asset Management
  • Asset Sales & Section 363 Transactions
  • Banking
  • Benefits Consulting Group
  • Business Restructuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representation
  • China Life Sciences
  • Claims Trading
  • Class Actions
  • Clinical Research
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Compliance For Hedge Funds
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Corporate Trust
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Data Security Breaches
  • Derivatives & Commodities
  • Digital Health
  • E Discovery
  • Employment Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Erisa
  • Executive Compensation
  • Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits In Transactions
  • False Claims Act
  • Fda Regulatory
  • Federal Contractor Compliance
  • Ofccp
  • Finance
  • Fund Boards Of Directors
  • Trustees
  • Global Reach
  • Government Enforcement
  • White Collar Crime
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Antitrust
  • Health Information Technology & Electronic Health Records
  • Health Privacy & Security
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Yield
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Rights Management
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • International Tax
  • Investment Advisers
  • Investment Management
  • Investment Management Compliance
  • Investment Management Litigation
  • Investor Representation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Latin America
  • Lending
  • Leveraged Finance
  • Liability Risk Management
  • Life Sciences
  • Life Sciences Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Life Sciences Licensing Collaborations & Joint Ventures
  • Life Sciences Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation
  • Loan Portfolios
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation
  • Middle East
  • Mutual Funds
  • Closed End Funds & Etfs
  • Official & Ad Hoc Committees
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Privacy And Data Security Compliance & Counseling
  • Privacy Litigation & Regulatory Investigations
  • Private Client
  • Private Equity
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Equity & Debt Investment Structures
  • Real Estate Investments & Transactions
  • Regulatory Compliance For Private Funds
  • Secondary Transactions
  • Securities & Futures Enforcement
  • Securities & Public Companies
  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation
  • Securitizations & Structured Finance
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Social Media
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Special Situations
  • Sponsor Representation
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Technology Media & Telecommunications
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Traditional Health & Welfare Plans
  • Traditional Retirement Plans
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
Awards and recognitions

Ropes and Gray has built a reputation for high-quality work, a positive outlook, and the highest standards of service and ethics. It services have been recognized throughout the legal field in the United States as well as around the world. It has consistently won several accolades and rankings, some of which are mentioned below:

Ropes & Gray is highly ranked in several publications. Some of these publications include The Financial Times, Vault, U.S. News / Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners and The American Lawyer.
In 2011, Ropes & Gray was named to The American Lawyer's "A-List" ranking of 20 top law firms based on attorney diversity, pro bono work, associate satisfaction and firm performance
In 2012, Ropes & Gray was ranked as the 25th most prestigious firm in the United States by Vault.
U.S. News / Best Lawyers named Ropes & Gray "Law Firm of the Year" for hedge funds for 2011-12. The firm also was named among the 20 U.S. law firms with the most top-tier national rankings in the "Best Law Firms" survey.
Directors & Boards magazine have named Ropes & Gray one of the top 10 U.S. law firms in dealing with general corporate governance issues in its 2009 survey of "Top Corporate Governance Law Firms.


Ropes and Gray believes that people should be hired based on their abilities alone. The firm hired its first Jewish lawyer Abe Berkowitz over 100 years ago in 1907. This was long before the other firms opened their doors to Jewish lawyers. The same can be said about employing women. In 1942, Ropes and Gray hired its first women associates Mary Lennon and Blanche Quaid.

The firm has set a precedent in embracing as well as encompassing all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, as well as family structures. This internationally operating global firm truly believes that diversity is an integral part of their firm-wide focus across all their offices.

The firm is recognized as a leader in the area of diversity overall, as well as with respect to women, gay and lesbian candidates, and other minorities. The firm has won several accolades for its diversity efforts. It has earned the top rating of 100 percent for the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which is an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The firm was also recognized by the MultiCultural Law Magazine as amongst the top 25 law firms for Asian Americans.

It was also recognized as one of the top 100 Law Firm for Women and Diversity. The firm also pays the extra taxes that same-sex couples need to pay for domestic partner benefits. This firm is also included in the Top Twenty rankings by Vault.com in its survey of 150 most law firms in the country. It is ranked #2 in diversity with respect to LBGT and #3 with respect to overall diversity. Ropes and Gray shares the same spot for diversity with respect to women and diversity with respect to minorities as well.

Summer associate program

Ropes and Gray has in place a distinctive and sophisticated summer associate program. Associates as well as those who have clerked a year after law school are assigned to a department beginning their first year at the firm. The firm tries to match individual associates with firm needs.

The firm also emphasizes the need for exposure to a broad area of practices in the early years of practice. The firm determines departmental assignments by balancing associates' practice areas with firm needs. Ropes and Gray actually believes in developing an exposure to a variety of projects as well as clients.

The firm has a low associate to partner ratio. This assures that each associate becomes responsible early during the summer associate program and works towards the advancement of its skills. Smaller departments utilize the services of the associates with the help of senior associates and partners during the early years of practice. Ropes and Gray ensures that new associates become involved quickly in their work.

Lawyers in their first year may make client contact usually in their first year. Litigators may also find themselves speaking at court or even at depositions during the first year. This is usually the situation with a pro bono case and transactional lawyers as they assume negotiating responsibility for certain agreements.

Working for the Ropes & Gray LLP.

Ropes and Gray is consistently ranked as one of the top law firms in the world. The firm has a collaborative culture, wherein associates are encouraged to take on interesting as well as challenging work across a range of leading practice groups throughout the United States as well as around the world. The buzz is that it is excellent to work for this firm, though it may be difficult to get hired initially.

The firm is consistently recognized and highly ranked for its corporate as well as transactional work in a range of practice areas such as M&A, finance, hedge funds, health care, life sciences, and many other areas. It has extensive litigation experience in the area of complex business litigation, securities litigation and regulation, government enforcement and white collar criminal and IP defense.

Working for Ropes and Gray is a great experience as it has been long recognized by associates as a great place to work. The firm demonstrates its commitment towards work by cultivating a culture of teamwork, partnership and mutual respect. Associates of the firm consistently give the firm a high mark in surveys that measure parameters such as job satisfaction, diversity, training and development, benefits, and the firm's billable hour policies. The firm has been ranked as No.2 by the 2012 Vault Guide and the firm has been ranked at the No.1 spot for the previous two years.

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Ropes & Gray LLP. Headquarters

Prudential Tower ,
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA


Ropes & Gray LLP. Office

Three Embarcadero Center ,
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA

415-315-6300 phone
415-315-6350 fax


Ropes & Gray LLP. Office

1211 Avenue of The Americas
New York City, NY

212-596-9000 phone
212-596-9090 fax


Ropes & Gray LLP. Office

36F, Park Place ,
1601 Nanjing Road West
Shanghai, SHANGHAI

216-157-5200 phone
216-157-5299 fax


Ropes & Gray LLP. Office

191 North Wacker Drive ,
32nd Floor
Chicago, IL

312 845 1200 phone
312 845 5500 fax

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