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Bingham McCutchen LLP

  • Designation: Boston
  • Head Count: 900
  • Gross Revenues: $872,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $970,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,690,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Bingham McCutchen was formed from the merger of Bingham Dana, a Boston-based law firm with 432 attorneys and McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enerson, a California-based firm. On August 1, 2009, the firm merged with McKee Nelson. The combined firm has approximately 1,100 attorneys as of August 1, 2009. On October 1, 2007, the firm merged with New Tokyo International Law Office, a premier insolvency, corporate and litigation firm of approximately 22 lawyers. With $873,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010, the firm ranked 24th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100. The firm ranked 28th on the 2011 Global 100 survey of revenue worldwide. The pre-merger Bingham Dana, had consistently appeared on the Am Law 100 since 1995. With respect to size, the merged firm was ranked as the twenty-sixth largest in the U.S. by the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, with a total of 901 attorneys working out of offices worldwide. Bingham McCutchen's practice areas include corporate, financial, litigation, and environmental and real estate. McKee Nelson, pre-merger, ranked 152nd on The American Lawyer's 2009 Am Law 200 rankings of law firms by revenue with $162,000,000 in revenue in 2008. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms by size, McKee Nelson had 918 attorneys and is the twenty-sixth largest firm in the United States ranked by attorney count. The firm's office locations include San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Effective May 1, 2007, and January 1, 2006, Bingham McCutchen acquired law firms Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan and Swidler Berlin, respectively.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 26 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 26 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 32 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 55 12 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 122 -32 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 83 22 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

The Churn: Gibson Lands Ropes SF Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Among those switching firms in our latest roundup: a new cochair for Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

IN BRIEF: Apartheid Liability

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A federal judge ruled on April 17 that victims of South African apartheid can seek compensation from three Fortune 100 companies under the Alien Tort Statute, directly contradicting a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling in another case implicating that law. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

DA Taps Dewey Prosecutor To Be Tax Crimes Chief

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Peirce Moser, who is heading the team prosecuting four former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers for financial fraud, has been appointed as chief of the office's Tax Crimes Unit.

Bingham Privacy Partner Jumps to Perkins Coie

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Valley partner James Snell was with Bingham for 20 years.

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Profit Pressure Prompting Firm Leaders to Swing Ax

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Six Am Law 200 firms have now confirmed layoffs of staffers this year.

Next Step for Marriage Equality

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Two federal appellate courts are poised to decide the constitutionality of three state bans against same-sex marriage and move the fundamental question closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pillsbury's $20 Million Man

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Jorge del Calvo powers the firm's Valley corporate practice.

Plaintiffs Cry Foul in Credit Suisse Securities Class Action

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

When damning internal emails were unsealed last month in a securities suit against Credit Suisse, The New York Times wasn't the only one who took notice. Plaintiffs lawyers pursuing a separate mortgage-backed securities class action also snapped to attention, and on Monday they accused Credit Suisse of failing to disclose the documents in their own case.

Casetext's Jake Heller

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The Stanford Law grad is applying crowdsourcing to legal annotation—and it's free.

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

Madoff Feeder Fund Tremont Group Dodges Investor Suit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

The ruling, which also dismisses claims against Tremont parents Oppenheimer and Mass Mutual, is a loss for attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, who based their complaint partly on an exclusive jailhouse meeting with Madoff in 2009.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 31, 2014

A Native American affairs director from the White House moves to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Mayer Brown grabs a Kirkland & Ellis partner in white collar, and Northern Virginia's Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald lost lawyers to a start-up firm.Here's the roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the fourth week of March.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Relocating downtown, Revlon Inc. will be moving its corporate offices to One New York Plaza from 237 Park Ave. Also, Sherwood Equities Inc. has signed two new five-year leases with tech companies Travel Tripper and Virtusa Corporation at 370 Lexington Ave.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

On a Buying Spree, Facebook Turns to Fenwick for $2 Billion Virtual Reality Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Irvine-based Oculus VR tapped Bingham McCutchen for counsel.

