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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 437
  • Gross Revenues: $481,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,100,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,610,000
  • 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 64 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 64 -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

Cadwalader Leads Probe Behind UNC's Grading Scandal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 23, 2014

Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S. Justice Department official and chair of the white-collar defense and investigations practice at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, headed an eight-month investigation that revealed nearly two decades of academic fraud involving thousands of students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, many of whom were college athletes.

Iced Tea Empire Valued at $2B in Partnership Dispute

Julie Triedman : The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

The co-founders of the AriZona brand wage an epic legal battle about how much the company was worth.

First-Year Associates Handbook

: New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Managing Your BigLaw Career From the Start," "Lean In, But Don't Blend In," "Using PR to Lay a Foundation for Success" and "Basic Principles Make Exceptional Attorneys."

Cadwalader Hails Nobel Prize-Winning Pro Bono Client Malala Yousafzai

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 14, 2014

The firm has represented Yousafzai since 2012, when it helped her negotiate and establish The Malala Fund while she was still hospitalized in England after an assassination attempt by the Taliban.

Judge Sets AriZona Cofounder's Stake at $1 Billion

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 14, 2014

After nearly seven years of litigation, a state judge in Mineola, N.Y., ruled Tuesday that the cofounder of the company that makes AriZona iced tea owes his former business partner about $1 billion for his ownership share in the company.

Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

The city's once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here's why.

Four Firms Grab Roles on Gentiva's Kindred Combination

Wenxiong Zhang and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Gentiva Health Services, one of the nation's largest home health care and hospice companies, will be absorbed into Kindred Healthcare in a $1.8 billion cash, stock and debt deal that will create the country's largest rehabilitation and hospice services provider. Cleary Gottlieb, Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Traurig and Weil have landed lead roles on the transaction.

Fee Tracker: Bingham, Fried Frank Bag Old Mutual IPO Roles

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Initial public offerings for such companies as British insurer Old Mutual's Boston-based asset management arm and Royal Bank of Scotland-backed Citizens Financial helped fill the coffers of firms such as Bingham, Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk and Fried Frank while Detroit's bankruptcy continued to be a boon to Jones Day and Honigman. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to examine $4.1 million in Baker Botts bankruptcy fees in our latest look at notable legal billings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Tort Claimants Lack Priority Over Creditors in Explosion Suit

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 24, 2014

Tort claimants seeking damages against Caribbean Petroleum Corp. do not have priority over the company's unsecured creditors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2014

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Freshfields Poaches Fried Frank Capital Markets Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2014

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. The moves are the latest high-profile lateral hires by Freshfields in the U.S.

Key Bingham Group Mulling Move Amid Merger Talks

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : September 08, 2014

James Roome, a London-based managing partner, global financial restructuring cochair and executive board member at Bingham McCutchen, could lead an overseas exodus of international partners from the firm should it push forward with merger talks with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Roome's potential departure from Bingham would be a huge blow to the firm, which recently revamped its leadership structure and compensation system after a tough year financially in 2013.

Lure of the Legal Giants, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 07, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Norton Rose Fulbright and Squire Patton Boggs all experienced churn to their robust partnership ranks in the first week of September; a high-profile in-house lawyer joins Ballard Spahr as a Bingham McCutchen partner heads the other way; and Milbank brings on a top federal prosecutor in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

No Escape for Banks in Credit Default Swap Antitrust Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : September 04, 2014

Institutional investors represented by Quinn Emanuel and Pearson, Simon & Warshaw cleared a major hurdle on Thursday, when a judge refused to toss most of a multibillion-dollar class action targeting top international investment banks.

$2.7 Bil. Pharmaceutical Merger Challenged Over Tax Inversion

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 03, 2014

A Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. shareholder has filed a Delaware Court of Chancery lawsuit seeking to enjoin the drug manufacturer's $2.7 billion merger with an Irish affiliate of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals SpA.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

Survey: New Firm Leaders Differ from Their Predecessors

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

Incoming leaders are older than their predecessors and less interested in managing full time.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

Reynolds American/Lorillard; General Electric/Alstom; Salix/Cosmo Technologies; Nook Spinoff

The Careerist: Gossip and News

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : August 22, 2014

All the gossip and shallow news fit for August.

Simpson Thacher Raids Weil in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 22, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges debt capital markets partner Gil Strauss has decamped for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London; Bank of America adds an Akin Gump partner; a Debevoise & Plimpton partner joins the U.S. State Department; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fee Tracker: Cooley Law, Bridgegate and Monkey Selfie

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 21, 2014

Miller Canfield reaps big bucks from the rebranded Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Gibson Dunn's legal bills in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal break the $6 million mark; a look at what a trio of trade organizations are paying a handful of Am Law 100 firms and the Wikimedia Foundation's simian copyright campaign.

Litigation Funding Still a Frontier 30 Years Later

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : August 14, 2014

Litigation funding is a seemingly growing business. It's also one that, since its emergence in the 1990s, has been controversial and remains largely unregulated.


: The National Law Journal : August 11, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : August 01, 2014

Five firms announce new additions, including Jason Halper joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as co-head of its financial institution litigation practice.

'Troice' Has Important Risk Management Implications

Thao Do and James Walker : New York Law Journal : July 31, 2014

Thao Do and James Walker, partners at Richards Kibbe & Orbe, discuss (i) the implications of 'Troice' for third-party advisors with respect to aiding and abetting claims in class actions and (ii) how law firms can limit increased exposure to third-party liability.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 22, 2014

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : July 21, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : July 18, 2014

The Managing Attorneys and Clerks Association Inc. has elected Maura McLoughlin as the association's next president; JAMS neutral Ariel Belen has received the 2014 Kobak Award; the Westchester Women's Bar Association has installed as its 22nd president Lucia Chiocchio, and other news.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.