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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

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 10, 2016

Dechert, Cadwalader, Phillips Nizer and Hughes Hubbard & Reed each announce a new addition.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Venable Crosses $1M Partner-Profit Threshold

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : February 08, 2016

Venable co-managing partner Lindsay Meyer talks up the firm's slow and steady approach to growth. Yet again in 2015—for the third year in a row—Venable's revenue grew much faster than the wider legal industry. Gross revenue, at $477 million last year, increased by 7.9 percent compared to the previous year's $442 million. Revenue per lawyer increased by almost 2 percent, from $785,000 to $800,000. And profits per partner jumped almost $100,000, from $970,000 to $1.06 million.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Continue to Slide at Cadwalader

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2016

Gross revenue and partner profits both took a hit in 2015.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2016

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015

James Schroeder : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Twenty-five of last year's most notable and intriguing lateral moves.

Legal Malpractice in Defending Civil Actions

Anita Bernstein : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2016

Anita Bernstein writes that the Appellate Division departments impose stringent criteria for the breach element when clients complain about malpractice in criminal defense, but for civil-defense lawyers, a wider range of misbehaviors will suffice.

K&L Gates Going Gangbusters, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2016

After a series of lateral losses, K&L Gates hits the ground running with some new hires to start 2016; Dickstein Shapiro's departures mount; Fried Frank launches a London restructuring practice and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2016

Harris Beach has opened a second office, Albany Law School has a new associate dean for strategic initiatives and information systems, and several firms and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's office announce promotions.

Bronx DA Builds Staff With Two Appointments

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2016

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark is bringing in a former judicial colleague and a former clerk to hold key positions on her staff.

For Chancery Court, Advancement, Appraisal Key Questions of Year

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 30, 2015

Among some of the influential decisions to come out of the Delaware Court of Chancery in 2015 were a spate of rulings that refined the way the court approaches the always-hot issues of advancement and appraisal.

Arms Race: Law Firms and the Litigation Funding Boom

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : December 30, 2015

Deep-pocketed litigation funders are throwing investor dollars into lawsuits, raising questions about ethics and the specter of regulation.

Star Clients, Bold Headlines: Litigators' Intriguing Cases

Am Law Daily Staff : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Celebrity clients and high-profile cases come with the territory when you're one of the nation's top litigation teams. Here are headline-grabbing suits from among 108 contest submissions for our Litigation Department of the Year awards.

Client Confidential

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 21, 2015

How to win clients in Asia—and keep them happy.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Grab Seat for Alibaba's Movie, Media Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : December 17, 2015

Amid megadeals poised to create DowDuPont and Newell Brands, several firms grabbed roles on a pair of transactions announced by Chinese Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Boutiques Bolt on Am Law Alums, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two boutiques recruit from their larger brethren; Baker & McKenzie and Mayer Brown make notable additions in Europe; in-house opportunities lure two Skadden lawyers; the door spins at Haynes and Boone; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

A Few More Women Join the New Partner Ranks

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 30, 2015

One-third of lawyers promoted to partner this year were women, a study finds.

AG's Tax Fraud Case Against Sprint Is Allowed to Proceed

Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. : New York Law Journal : November 19, 2015

In their New York Court of Appeals Roundup, Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. discuss a case in which the court determined the Attorney General sufficiently alleged tax fraud claims against a wireless telecommunications service provider, a case in which the court found a law firm was entitled to summary judgment on a malpractice claim arising from its mortgage securitization advice, and more.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : November 17, 2015

Six firms announce new hires, and Kenyon & Kenyon partner John Kenny has been named an administrative patent judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

A Holland & Knight Partner Heads to Cambodia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : November 02, 2015

A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fee Tracker: Cable Bills, TV Ads and Air Bags

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2015

Four Am Law 200 firms rack up fees ahead of Time Warner Cable's merger with Charter Communications; a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate and its lawyers look at spending on legal ads; and other notable bills from Big Law.

Skadden, Cadwalader Snag Slice of UNC's Mounting Legal Fees

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

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Monday that it has paid nearly $7.6 million in fees over the past year to two Am Law 100 firms, a leading midsize firm specializing in collegiate investigations and a public relations agency in the fallout from its academic fraud scandal.

Hedge Fund Hires From Davis Polk, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Stone Ridge Asset Management recruits a Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner to be its new head of legal; McKenna Long's former cybsecurity co-chair finds a new home; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Showed Due Diligence in Advising Client, Ruling Concludes

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 23, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft exercised due diligence while advising an investor about securitized commercial mortgage loans, the Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, dismissing the last remaining claim in a legal malpractice suit against the firm.

Woman's Conviction for Conduct Affecting Fetus Is Dismissed

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 23, 2015

A Long Island woman should not have been convicted of second-degree manslaughter for the death of her 6-day-old baby from in utero injuries sustained in a car accident she caused, the Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Crowell Nabs a DJ but Loses a Lindh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2015

Crowell & Moring picks up a former disc jockey to head its London corporate group, while another controversial partner departs; Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires from Credit Suisse; Orrick adds in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Handshake Software, Fireman & Company Partner to Provide Offerings to Legal Sector

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : October 16, 2015

Solutions focus on practice management, service delivery and client management.

K&L Gates Partner Nominated as VA Watchdog, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 06, 2015

The Obama administration nominates a K&L Gates litigator to clean up the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Pillsbury brings on a bitcoin expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Latham Adds Hong Kong Corporate Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 05, 2015

The Los Angeles-based firm has recruited former Goldman Sachs executive director and senior in-house counsel Yilong Du.

Sullivan & Worcester Bolts On Boston Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Boston-based Greene & Hafer partners up with Sullivan & Worcester; Greenberg Traurig grows in Texas; Paul Weiss welcomes a “Rising Star”; Skadden snags a new Paris tax head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.