Credit Suisse Class Action Ruling Could Spell Trouble for Banks

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyers at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll moved a step forward this week in a securities class action alleging that Credit Suisse duped investors into buying mortgage-backed securities backed by shoddy home loans.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

INADMISSIBLE: Judiciary Hiring Public Defenders Again

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Federal defender offices, which lost approximately 400 employees because of last year's mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, have enough money in this year's budget to begin backfilling most of those positions, court officials said on March 11. Plus more in this week's column.

Bingham Corporate Partner Moves to Pillsbury's Valley Office

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

Governor Announces 16 Nominees For Superior Court

KAREN ALI : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 14, 2014

When people talk about the Sweet 16 this time of year, it's usually a reference to top teams in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament. But this March, the reference can be made to the 16 attorneys nominated by Gov. Dannel Malloy for Superior Court judgeships.

In Search of a Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Puzzle

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

Both online and brick-and-mortar retailers want Congress to pass Internet sales tax legislation—but they can't agree on what the bill should look like.

In Search of a Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Puzzle

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 12, 2014

Tax experts and lawyers for both online and brick-and-mortar retailers on Wednesday urged Congress to pass Internet sales tax legislation—but they couldn't agree on what the bill should look like.

Morgan Lewis Poaches From Bingham in Three Cities

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Bingham McCutchen energy partner Mark Williams, tax partner Daniel Nelson, investment management partner Gerald Kehoe and corporate of counsel Ann Chamberlain are leaving the firm's offices in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. For Bingham, the latest lateral losses come on the heels of the firm's worst financial performance in six years.

Wilmer Beats Ricoh Bid to Undo Kodak Jury Win

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Ricoh and its lawyers at Quinn Emanuel failed Thursday in their attempt to knock out a portion of the $75.8 million the company owes Eastman Kodak Company in a patent licensing dispute.

Arnold & Porter Posts First Gross Revenue Decline in Two Decades

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

For the first time since 1994, Arnold & Porter saw a decline in gross revenue last year, according to our reporting.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Bingham's Worst Drop Yet, as Profits, Revenue Plunge

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Despite seeing his firm register double-digit declines in both gross revenue and profits per partner last year, Bingham McCutchen chair Jay Zimmerman remains bullish on 2014.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Boies, Bingham Clear Hurdle for Oracle in Rimini Street Suit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Bingham McCutchen scored a partial win in Oracle's copyright battle with Rimini Street, a smaller rival that offers low-cost support to Oracle customers.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Gary McConnell joins Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability practice as partner in the Pittsburgh office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Kirkland Seeks $20.7 Billion in Damages From Anadarko

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

There's a $20 billion gulf between what Anadarko and its adversaries think the company should have to pay to resolve a battle over environmental liabilities in the Tronox Inc. bankruptcy.

Litigator of the Week: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Bharara has taken some flack for his choice of targets on Wall Street. But it's hard to argue with his record of insider trading convictions, which now stands at a stunning 79-0.

Bingham's White-Collar Co-Chairman Leaves for Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

Bingham Beats Abu Dhabi Bank's Fraud Case Against Credit Suisse

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank struck out for the second time Tuesday in its bid to revive a lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group AG over a troubled $40 million structured finance transaction.

Fight Escalates Over Return of Sacred Jewish Manuscripts

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

It's been one year since a federal judge in Washington ordered $50,000 daily sanctions against the Russian government for refusing to return thousands of Jewish religious texts seized in the early 20th century. With no resolution in sight, the plaintiffs now want Russia to pay up.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

Google Tops Best Employer List; Firms Trail Behind

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

Fortune has released its list of the top 100 companies to work for in 2014, which includes an office with an official VP of Fun.

Steptoe Said to Be Taking Valley Patent Litigator From King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

MoFo Loses Bid to Topple Patent Law Doctrine

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

A state court gambit in the brawl between Palo Alto Networks and Juniper fell flat before Santa Clara Judge James Kleinberg.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Nine firms announce new partners, while Paul Weiss, Bingham McCutchen and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin each announce a new addition.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Former McCutchen Chair David Andrews, 1941-2013

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

The Score: The Lawyers Who Help Make Bowl Season Happen

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

With college bowl season upon us, The Am Law Daily decided to review the tax filings made by the nonprofits that stage the big-ticket events to determine which law firms have a hand in the festivities.

