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Our Firm

Our History

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP formed on January 1, 2017, the result of two well-established Am Law 100 firms — Washington, D.C.-headquartered Arnold & Porter and New York City-based Kaye Scholer — combining their respective strengths to form a nearly 1,000 lawyer global powerhouse with renowned regulatory expertise, sophisticated litigation and transactional practitioners, and leading multidisciplinary practices in the life sciences and financial services industries.

Like the constituent firms that comprise it, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer was born of a desire to provide sophisticated counsel and consummate client service in innovative, value-added ways. Our approach to case development and client success stems from the complementary mix of ideals, independence, and outlooks of our deliberately different founders: Arnold, an iconoclast; Fortas, a technician; Porter, a quintessential "Washington lawyer"; Kaye, a visionary; Scholer, a pragmatist.

Our founders shaped a firm that both uniquely values individual talent and productively channels it in the interests of embracing excellence and promoting premier client service. Today, that legacy remains relevant for businesses and individuals looking to benefit from our vast experience and endless energy. It's a key differentiator for appreciating how we work better together — with our colleagues and with our clients.