Lateral Recruiting

At Kelley Drye, our culture sets us apart.

Why Kelley Drye?

We are proud of our growth from within and are strategic and careful when it comes to lateral growth. Successful laterals are those who share our commitment to having a collegial, respectful, warm workplace. We take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously. The camaraderie among partners and employees at all ranks is second to none. Partners know each other, what they’re working on, and what they do outside of the office. Our culture and environment is particularly beneficial for laterals because from day one you feel the support and know that you are a part of our community.”

Paul Rosenthal

In Their Own Words

Hear from Kelley Drye lateral attorneys about why they joined the firm and how they continue to benefit from the firm’s culture, collaboration, and business development expertise.

Managing Partner Dana Rosenfeld

As a lateral partner myself, I can testify to what a special place Kelley Drye is. I was attracted by the prospect of joining lawyers who are best in their field, and working within a boutique firm culture of camaraderie and respect.”

Partner Becca Wahlquist

For many years, I worked in conjunction with Kelley Drye attorneys representing a co-defendant in a Multi-District Litigation class action, and I was highly impressed with the quality of their advocacy. I joined the firm to collaborate with a team rich in complex class action experience and top-notch regulatory skill.”

Partner Mark Konkel

There are a lot of reasons to like this place, but if you didn’t care about anything else, there’s a tremendous amount of business development opportunity in the firm.”

Partner Kate White

I felt valued from day one. Coming to Kelley Drye from the government, I have been given runway and support as I build my private practice.”

Partner John Foote

Kelley Drye has, for a law firm, an extraordinary culture of honor and kindness. This is a tone set from the top, and is reflected in how the firm esteems its human capital in every role, lawyer and business professional alike. Kelley Drye is also a firm that, across offices and practice groups, actively supports innovation in client service. For lateral candidates looking to build their practice, it’s an exceptional environment.”

Partner Sandy Musumeci

While I was in discussions with Kelley Drye, I talked to people from every office at various levels – both lifers’ and others who lateralled to the firm – and they all conveyed what a warm and collaborative environment Kelley Drye is for legal practice. Every partner I met took a personal interest in my candidacy, and that interest in my integration and professional success has continued since I joined the firm. It was clear the firm was (and continues to be) invested in learning about me.”

Partner Steven Yovits

Coming to Kelley Drye really was the best move I ever could have made – my practice has flourished, and I’m happier here than I have been in any other working environment.”

Partners Bill Jackson and John Gilmour

You never know until you actually go through with it and get into the merged entity, but culturally the fit has been perfect.”

Recruiting Process

Our process is strategic, efficient, and candidate-focused; we are not just interested in what you can do for Kelley Drye, but what we can do for you.

Lateral Integration

A thoughtful integration plan is critical to helping new lateral partners establish a solid platform at Kelley Drye and become a true part of the firm community.

Pro Bono

Kelley Drye has a long history of helping the disadvantaged when they may not have access to or be able to afford legal counsel. This passion for justice and commitment to advocacy helps make a difference in our clients’ lives and in our communities.

The firm’s philosophy towards pro bono service is twofold: We believe it is both the firm’s professional and moral duty to provide legal support to individuals and organizations that impact change for those in need. To achieve these goals, we empower lawyers to pursue pro bono cases that reflect their personal passions and where they can put their legal acumen to best use in the community. As a result, our initiatives are as varied and diverse as the professionals at our firm.

Firm Overview

Kelley Drye is a full service firm with more than 300 lawyers and professionals based in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Parsippany, San Diego, and Stamford. Skilled practitioners in the areas of litigation, regulatory, real estate, corporate, bankruptcy, and beyond combine talents to address the unique complexities of our clients’ legal and business challenges. We are practical in our advice and creative in our approach.

Data scientists and economists from our subsidiary Georgetown Economic Services (GES) focus on the intersection of the law and analytics, helping clients make sense of their data to inform legal and business decisions.

We draw from all of our practices, offices, support services, and networks like GES to provide clients with a team best suited to meet their needs.

Recent Recognition

The firm has received complimentary feedback from clients and accolades from many third-party sources, such as the following:

  • Chambers USA, ten practice areas and 22 Leaders in Their Field,” 2023
  • U.S. News and Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms,” five practice areas National First-Tier, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 60 lawyers, 2024
  • Benchmark Litigation, three 40 and Under List, 2022
  • U.S. Legal 500, 12 practice areas and 55 attorneys, 2023
  • BTI Client Service A-Team, 2022
  • BTI Brand Elite, 2019
  • BTI Honor Roll for Commercial Litigation, 2019
  • CLOC 2020 Legal Innovation in Operations Project, Top Submission
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, perfect score