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DataArnold & Porter. Lawyers: 540.Number of offices: 5 (London is only foreign office). Managing partner: James Sandman.HistoryThe firm was founded in 1946. It has a long history of antagonising – it has represented an usual mix of clients, from Black Panthers to tobacco giant Philip Morris. The firm has an impressive corporate practice and is also well-known for its pro bono work. Practice areasThe firm has a large corporate practice and has often handled the antitrust concerns related to large mergers. The firm is respected for its bankruptcy practice and has represented Mission Insurance and Guinness. Its product liability practice has been a particularly lucrative area for the firm. Perhaps the area Arnold & Porter is most proud of is its pro bono practice. In 1999 it was named pro bono firm of the year by the District of Columbia Bar.Getting in the firm is fairly selective and puts a premium on top law schools.CultureOne associate said: “Many of the partners are rather eccentric – though brilliant. For example Harry Katz is a Star Wars fanatic who wears Luke Skywalker ties and displays a larger-than-life Darth Vader in his office.” Another associate said: “Everyone likes to think of themselves as ‘anti-big firm people’, which is kind of ironic.” RetentionOne lawyer said: “We are bleeding at the mid-range level like crazy.” Another explained why: “A lot of people come to the firm because of its commitment to public service and they will leave after two or three years to pursue public service.”Partnership track Insiders say that those who stay at the firm have a good chance of making partner.Diversity All told, the firm’s associates give their firm high marks for diversity. One associate said: “They put their money where their mouth is and there is lots of minority recruiting.”

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