Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

The litigation practice has been bolstered in recent

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industry and the landmark marriage equality case in 2015. The litigation practice has been bolstered in recent years by a strong government enforcement group, which has made a name for itself with high-profile anti-corruption work in China, including leading an internal investigation for GlaxoSmithKline. The firm also secured a favorable resolution in the prosecution of former BP engineer Kurt Mix relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with the government dropping all obstruction of justice charges against him. Its IP matters range from touch-screens for video games to patents covering high-performance computer chips, and computer-driven annuities, and Ropes & Gray has been recognized by leading publications for its achievements. Recently the firm won high-stakes patent cases for Apple and Samsung at the appellate level. As Ropes’ litigation practices boom, its private equity practice continues to push forward. Led by partner and firm chairman Brad Malt—who founded the firm’s private equity group— Ropes & Gray has built up a strong leveraged buyout practice, in addition to impressive financial services and asset manage- ment practices. The firm’s private equity clients include many of the world’s largest private equity firms, including Audax Group, Bain Capital, Berkshire Partners, KarpReilly, HIG Capital, TPG Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners, TSG Consumer Partners, Silver Lake Partners, and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The firm is counsel for more than 1,000 mutual funds (or their directors). Ropes & Gray is also among the top firms in structuring IPOs, representing both issuers and many of the leading underwriters. Pro Bono Pros In addition to the impressive variety of its practices, Ropes & Gray is devoted to carrying on its tradition of pro bono work and community service. Associates and partners work in a range of areas—including child abduction cases, housing and homelessness, voting rights, nonprofit incorporation, immigra- tion, and asylum—and for a variety of organizations—such as Immigration Equality, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Accion, Human Rights First and Veterans Consortium. High- impact opportunities from the past year included the firm’s role arguing for marriage equality at the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges , and the historic resolution of a multi-year class action litigation that sparked meaningful prison reform at New York City’s Rikers Island jails. The firm recently engaged in a global effort to combat human trafficking, involving law- yers in Hong Kong, London, and the United States. Associates tempted by a life of public service can take a break from the corporate grind and diversify their skill set by participating in secondments such as through the District Attorney’s Office Assistant DA Program, through which Ropes associates work as special assistant district attorneys for six months, or a six- month externship in the housing unit of a legal services agency.
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