The Firm

Bill Gelnaw, Co-Managing Partner,

John Nadas, Chairman and

Charles Cheever, Co-Managing Partner

  • Dr. Brenda Jarrell and Dr. Charles Lyon were recently named "IP Trailblazers" by The National Law Journal. Read more...

  • Partners, Dr. Brenda Herschbach Jarrell and Melissa Bayer Tearney have received the 2016 Women Worth Watching” award. Read more... 

  • Choate, has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Read more...

  • Three high profile attorneys have joined Choate's Private Equity Group. Read more...

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    We work closely with our registered investment advisor subsidiary Choate Investment Advisors to offer clients complete family office services.  Click here to learn more.

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    Choate ranked No. 1 in The American Lawyer’s 2016 Summer Associate satisfaction survey with perfect scores in each of the nine rating metrics for the third consecutive year.  Summer associates said they were involved in interesting work, performed “real’ work, received exceptional training and guidance and interacted positively with partners and full-time associates.  Choate also earned top scores for communication, accurately portraying itself during the interview process and for the associates’ interest in working there if they were offered a position. Overall, associates unanimously voted Choate as a top place to work.

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    Of the 200 most successful US firms, Choate ranks 8th for Value/Lawyer

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    Over one-third of equity partners and majority of practice areas recognized for excellence.


welcome to choate 

Choate is in some ways similar to most highly successful law firms, but in important other ways we are distinctly different from the vast majority of other major firms. We are proud of these differences and believe they materially benefit our clients and our lawyers.

Choate has been one of the country's premier law firms for over a century.  Our mission is to help important clients capitalize on their most promising opportunities, find solutions to their most pressing problems, and provide exceptional judgment, service and value.  We also maintain as a core value giving back to the community which has given so much to us.

We've chosen to pursue an increasingly unusual business model.  We recruit and develop only the best and brightest, with all of our lawyers and staff under one roof.  We focus on a select group of areas where we practice at the highest level representing clients across the US and internationally.  We have decided not to adopt the highly-leveraged multiple branch office structure many other major firms have embraced.  

Our partners are leaders in their practice areas, actively and directly engaged on client matters and known for their legal skill and business judgment. They work directly with associates to train and develop our next generation of exceptional lawyers.

We offer dedicated, leanly-staffed client teams with direct access to senior trusted advisors who work together every day, from one central location, with a common approach and shared values. Our single office allows us to seamlessly draw on the Firm's collective resources, and promotes teamwork and collaboration within Choate and with our clients.

We have no interest in being one of the world's largest law firms.  We are, and aspire to be, among the very best firms in each of the areas where we practice.  Our focus, talent and depth in our core areas allow us to work on the most complex and sensitive matters and to provide the uniform excellence and cost-effective service which clients rightfully expect.

We are privileged to have many long-standing client relationships.  We are also privileged to create new client relationships each year, with most new clients coming to us after recommendations from existing clients who are "promoters" of the Firm.  

Choate is a place of high energy and high standards.  Whether you are a current client, prospective client or someone interested in joining us, we invite you to explore our site and see what makes Choate special and different.


Thank you for reaching out to contact Choate. Before you send your message, we wanted to make sure you are aware of the following. Please do not send any confidential information in response to this link. Sending an e-mail to Choate does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship, and will not be deemed to disqualify Choate from undertaking any engagement for a current or future client.  Before any attorney-client engagement may be formed, Choate will need to check for possible conflicts of interest, you will need to consider whether you wish to retain Choate as counsel, and we will need to consider whether we wish to accept the potential engagement. In the meantime, Choate reserves the right to represent parties with interests adverse to you.