Shearman & Sterling LLP

As one of the first law firms to establish a presence in key global markets, Shearman & Sterling has led the way in serving clients wherever they do business for more than 140 years.

From major financial centres to emerging markets, the firm has the reach, depth and global perspective necessary to advise clients on their most complex worldwide business needs. Shearman & Sterling is organised as a single, integrated partnership with more than 850 lawyers in more than 20 offices located throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers come from some 75 countries and speak more than 60 languages.

Shearman & Sterling understands its clients’ needs, with an innovative spirit honed over its long history to find creative ways to anticipate and address their problems. Harnessing the intellectual strength and deep experience of its lawyers across the firm’s extensive global footprint, Shearman & Sterling represents many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises. Those clients continue to choose the firm for its distinctive ability to leverage the knowledge and judgement of one of the world’s largest and most accomplished cross-border legal teams – a team ideally situated to counsel clients in this challenging 21st-century global economy. Given the firm’s capabilities, it has attained recognition in a number of legal publications and industry rankings for its work in the United States and internationally across a range of practices areas, including dispute resolution/litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, project finance, public international law, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.

The firm is dedicated to pro bono work and believes it is an essential aspect of every lawyer’s practice. In that spirit, the firm encourages lawyers to work together to affect change for those who need it most. The pro bono practice is multi-jurisdictional, working to address issues around the world. The firm has successfully played a role in settings ranging from a legal clinic for low-income entrepreneurs in San Francisco to Tanzania, where the firm supported the efforts of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2020 Shearman & Sterling lawyers and staff devoted over 58,000 hours to pro bono matters, ranging from assisting low-income veterans to micro-finance and development work for low-income entrepreneurs around the globe.

Shearman & Sterling also has a longstanding diversity and inclusion committee, which designs and implements initiatives to promote awareness and encourage open dialogue on matters of diversity and inclusion. For more than 20 years, the committee has been supporting diversity projects and professional events, both internally and in the broader legal community. Within the firm, diversity and inclusion programming is woven into the professional development curriculum at all levels. It is included in the curriculum for first-year and summer associates, in global associate leadership conferences, as well as in the annual new partner orientations. In addition, the firm’s six associate-led inclusion networks help to foster a sense of community and build awareness through firm-sponsored programmes that serve to educate and inform.

In the legal community, Shearman & Sterling is an active sponsor of organisations and programming that promote the inclusion, advancement and professional development of historically under-represented groups. As such, the firm collaborates with clients, non-profit organisations, bar associations, community groups and pipeline programmes that share the firm’s commitment to helping people of all backgrounds achieve academic and professional excellence. 

Contact details

Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10022-6069
United States

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Other offices

  • Austin TX
  • Menlo Park CA
  • New York NY
  • San Francisco CA