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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

Morning Wrap: Telecom Litigators Could Benefit from Net Neutrality

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 26, 2015

The next steps after the FCC's proposal on net neutrality, and an explainer on how criminal law regarding marijuana possession in the District of Columbia changes today: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 26, 2015

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.'s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion. Latham & Watkins advised on the most number of deals, with four, while Sullivan & Cromwell led the way in terms of transaction value.

Big Deals

Alex Veiga : The Associated Press : February 26, 2015

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has agreed to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for about $10 billion in cash.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

Lateral moves at D.C. firms.

UNC-Chapel Hill Turns to Skadden for Ongoing Litigation

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 23, 2015

A Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom team led by litigation partner Patrick Fitzgerald will represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in litigation, accreditation and regulatory matters resulting from a 2014 investigation by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft attorneys that revealed two decades of academic fraud at the university.

Greenberg Traurig Grows in Chicago, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 22, 2015

A Chicago boutique is absorbed by Greenberg Traurig; a Gibson Dunn practice leader heads out on his own; Sidley Austin and Steptoe & Johnson each add a trio; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 18, 2015

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

NYLJ's Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015

: New York Law Journal : February 13, 2015

The New York Law Journal's Diversity Initiative Project 2015 recognizes commitment to creating a diverse legal community and sustained efforts to reach that goal.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has hired Richard Tarlowe, former head of the complex frauds and cybercrime unit of the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office, as counsel in its litigation department, among other moves and promotions.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

A Missed Opportunity to Diversify the State Bench in New York

George C. Chen : New York Law Journal : February 03, 2015

George C. Chen writes: Asian Pacific Americans have been rising through the ranks of the legal profession in increasing numbers, but even as we achieve these new heights, we continue to need the support and commitment of elected officials and the electorate in order to ensure diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, particularly in the judiciary.

DOJ Inspector General Says Access to Information is Stymied

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : February 03, 2015

Faced with FBI stonewalling and lack of prompt access to documents, U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House oversight committee on Tuesday that his ability to do his job is being impeded.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Cadwalader's Partner Profits Take a Hit

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft saw profits per partner decline by 15.3 percent in 2014 while gross revenue remained flat. Revenue per lawyer was down by 3.2 percent. At the same time, attorney head count climbed by 3.4 percent.

Partnership

: New York Law Journal : February 02, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: We analyze trends in new partner promotion numbers, and provide insightful articles discussing how to create value with technology, the opportunities of diversity, the importance of company culture, achieving growth through practice diversification, and being a leader from the front line.

Three Firms on $1B Investment in Xiaomi

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015

A consortium led by Hong Kong-based All-Starts Investment has valued the Chinese smartphone maker at $45 billion, making it the most valuable private technology company in the world.

Latham Bags Four to Bolster IP, Private Equity Groups

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

A month after seeing its longtime leader retire, Latham & Watkins lured four key partners to its ranks in Germany and Washington, D.C., with raids on Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance and noted IP litigation shop Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Polsinelli's Super Bowl Shuffle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2015

Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Litigators of the Week: Michael Dowd and Jason Forge of Robbins Geller

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2015

Pfizer Inc. and a phalanx of defense lawyers spent five years trying to defeat an investor class action related to off-label drug marketing. But Robbins Geller kept the case alive until a looming trial pressured the drug maker to cut a $400 million deal.

Tough Times for Lawyers on Campus

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2015

The job of in-house counsel at colleges and universities is a lot more challenging these days, as the legal issues on campus multiply and grow increasingly complex.

Grewal Scraps Acacia Subsidiary Suit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2015

"We lost a round today, but we certainly did not lose the fight," Acacia Research CEO Matt Vella told investors Wednesday.

Latham Hires From Freshfields in Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2015

The Los Angeles-based firm brings on partner William Woo following the loss of a seven-lawyer corporate team.

After Two Years at Cadwalader, Woolery Leaves for Hedge Fund

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft announced Tuesday that James Woolery, who had been poised to become the storied Wall Street firm's chair this month after spending nearly two years as chairman-elect, would leave to cofound a new investment venture. Patrick Quinn, Cadwalader's managing partner-elect since January 2014, will assume sole leadership of the firm that hired Woolery from JPMorgan Chase as its highest-paid partner.

Hedge Funds Add Top Talent, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Kirkland & Ellis saw a pair of leading M&A partners depart for new roles on the business side; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Willkie Farr; Skadden snags a leading trusts and estates lawyer; Squire Patton Boggs adds a retired Utah congressman; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Discipline Voided for Prosecutors

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

Top U.S. Department of Justice lawyers violated agency policy in disciplining two prosecutors for ethics breaches in the botched case against the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a federal board ruled this month.

Fahey Named to Fill Court of Appeals Vacancy

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2015

Justice Eugene Fahey, of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's choice to fill a seat on the Court of Appeals opened by the Dec. 31 retirement of Robert Smith.

Suspensions Voided for Two Ted Stevens Prosecutors

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 13, 2015

Top U.S. Department of Justice officials violated policy in suspending two prosecutors involved in the botched case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the Merit Systems Protection Board ruled this month in declaring the discipline invalid.

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.