Lateral Look: Vedder Price

With one eye on expansion and another on “human connection,” Vedder knows the price of “staying true to core values.”

Vedder Price Lateral Profile 2023

With its largest office being based in Chicago, it was no surprise to hear associates tell us the firm’s hefty pedigree in the Windy City was a big draw factor – but delve deeper and you’ll quickly find qualities mirrored across the firm’s six US offices. Alongside Chicago, Vedder Price’s offices in New York, DC, San Francisco, LA, and Dallas all play key roles in bumping the firm’s confetti of practices. Vedder Price holds a glittering array of Chambers USA rankings on its resume, most notably for its transportation practices including top rankings in aviation finance and maritime finance, alongside registered funds across the States. High rankings in California for labor & employment,and employee benefits and media & entertainment litigation in Illinois are also worth a shout-out, but rest assured the firm is no slouch in other aspects of its practice, driven by a well-established culture and opportunities for juniors outside of client billables.  

View the firm’s Chambers USA rankings

Read the firm’s Inside View feature on junior associate life

Why did you join your firm? Associates say…

“Size, compensation, partnership track/structure, reputation, people.”

“Sophistication of work; market-leading practice for my practice area; compensation level.”

“Big law credentials, small firm feel, sophisticated litigation opportunities.”

“Opportunities to grow a practice group, welcoming atmosphere, opportunity to be more than just another associate.”


Career Development & the Path to Partnership



0.9 : 1


partners made in 2022

associate : partner gearing

of associates intend to make partner




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children felt partnership was achievable at the firm agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders



  Hours & Compensation





billable hours

average number of vacation days associates took in one year

average number of hours associates worked in one week




agreed they had a good work-life balance

said the benefits package makes the workload worthwhile

found the bonus allocation fair and transparent



1st year: $205,000

2nd year: $210,000

*The firm does not disclose salaries beyond this point.


 Is Vedder Price the right firm for you?




were happy in their current role

     agreed the work is interesting

We asked survey respondents what stands out about the firm’s culture?

“There is no expectation that you're working 24/7. People seem to care about and respect personal time.”

“No matter how busy, everyone is willing to give their time to answer questions and help develop associates. Also, the fact that the support staff have been around for years, and many, decades, speaks volumes.”

“How approachable the partners are. Most of my work comes directly from partners and I enjoy being able to learn from them while I work with them.”


 Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing





reported strong performance in inclusivity training

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse

 Pro Bono




average pro bono
per US attorney    

    agreed the firm is committed to pro bono


Pro bono highlights: National Immigrant Justice Center; KIND: Kids In Need of Defense (immigration); The Human Trafficking Legal Center; Chicago Volunteer Legal Services; Public Counsel's Center for Veterans Advancement



Learn more about opportunities at the firm

Recruitment contact: Pamela Masters, Legal Recruiting Manager, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas offices

Elise Rippe, Legal Recruiting Manager, New York, Washington, DC, London, Singapore and Miami offices