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2001: Voted number one in client service and customer satisfaction in a survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group. Advises Kellogg Company in its purchase of Keebler Foods. 14 billion sale of Beringer Wines of California to Australian beer maker Foster’s Brewing Company. Advises on antitrust issues related to the $160 billion merger between AOL and Time Warner. 7 billion merger with Elf Acquitane—resulting in the world’s fourth largest oil company. > 1998: Advises on antitrust matters related to AT&T’s $44 billion acquisition of Tele-Communications.

Throughout its history, the firm has nurtured ties with the entertainment industry, at first representing such icons as Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby and more recently taking on clients like Fox Entertainment and Walt Disney. In the past decade, the firm has maintained a high profile in the media through its involvement in the Exxon Valdez oil-spill case, its defense of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee against charges of espionage, and the publication of senior partner and former Clinton secretary of state Warren Christopher’s book, Chances of a Lifetime, which remained on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list for seven weeks.

Insiders say that the interview is informal and focuses on the candidate’s personality, social skills, and articulateness. Once hired, new associates attend a formal training session at the Chicago office, and then are placed directly into a department to start hands-on work. It is best to have an idea of which area you would like to work in. Otherwise, you might get staffed to a department that doesn’t suit your interests. Approximately 90 percent of summer associates are offered a permanent position.

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