A benefit of working at Freshfields is having the opportunity to join a number of strong legal practices.
As a group, we tend to like the difficult and the international headline grabbing work.
We're good at complex, premium and cross-border work. And our large international footprint means our multi-jurisdictional regulatory capabilities are second to none.
In the United States, we concentrate our practices primarily on corporate and finance transactions, antitrust, competition and trade, tax, white collar and complex litigation and international arbitration. Our corporate practice focuses on multi jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, while lawyers in our finance practice have extensive experience in structured finance, project finance, leveraged finance, institutional investment and capital markets.
The firm’s practice groups are organized on a global basis. Cross-border, multi-office teams are the norm at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This creates opportunities for our US lawyers not only in our New York and Washington DC offices, but also in relevant practice groups across Europe and Asia.
Freshfields is strongly committed to the practice of pro bono legal work.
We view pro bono as an invaluable opportunity to give back to our communities, both global and local, in a way that leverages our unique professional skills as lawyers to help people in need.
Our U.S. pro bono work is performed on the same professional basis, and to the same high professional standards, as our work for fee-paying clients. In our last fiscal year, 80% of our U.S. lawyers worked on a pro bono matter, averaging 70 hours per attorney.
Our U.S. pro bono program is managed primarily by U.S. associates with guidance and input from partners and our Global Pro Bono team in London. All U.S. lawyers are encouraged not only to undertake pro bono work, but also to bring to the firm potential opportunities of interest to them. We also welcome and partner with our fee-paying clients on pro bono matters.
Our pro bono work centers on the themes, Access to Justice and Access to Opportunity, and the groups identified in our firm’s Responsible Business commitment. Some recent examples of the work we have done for those groups, often on cross-border matters, include:
We are providing transactional legal advice to a group seeking to erect the first sculpture honoring real women in New York’s famed Central Park, which currently has only statues of fictional women.
Working alongside our colleagues in London, we have advised Save the Children since 2009 on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance issues.
In 2017, we represented five LGBT individuals seeking asylum in the U.S.
We recently filed a class action against the U.S. government to expedite visas for Afghan and Iraqi citizens who helped U.S. troops and allied forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. We filed and ultimately settled a similar case on behalf of a dozen individuals in 2015.
We filed several appellate amicus briefs opposing the so-called “travel ban” orders affecting certain Muslim-majority countries. The Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals cited our briefs in their opinions.
Underprivileged and under-represented
Our associates represented a dozen federal inmates around the country in remedial parole hearings, after the inmates had the wrong parole standards applied to them for 15 years.