Press Release 08.01.18
New Office Establishes on-the-Ground Presence in One of the World's Leading Technology Markets
Pillsbury is an international law firm with offices around the world, and a particular focus on the technology, energy & natural resources, financial services, real estate & construction, and travel, leisure & hospitality sectors. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top 20 firms for client service, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their unsurpassed commercial awareness. That’s how we have achieved the 13th-highest percentage of Chambers-ranked lawyers among all AmLaw 100 firms.
Pillsbury brings innovation to more than just its legal work. That same pioneering vision directs our diversity initiatives. Among the first major law firms to promote women to partnership and the first large, national firm in the U.S. to elect a woman as its top leader, Pillsbury earned the 2017 Law Firm of the Year Award from Chambers Women in Law for furthering women’s career progression. Today, diversity is widespread in firm leadership; attorneys of color, women attorneys and LGBT attorneys lead our practices and offices and serve on influential firm committees. Year after year, Pillsbury’s inclusion efforts are recognized by Vault.com, the National Association of Female Executives and the Human Rights Campaign, among other organizations, and the firm has been named to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list for 12 consecutive years.
We have cultivated an inclusive and collaborative environment in which Pillsbury lawyers and staff can build their careers, develop their practices and “bring their whole selves” to work. The firm has a longstanding commitment to equality, demonstrated most recently by our role in co-authoring pro bono amicus briefs in California’s historic same-sex marriage case, In re Marriage Cases, and in the landmark Hollingsworth v. Perry case that made same-sex marriage legal in California. The firm also helped an employee in its Nashville operations center become a lead plaintiff in Tanco v. Haslam, one of the four cases upon which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 2015 Obergefell decision that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Pillsbury is proud to be a proving ground for accomplished women lawyers. We were one of the first major law firms to promote a woman to partnership, and we were the first large, national firm to be led by a woman. These progressive decisions have yielded generations of women leaders and stakeholders including the women who are proving themselves today.
To learn more, see factsheet Where Women Strive and Thrive.
Affordable housing. Civil liberties. Advocacy for victims of abuse. Voting rights. Our pro bono caseload is as varied as our lawyers’ interests. One of our marquee pro bono results in 2016 was the United States Supreme Court decision in Voisine v. United States, in which the justices followed the reasoning of our amicus brief to limit gun ownership by domestic violence offenders. Another was a settlement for the benefit of disabled New Yorkers seeking to use the city’s Access-a-Ride shuttle service. Our community service initiatives have included coaching high school mock trial teams, walking 10Ks to raise money for medical research and rebuilding playgrounds.
We also donate to numerous organizations through local office initiatives and through the Pillsbury Foundation, which was established to make special contributions above the firm’s normal charitable giving. Foundation gifts in 2015 included funding to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake and the catastrophic flooding in Texas, as well as the provision of up to $10,000 per office to support charities that feed the hungry in our local communities. In response to the horrific mass murder at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the foundation made a major gift to Equality Florida.
Pillsbury has evolved in a hyper-competitive market without sacrificing our culture. We serve sophisticated clients on challenging assignments with the collegiality of a true partnership.
Pillsbury’s fully integrated, global platform allows us to work seamlessly across our offices and respond to client needs immediately almost anywhere in the world.
Chief Operating Officer
Our Nashville operations center plays a critical role in Pillsbury’s success, providing top-quality support to our lawyers around the globe.
Chief Human Resources Officer
From our most senior partner to the newest member of our support staff, everyone at Pillsbury takes pride in being responsive, proactive and solution-minded.
Chief Information Officer
Our investments provide an exceptional platform for supporting clients through technology, and our Information Governance framework ensures exceptional efficiency and information integrity.
When our FinTech, Payments & Blockchain practice was hailed by Delaware’s governor as “the gold standard” for its work in the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, it was merely the latest example of Pillsbury playing a central role in the advancement of groundbreaking technologies. From its founding in the 1800s, the firm has stayed at the forefront of innovation. Be it with the first telephone lines, the first nuclear energy practice, or the first trademark for a dotcom, Pillsbury has guided clients through economic and societal transformations throughout our history.
Helped AT&T’s predecessor install the first telephone wires on city streets, the beginning of our long-standing client relationship.
We incorporated the predecessor to Chevron.
We enforced the first patent for an X-ray machine used in the treatment of cancer.
We launched the nation's first nuclear energy practice.
We advised on the formation of Intel Corporation.
At the dawn of the Internet age, we registered the first trademark for a dotcom.
We facilitated a $1 billion carbon-capture project.
We helped protect the rights for a cancer drug worth $1.9 billion in annual sales.
Completed financing for the Wharf, a 3.2 million square-foot waterfront development along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River valued at $2 billion.