Why Foley Hoag

What's Foley Hoag all about?

If you want to understand the firm and our personality, take a look at our history. When Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag founded the firm in 1943, they sought to establish a different kind of law firm. They were determined to hire the very best lawyers based entirely on individual merit, a departure from the exclusionary practices common in that era, and to practice in new and exciting areas that more traditional Boston firms were slow to recognize. Today, more than 250 Foley Hoag lawyers practice law at the highest level in business transactions and litigation matters throughout the United States and around the world.

When you take a look at our client list and the type of work we do, you'll discover that Foley Hoag’s commitment to advance and protect its clients’ interests has made it the go-to law firm for a wide array of emerging, middle market, and large-cap companies. Foley Hoag has been at the forefront of dispute resolution, life sciences, technology and intellectual property. We take getting to know our clients' businesses and industries as seriously as knowing the law.

Foley Hoag is an acknowledged regional, national and international dispute-resolution powerhouse.

Our lawyers are equally adept at large-scale complex patent litigation; at defending individuals or entities charged with business crimes, securities violations, or professional liability claims; and at safeguarding the business viability of emerging companies. Our business practice excels in deal-making, bringing market savvy to our clients’ opportunities, and helping clients gain a competitive edge.

Clients choose Foley Hoag for two reasons: (1) our deep understanding of their businesses and industries, and (2) our unparalleled responsiveness and commitment to their success. We are passionate about our singular focus – helping drive a business advantage for our clients.

Why should this matter to you as a law student? Working closely with our clients on innovative solutions brings cutting-edge work assignments to our Associates. If you want to be the most junior member of a 15-lawyer team and handle the same piece of the same type of transaction day after day, this isn't the firm for you. If, however, you look forward to working one-on-one with our lawyers and clients and to facing new and interesting challenges each day, we invite you to consider a career at Foley Hoag.

A Good Fit

One of the first questions any savvy employee-to-be asks, regardless of industry, is about culture: “What is the culture like at your organization?”

At Foley Hoag, our culture is one of the most valuable assets we have, combining intellectual rigor and creativity with a commitment to diversity and community. We think that our Mission Statement says it best: "Within a tradition of collegiality, civility and mutual respect, the firm has a track record of success in taking on the most challenging matters and producing extraordinary results for its clients."

At Foley Hoag, new lawyers add to the diverse environment of the firm, as opposed to merely conforming to the culture they find when they arrive.

Our lawyers are innovative, energetic and entrepreneurial, and we seek people who possess these same traits.

We hire lawyers who have excelled academically, who are motivated and intellectually curious, and whose intelligence, character and creativity will inspire the confidence of clients and colleagues. We want individuals who take initiative, who continually strive to achieve excellence, and who are motivated by a desire to make a difference not only in their profession, but in their community as well.

Several publications and organizations have recognized the strength of our culture, including The American Lawyer, MultiCultural Law Magazine, Law360 and the Human Rights Campaign. Culture was a key reason why we have been included in The American Lawyer’s “A-List” of the top 50 law firms in America, a prestigious grouping of firms based on diversity, pro bono, associate satisfaction, and revenues per lawyer. As the magazine’s editors note of the "A-List" winners, they are the firms “where diversity is an achievement, not a goal; pro bono is an honor instead of a chore; associates are involved and challenged. . .”