About Pillsbury

Pillsbury is a leading international law firm with 700+ lawyers located around the world.  The firm has been recognized as one of the Most Innovative Law Firms by Financial Times three years running, and is one of the 25 law firms most frequently recommended by general counsel according to a 2016 BTI Consulting Group survey. Our lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approaches, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their unsurpassed commercial awareness. That’s why Pillsbury leads AmLaw 100 firms with the 12th-highest percentage of Chambers-ranked lawyers.

Diversity

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.

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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.

Women

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.

Pro Bono and Community

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.

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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.

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History

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.