The Am Law 100 2010 -- Value Per Lawyer (VPL): Wachtell Still on Top


Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz continues to lead our Value Per Lawyer (VPL) rankings. The firm has held the top slot each year since this metric was introduced six years ago.

A firm’s VPL is its Compensation–All Partners (CAP) divided by its head count. The metric is intended to calculate how much, on average, each of a firm’s lawyers contributes to total partner compensation. We express this two ways: as a dollar amount and as the number of lawyers needed to generate $10 million in partner compensation. At Wachtell, for instance, each lawyer contributes an average of $1.6 million to partner compensation, and it takes an average of 6.25 lawyers to generate $10 million.

For more on Our Methodology and footnotes,  click here.

Purchase the electronic version of the 2010 Am Law 100 with information and details from ALM Legal Intelligence by visiting or by calling 1-888-770-5647. 
This text is replaced by the Flash movie.

Welcome to ALM. You have read 0 out of 0 free articles this month

Get 2 months of unlimited access FREE

What's being said

Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here.

Preparing comment abuse report for Article #1202430093696

Thank you!

This article's comments will be reviewed.