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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 452
  • Gross Revenues: $481,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,065,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,210,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is a New York-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has 437 attorneys and is the 101st largest firm in the United States. With $481,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 64th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking. On the 2012 Global 100 survey, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft ranked as the 78th highest grossing law firm in the world. They have offices in New York, London, North Carolina, Washington DC, Texas, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Brussels.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 65 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 65 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 101 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 134 -14 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 113 -4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 102 21 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 95 -2 Summer programs

In the News

Arnold & Porter, Others Make Best Firms for Families List

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : May 29, 2015

The Yale Law Women's survey also credits Cadwalader, Duane Morris, Hogan Lovells, Hunton & Williams, Kirkland & Ellis, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles, Orrick and Wilmer.

Quinn Emanuel Heads to Shanghai, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2015

Litigation giant Quinn Emanuel opens its first office in mainland China; Steptoe & Johnson snags four in Silicon Valley; Dentons follows up on its Newt Gingrich hire with several new additions; and other hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner Leaves for Simmons & Simmons

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : May 20, 2015

The departure of U.S. securities lawyer David Neuville follows the arrival of former Latham & Watkins China partner Michael Liu and a six-lawyer capital markets and transactions team at the firm in January.

Cadwalader Partner Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2015

Mecklenburg County police in North Carolina arrested Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft capital markets partner Robert Ughetta on Sunday, charging him with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer. Ughetta is based in New York and Charlotte.

Gordon Silver's Last Name Partner Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2015

Dickinson Wright hires a name partner from struggling Las Vegas legal mainstay Gordon Silver; Jones Day hires a Kelley Drye & Warren practice leader; Sidley Austin snags two partners in Houston and Singapore; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Greenberg Traurig Grabs Cadwalader Energy Leader

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2015

Gregory Lawrence, the former co-head of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft's renewables practice and head of its energy regulatory group, has joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner in Boston and Washington, D.C. Lawrence came to Cadwalader more than four years ago when the firm announced plans for a Houston office.

Musical Chairs at Squire Patton Boggs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2015

As the one-year anniversary of the firm's creation draws near, several more Squire Patton Boggs partners seek new homes; Baker & Hostetler brings on roughly 30 lawyers from McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of the latter's June 1 merger with Dentons; Boies, Schiller & Flexner bags another federal prosecutor; Greenberg Traurig grows in Poland; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Accounting Firm's Legal Arm Expands in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 13, 2015

EY Legal, the legal services unit of accounting giant Ernst & Young, launches a financial regulatory practice in London with 12 lawyers from two Am Law 100 firms; Foley Hoag opens in New York; a senior Wilmer partner goes in-house; a Cravath partner departs; more machinations at McKenna Long & Aldridge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cravath Bankruptcy Partner Departs for Jenner & Block

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 11, 2015

In a rare lateral move, Richard Levin is leaving Cravath, Swaine & Moore after almost eight years to join Jenner & Block's restructuring practice. Levin was an author of the 1978 U.S. Bankruptcy Code and recently helped save the Detroit Institute of Arts during the Motor City's historic bankruptcy proceedings.

Another Colossal Lateral Mistake

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2015

Most lateral hiring mistakes get shoved under big law firm rugs, but this one won't fit there.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : May 08, 2015

Most Am Law 100 firms had solid results in 2014, but some sector bets paid off especially well.

City Bar Honors Diversity Leaders

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : May 04, 2015

Four private attorneys and a top state administrative judge will be honored by the New York City Bar Association for their work in promoting diversity in their work places and in the legal community as a whole.

A Challenging Year at Cadwalader

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : May 03, 2015

The sudden exit of its future leader plus disappointing financials put The Am Law 100's oldest firm to the test.

McKenna Defections Mount Ahead of Merger, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2015

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

6 Steps for Quick FTC Antitrust Clearance of Pharma Mergers

Andrew Forman, Christian Lorenz and Evan Harris : Corporate Counsel : May 01, 2015

Developing an efficient strategy to deal with the Federal Trade Commission and other antitrust agencies reviewing pharmaceutical transactions has never been more important for companies.

Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

: The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

On average, revenue per lawyer—the metric that we've long regarded as the most reliable measure of a firm's financial health—increased by 3.7 percent at Am Law 100 firms in 2014, reversing a decline of 0.4 percent in 2013.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Superrich Firms Pull Away

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

It was a year of solid gains for The Am Law 100, especially for a burgeoning group of top firms.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

The 2015 Am Law 100: Rich and Richer

: The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's top-grossing law firms.

Top Activist Lawyer Lands on a New Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2015

Morgan Stanley has hired Schulte Roth & Zabel's David Rosewater, co-head of the firm's global shareholder activism practice, to lead its activist defense group. But Rosewater, who previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, won't be fighting Marty Lipton's war.

Founders of Iced Tea Company Settle Suit

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : April 23, 2015

A Long Island judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a settlement between the cofounders of AriZona Iced Tea to help end their seven-year court dispute.

Should Cadwalader Be on Yale Law Women's Top 10 List?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : April 22, 2015

Despite low female partner rates, the firm gets Yale Law Women's top honors.

Litigation

: New York Law Journal : April 13, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "Does Use of Self-Destructing Messages Raise Spoliation Concerns?," "Nature-Based Claims and the Patent-Eligibility Landscape," "Proper Litigation Budgeting Delivers True Value to Clients" and "Handling Foreign Plaintiffs' Requests for Access to U.S. Discovery."

Under ABS Structure, Cahill Makes London Litigation Debut

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2015

Cahill Gordon & Reindel officially launched an English law litigation practice in London after hiring Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly. The announcement comes with a twist: U.K. regulators approved Cahill's application to become the first major U.S. firm in London to be licensed under an alternative business structure.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2015

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

In Menendez Case, Friendship Defense Could Prove Effective

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : April 09, 2015

As the government's case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez moves toward a trial, both sides in the case will be honing arguments about the true meaning of friendship.

Barclays Can't Dodge Ex-Big Law Partner's Bond Scheme Suit

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : April 02, 2015

In a setback for defense lawyers at Shearman & Sterling, Barclays plc this week joined an elite but unhappy club of major banks that have been unable to shake antitrust claims by a onetime partner at Pillsbury, Cadwalader and other firms.

West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson Lays Off Energy Lawyers

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

The energy firm, not to be confused with the international firm of the same name, laid off 32 people, including 14 lawyers. Steptoe & Johnson blamed plummeting oil prices that have impacted numerous law firms to varying degrees.

Declaration of Independence

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

An inspector general continues to demand unfettered access to documents.