The 2012 Global 100: Revenue Per Lawyer


Revenue per lawyer among the highest-grossing Global 100 firms averaged $830,000 in 2011. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is at the top of this chart with an RPL over $2 million. Twenty other firms topped the $1 million mark. American firms represent nine of the top ten, and 34 out of the top 35 firms on this list. Slaughter and May is the highest-ranking non-American firm, coming in at number three. Only four other non-American firms made the top 50: Freshfields, Linklaters, McCarthy Tétrault, and Clifford Chance.

Revenue per lawyer is calculated by dividing gross revenue by the number of lawyers. Figures for U.S. firms were obtained from the 2012 Am Law 100. Figures for European firms come from Legal Week, our partner on this project. Australian and Canadian firms were surveyed directly. Click here for more on the methodology used to create this and other charts in the Global 100 package.

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1 Merged with Freehills to form Herbert Smith Freehills in October 2012. Results are for Herbert Smith premerger.
2 Ashurst and Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia) merged their Asian operations in March 2012 ahead of a proposed global merger in 2014.
3 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal joined with Denton Wilde Sapte in September 2010 to form the SNR Denton verein.
4 Merged with Herbert Smith to form Herbert Smith Freehills in ­October 2012. Results are for Freehills premerger.
5 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey joined with Hammonds to form the Squire Sanders verein in January 2011.
6 Joined with Ogilvy Renault and Deneys Reitz in June 2011 and with MacLeod Dixon in January 2012. Norton Rose was designated as U.K. for home country (the firm was founded in and managed from the United Kingdom) even though the biggest concentration of lawyers is in Canada.
7 Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia) and Ashurst merged their Asian operations in March 2012 ahead of a proposed global merger in 2014.
8 Mallesons Stephen Jaques joined with King & Wood to form the King & Wood Mallesons verein in March 2012. Results are for legacy operation only.

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