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Cleary Gottlieb

Headquarters: One Liberty Plaza
New York, NY 10006
Attorneys: 1,100
Managing Partner: Mark Leddy

Recruiting Info

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a leading international law firm, with over 1,100 lawyers from 50 countries working in 13 offices around the world.

The New York office currently has approximately 500 lawyers representing both U.S. and international clients in a wide range of general and highly specialized practice areas. The New York office occupies 10 floors of a modern building in the city's financial district, with a 360-degree panoramic view of New York City and New Jersey. The firm also maintains a conference center in midtown Manhattan for client meetings.

The New York office handles many of the notable corporate transactions, investigations and litigation in the financial world.  Cleary's corporate practice includes assignments in capital markets, M&A and joint ventures, corporate counseling, sovereign and international institution representation, privatizations, banking and other financial institution matters, real estate, project finance, structured finance, derivatives and commodities and private equity.  The litigation and arbitration practice includes matters involving securities and derivatives, banking and financial institutions, M&A, criminal defense and investigations, antitrust, agency and regulatory, insurance coverage and products liability.  The New York practice also covers the multiple dimensions of workouts and bankruptcy, intellectual property, employment and pension issues, individual clients and charitable organizations. 

Since the opening of the firm's first European office in 1949, Cleary's legal staff has included European lawyers, most of whom have received a part of their academic legal training in the United States and many of whom have completed traineeships in one of the firm's U.S. offices.  The firm was among the first international law firms to hire and promote non-U.S. lawyers as equal partners around the world.

Cleary Gottlieb was founded in New York and Washington simultaneously in 1946 by four former partners in the Wall Street firm of Root Clark Buckner and Ballantine and others who had come from post-war service in the U.S. government.

The firm has 195 partners, 84 of which are based outside the U.S.


Work/Life Benefits

Vacation: 10 days first full calendar year, 15 days second year and 20 days third year; accrued by the end of the year.

Personal Days: 3 days per full calendar year.

Holidays: 8 for 2011.

Family and Medical Leave: Up to 12 weeks job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons.

Maternity Leave: 8 weeks paid leave from date disability commences. If disabled longer, may be eligible for additional paid weeks based on length of service. (See Short-Term Disability Plan under Health)

New Mother’s Room: The Firm provides two new mother’s rooms which are private, comfortable and convenient places for women desiring to continue breast-feeding upon returning to work from maternity leave.

Adoptive Leave: 4 weeks paid leave at time of adoption.

Child Care Services: Back-up child care available near the office at no cost to employee. Resource and referral service includes confidential guidance, information and/or referrals to local resources.

Elder Care Program: Free resource and referral program providing assistance to employees for elder care needs of family members.

Employee Assistance Program: Confidential counseling service providing professional assistance to employees and their immediate family members.

Financial & Legal Resources: One free 30 minute consultation with a trained financial/legal professional concerning retirement planning, budget/credit management, resolving legal problems and other financial/legal matters. Additional resources and referrals are available.

Business Casual Dress all year long. 

Health Club: Discounted memberships at Crunch, New York Health & Racquet Club and New York Sports Club. 


401(k) Savings Plan: voluntary salary deferrals up to $16,500 pre-tax limit/year plus 25% firm match on 15% of deferrals. Firm contributes from 3% to 5% of gross annual wages regardless of voluntary deferrals.

On-Site ATM.

Citibank at Work™ and Bank of America program including mortgage assistance and free checking.

Payroll Direct Deposit of semi-monthly paychecks.

Pre-Tax Transportation Program: pre-tax amounts to participate in eTRAC Mastercard Transportation Expense Plan (maximum of $230/month) and/or to be reimbursed for qualified parking expenses (maximum of $230/month).

Flexible Spending Accounts: Medical expenses not covered by the Medical Benefit Plan, as well as the deductible and co-payment portions of the Medical Benefit Plan, are reimbursed up to $5,000 per year as pre-tax deductions. Childcare expenses for childcare are reimbursed up to $5,000 per year as pre-tax deductions for children 12 years old and younger.

Life Insurance: 2 x annual salary provided at no cost to employee.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Plan: 2 x annual salary provided at no cost to employee.

Travel Accident Insurance: Insurance of $150,000 provided for business travel at no cost to employee.


Medical Benefit Plan: PPO plan through UnitedHealthcare. Coverage begins the first day of employment and includes prescription drug program.  Higher level of benefit for in-network usage. Pre-tax monthly employee payroll contributions starting at $50/month based on annual salary and whether individual or family coverage. Medical benefits are extended to same sex domestic partners.

Dental: Aetna Freedom of Choice Plan offers DMO and PPO options. DMO – 100% coverage in-network for basic services and preventative services; 60% coverage for major restorations. No deductible. PPO – 80% coverage of preventative; 50% for basic and major services. $75 annual deductible for individual and $225 for family. PPO option allows in and out-of-network coverage not to exceed $2000 annual maximum after deductible for preventative, basic and major services. Plan contributions range from $31.18 for individual coverage to $85.07 for family coverage. Coverage for orthodontia is provided under the DMO only, with benefits payable at 50%.

Vision Care (VSP): Benefits include coverage for exams, prescription glasses, contact lenses as well as discounts available for sunglasses and laser vision correction.

Annual flu shots on site at no cost to the employee.

Short-Term Disability Plan: full-pay based on length of service, from eight weeks’ pay after one year to 26 weeks’ pay after five years of service.

Long-Term Disability Plan: 60% of salary at time of disability, paid after 26 weeks of short-term disability at no cost to the employee.

Long Term Care Insurance: Provides long term care (nursing home care, assisted living facility care or in home nursing care) to employees and eligible family members.

Voluntary Short-Term Disability and Critical Illness Insurance Plans.

MedjetAssist: Worldwide organization providing medical transportation, medical evacuation and medical consultation services if injured while traveling.

Other Benefits

Cafeteria: on-site subsidized cafeteria serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Memberships and Discounts: American Folk Art Museum, Guggenheim, The Morgan Library & Museum, Six Flags, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Sea World, Busch Gardens, J&R Music and Computer World, Dell Employee Purchase Program, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile Wireless discounts; Cohen’s Optical, Estee Lauder perfumes/cosmetics, William Barthman Jewelers, Brooks Brothers, and JosA Banks.

Employee Referral Bonus: up to $3000 for each person hired.

Service Awards: American Express GiftCheques for every 5 years of service.

Holiday Party: annual event of dinner and dancing.

Staff Appreciation Events: annual breakfasts and/or an evening reception to show appreciation to staff on all shifts.

Updated April 16, 2011


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