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Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Headquarters: 787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Attorneys: 600
Chairman: Jack Nusbaum

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Willkie Farr and Gallagher is an international law firm based in New York with eight offices worldwide including Washington, DC, London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt and Brussels.

The firm's areas of expertise include
- Corporate and Financial Services
- Environmental
- Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
- Government Relations
- Intellectual Property
- International Trade
- Litigation
- Private Clients Group
- Real Estate
- Tax
- Telecommunications

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo is an attorney with the firm.


In 1888, Hornblower & Byrne, the original predecessor of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, opened its doors at 280 Broadway.

The Firm consisted of four lawyers:  two young "name" partners -- William B. Hornblower, 37, a Columbia Law School graduate, and James Byrne, 31, from Harvard Law School -- and two "associates" (law clerks) --  Edward Sanford and Mark Potter.  The nonlegal staff consisted of one male stenographer and a couple of office boys.

Of all the individuals associated with the Firm in its 100-plus year history, Wendell L. Willkie is probably the most famous.  After losing the 1940 Presidential election to incumbent FDR, Willkie accepted Harold Gallagher's offer to join the Firm, and became a partner in April 1941. 

The Firm's name changed to Willkie, Owen, Otis & Bailly, then in 1942 to Willkie, Owen, Otis, Farr & Gallagher.   For more than 60 years thereafter, and to this day, Willkie's name has always appeared first in the Firm's masthead, surpassing the 47 years that William Hornblower held that distinction.

In 1968 the Firm became known as Willkie Farr & Gallagher, its name today, a name it has held longer than any other in its history.


First year associates currently earn $125,000 per year.  All associates in good standing also typically receive a bonus.   Associates are entitled and encouraged to take four weeks of vacation each year.

Willkie offers a salary advance to all incoming associates and reimbursements for moving expenses, bar review courses, bar examination fees and bar association dues.

Other benefits include:
- Clerkship bonus
- MBA bonus
- 12 Weeks paid (and 24 weeks unpaid) maternity leave
- Paternity leave
- Subsidized health and dental insurance (including spouses, same-sex domestic partners and children)
- Life and disability insurance
- Free blackberry device
- Emergency-day care center
- Year round business casual
- Attorney lounge
- Subsidized health club membership
- Free private banking at Citibank or Chase

Updated January 2, 2006


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