IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
- - Financial Information
- - Compensation
- - Billing Rates
- - Lateral Partner Moves
- - Pro bono
- - Key Contacts
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
- Designation: Atlanta
- Head Count: 387
- Gross Revenues: $314,500,000
- Revenue Per Lawyer: $815,000
- Profits Per Partner: $1,045,000
- Year Over Year Change: 1
Founded in Atlanta in 1924, Sutherland grew to distinction on one big insight: whatever else corporate clients might want, theyd always need sophisticated tax advice, both in the south and in Washington, D.C., where the firm opened in 1937. Two of its partners went on to head the IRS and over time the firm spread its reach to add a broad menu of big firm services including: corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation and real estate. It also offersrather uniquely among the Am Law 100a crisis management team, to help clients respond to emergencies stemming from external disasters or internal problems.
Despite its early expansion to Washington, Sutherland counts just five offices including small outposts in New York and Houston. The firm has worked to maintain a cohesive culture. Sutherland did take a hit during the recession, seeing its revenues drop by some $20 million between 2007 and 2009 (a fair chunk of its then $289 million revenue). And its lawyer roster also contracted during that time, decreasing by some 50 lawyers (some of whom had been laid off by Sutherland in April 2008). But by the end of 2010, revenue and profits had recovered.
On diversity, Sutherland lags far behind the industry leaders. It ranked 140th of 194 firms on The American Lawyers 2011 Diversity Scorecard: Just 10 percent of the firms roughly 400 lawyers (and less than 5 percent of the partnership) are minorities. Pro bono work comes in around the average.
Sutherland ranked 105th of 200 firms on our 2011 Pro Bono Report, with attorneys averaging some 33 hours of nonpaying work. But progress may be apace when it comes to junior lawyers satisfaction. Sutherland ranked in the bottom half of firms on The American Lawyers 2010 Midlevel Associates Survey, but finished in the top third in 2011.
Updated as of 1/1/12
|Survey||Rank||Year Over Year Change||Description|
|Am Law 100||98||1||Gross revenue|
|Am Law 200||98||1||Gross revenue|
|NLJ 250||116||no change||Lawyer head count|
|The A-List||NR||N/A||Overall excellence|
|Pro Bono Scorecard||105||56||Pro-bono commitment|
|Diversity Scorecard||120||no change||Minority head count|
|Midlevel Associates Survey||38||32||Job satisfaction|
|Summer Associates Survey||44||34||Summer programs|
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Monica Bay : Law Technology News : May 20, 2013
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