High Profile Trials

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 27, 2013

Law Technology News wishes you and your families a safe, happy holiday season. As we look forward to the new year, we are reprising some of the best stories of 2013. Ever since we launched Technology on Trial in 2002, it's been a favorite feature. In August, we looked back at some of the most interesting reports-everything from the contentious McCourt "Dodgers" divorce to the Casey Anthony murder trial-that explored the crucial role played by technology. It's fascinating reading!

Texas Trio Take Lead on Xmas Energy M&A Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Vinson & Elkins are advising on two big energy industry deals announced Monday: Regency Energy Partners' nearly $1.3 billion buy of two Texas pipeline systems and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' roughly $1 billion acquisition of two tanker companies that transport crude oil.

Conn. Firms, Offices Name New Partners For 2014

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2013

It's that time of year, when the largest law firm offices in the state roll out their partner promotion announcements, effective Jan. 1. The numbers of partnership offers themselves are not all that revealing: they have for the most part remained steady, or risen or fallen only modestly, this year compared to last.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Six firms have added partners and other announcements.

Ex-A&O, Bingham Partner Gets 17 Years for Child Porn Plea

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Former Allen & Overy and Bingham McCutchen partner Edward De Sear was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and sex trafficking charges. De Sear, who admitted to sexually molesting a young boy in a Brussels hotel in June 2011 after arranging for the youth to travel there from Paris, was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the victims of his various crimes.

Judge Sanctions Bingham in Ex-Associate's Sleep Disorder Suit

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

A California judge has slapped Bingham McCutchen with sanctions for dragging its feet in a discovery tussle with a former associate who says the firm failed to accommodate a sleep disorder that causes her to fall asleep later and wake up later than others.

Judge Sanctions Bingham in Ex-Associate's Sleep Disorder Suit

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 17, 2013

STEM Cells: Leigh Isaacs

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 10, 2013

Sometimes you just have to dive headfirst into new water to grow your career.

Vedder Price Adds Bankruptcy Partner in SF

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 05, 2013

Pennsylvania Firms Not Looking To Move Back-Office Locations

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

From Wheeling to Lexington and Dayton to Tallahassee, U.S. law firms have increasingly looked to move back-office operations to less expensive geographic markets in an effort to save on rent and employee compensation.

Lessons from Apple's E-Books Antitrust Trial

Darren S. Tucker and Zarema V. Arutyunova : Corporate Counsel : January 02, 2013

Apple Inc.'s e-books price fixing case offers several lessons regarding current antitrust enforcement and best practices for in-house counsel.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Sandra Busell joins Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's trusts and estates group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Alejandro Fiuza joins Brown Rudnick's corporate practice group as partner and chairman of the firm's new Latin American practice group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Pepper Hamilton poaches three Goodwin Procter partners to open in Silicon Valley; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr takes a partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Brown Rudnick hires the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen's life sciences practice. .

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Zachary Smith joins Moore & Van Allen's bankruptcy and financial restructuring team as partner in the Charlotte office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

How Pa.'s Investment Management Practice Shrank

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2013

Six years after bringing an investment management practice to Philadelphia-based Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, partner Laura Anne Corsell and of counsel Don E. Felice have left to join Newark-based McCarter & English's Philadelphia office.

Disbarred Litigator, Wife Fight Seizure of Home, Money

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn and Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

Patton Boggs creates a public finance practice with four hires from Edwards Wildman & Palmer; Arnold & Porter loses a partner to Bingham McCutchen; and Fisher & Phillips hires four attorneys from a shuttering firm in Denver. .

Disbarred Litigator, Wife Fight Seizure of Home, Money

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2013

Convicted civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman is fighting to hold onto his home in Venice, Calif., as federal prosecutors move to seize the property along with $300,000 in cash.

Teaching Business Fundamentals of the Legal Marketplace

Madhav Srinivasan and Silvia Hodges Silverstein : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Madhav Srinivasan and Silvia Hodges Silverstein, lecturers in law at Columbia Law School write: Understanding how law firms and the legal industry operate will equip law students with skills and frameworks to effectively navigate through the changing legal industry landscape.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Ten firms announce new additions, among other news.