Shearman & Sterling


Founded in New York City in 1873 by Thomas Shearman and John William Sterling, Shearman & Sterling has grown into a multinational law firm headquartered in New York City. Our success is built on our clients’ success. We have a long and distinguished history of supporting our clients wherever they do business, from major financial centers to emerging and growth markets. We represent many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and the industries they operate in, our work is driven by their need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.

We have over 850 lawyers around the world speaking more than 60 languages and practicing U.S., English, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law. Nearly half of our lawyers practice outside the United States. Combining legal knowledge with industry expertise, our lawyers provide commercial advice that helps clients achieve their ambitions.

At Shearman & Sterling, we are committed to attracting, retaining and advancing a diverse population of top lawyers and professionals. We understand the importance of embracing cultural and personal differences in order to work successfully in today’s global marketplace. We encourage our lawyers and business services professionals to bring their diverse backgrounds – of different cultures, ethnicities, orientations and beliefs – to Shearman & Sterling and to leverage their unique viewpoints to help tackle the most sophisticated legal matters.

We believe that by providing opportunities for every individual to thrive, we create an environment at Shearman & Sterling where people feel valued, engaged and eager to contribute to the success of our business. As we work to recognize, foster and develop talent at all levels, we enhance the firm and create the strongest possible global platform.


Five Things to Know About This Firm

  1. Founded in 1873
  2. 850+ lawyers around the world speaking more than 60 languages and practicing U.S., English, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA, and Saudi law
  3. Named among the best places to work for LGBTQ equality for 12th year in a row by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation
  4. In 2020, Shearman & Sterling lawyers and staff devoted over 58,000 hours to pro bono matters
  5. Achieved Mansfield Rule Certification by considering at least 30% women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ and lawyers with disabilities for hiring decisions, leadership and governance roles, and partner promotion