About Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Willkie is an elite international law firm of approximately 600 lawyers located in nine offices in six countries. For more than 125 years, we have represented companies across a wide spectrum of businesses and industries, most notably financial services. The firm is comprised of attorneys who are individually and as a group recognized as some of the world’s foremost subject matter experts in their respective areas of practice.
Willkie’s international experience—including the representation of U.S. and international corporations throughout all regions of the world—is both deep and broad. Located in key business centers throughout the world, Willkie is comprised of the best local market talent in shared strategic areas of practice. Each of our European offices is ranked and recognized within its country as a top local firm. This is an extraordinary distinction and speaks to our specific focus on having the best local talent in each office. Our ability to provide sound judgment and expert legal advice, coupled with significant knowledge of a region’s particular rules and regulations, financial and political regimes, and customs and culture, ensures that clients seeking to conduct cross-border business get the maximum benefit from our vast experience.
Our firm’s shared areas of concentration and services are aligned to ensure high quality and consistently responsive counsel across our international network of offices. Our continuous focus on the synergies within our firm is supported by a firm culture that values collaboration and cooperation.
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- Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more recent significant cases include:
- Willkie Farr & Gallagher Represented Zurich Financial Services as issuer in a CHF3.7 billion rights offering in 2002
- Willkie Farr & Gallagher Acted for Electricite de France through its Paris and Milan offices in its
Area of practice
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
Antitrust & Competition
Business Reorganization & Restructuring
Media & Privacy
Corporate & Financial Services
Health & Safety
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
White Collar Investigations & Compliance
Awards and recognitions
Willkie Farr & Gallagher is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.
Ranked first among leading firms in America for advising on US buyouts
Ranked second among leading firms globally for advising on US buyouts
Chambers USA ranked the firm and its attorneys individually for outstanding work in various areas of legal service, for the year 2012
The firm received Band 1 rankings for Investment Funds: Registered Funds (for the sixth consecutive year) and Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite. Additionally, the firm was nominated among a short list of firms for the "Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012" in the areas of Investment Funds and Securities Regulation
BTI recognized the firm for its significant strategic growth among leading firms for the US Legal Services Industry 2012
For the second consecutive year, the firm ranked in Tier 1 for Restructuring and Insolvency
The Multicultural Law Magazine ranked it among the top 100 firms for diversity and as the number 3 firm for women and among the top U.S. law firms for diversity.
At Willkie Farr & Gallagher, everyone believes that a diverse workplace works to mutual benefit of all. The firm is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse environment by recruiting and retaining people of all backgrounds and cultural experiences. With a global clientele, that requires multi dimensional work, the firm's diversity is reflective of their international arena and the reason for their ability to seamlessly deliver such service.
The firm has a Diversity Committee that oversees all its diversity work. The Committee has been in existence for over a decade and meets at least once a month to address issues related to the recruitment, retention, promotion and career development of its diverse workforce, especially minorities and the openly-gay attorneys.
The firm conducts periodic diversity training for all attorneys and staff manager, as well as diversity awareness workshops. The Committee also sponsors monthly luncheons, summer associate gatherings and other events that celebrate the firm's diversity and foster relationships among its attorneys.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher's Women's Professional Development Committee (WPDC) was established to offer professional development programs and guidance to women attorneys as they navigate their way in the firm and the legal profession. The committee provides opportunities for the cultivation of successful mentoring relationships for younger women attorneys with the firm's more senior attorneys.
In the area of recruitment, Willkie has made a concerted effort to reach out to law school organizations that focus on the interests of students of diverse backgrounds.
The firm is also a signatory to The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Statement of Diversity
Summer associate program
Every summer associate is paired with a partner and an associate in practice areas of his or her choice for two or three week rotations throughout the summer. The first rotation is based on the summer associate's preferred choices. Later rotations are designed to ensure that the associate gets to sample the firm's different practice areas.
Summers are exposed to interesting and challenging work and typically are assigned projects similar to that of a entry-level attorney. These assignments include writing briefs, client memoranda and motions, deposition preparation, drafting documents and performing "due diligence" related to corporate transactions.
Summer associates are evaluated twice during the program: once at mid-summer and then at the end of the program. In addition to providing an introduction to life as an associate, the firm provides a wide array of social events with the goal of helping its summer associates to get to know one another.
Summer associates receive a salary of $3,077 per week during the summer. Among other benefits available to its summer associates are salary advances; subsidized gym memberships; and travel and moving expenses.
Associates cherish their experience at the firm and call it an interesting, challenging, and truly enjoyable experience. On the whole, the Firm's associates and partners are friendly, accessible, and always willing to offer helpful guidance and advice.
Working for the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
The firm fosters a culture of intellectual curiosity in a collaborative work environment, its collegial atmosphere making it s attorneys stay with the firm throughout their careers. The firm's high retention record is evident from the fact that it regularly celebrates 25 plus anniversaries for its staff and lawyers.
Lawyers and non-legal staff seeking to work at Willkie Farr & Gallagher can expect exceptional opportunities and an assurance of working in a mutually respectful and stimulating environment. As one of the world's leading firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher has a great reputation for representing some very big names in the business, with a great success record in solving complex legal matters and serving the public interest, according to the very highest professional standards.
The firm welcomes talented law students, trainees, lawyers and staff members with the capability, reliability, and enterprise to ensure that Willkie Farr & Gallagher continues to be a motivating and gratifying place to practice law.