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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

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

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

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

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.


: 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.


: 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.

Sheppard Mullin Snags Babs' Second Cousin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2015

Adam Streisand, head of Loeb & Loeb's trusts and estates litigation group, is headed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Hogan Lovells heads to Australia and hires a DLA Piper practice leader; Baker Botts bulks up in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015

: New York Law Journal : March 30, 2015

In this Special Report, the New York Law Journal recognizes the tenacity and creativity of professionals working daily to create a diverse legal community, and to share ideas that worked.

Cadwalader Special Counsel Helps Author FBI Report

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 30, 2015

Joseph Moreno, special counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Washington, D.C., spent the better part of 2014 working on an external review of the FBI. The white-collar and criminal investigations lawyer was a staffer for the 9/11 Review Commission, which was directed by Congress to evaluate the changes made at the FBI since Sept. 11, 2001.

Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : March 30, 2015

The problem for Cadwalader wasn't attracting promising female attorneys, it was keeping them. So the firm developed a sponsorship program—a form of uber-mentoring that, in addition to giving advice and coaching, involves identifying opportunities for sponsored lawyers and getting them positioned to showcase their talents.

The Bankruptcy Files: Oil Slide a Boon to Some Big Firms

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

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bracewell & Giuliani, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Vinson & Elkins are some of the Am Law 200 firms that have snagged leading bankruptcy and restructuring roles in the struggling U.S. oil and gas sector.

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cahill Taps Cadwalader for Securities Enforcement Head

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Bradley Bondi, head of the securities enforcement and investigation group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel in a rare lateral hire by the Wall Street firm. Bondi, who will work out of New York and Washington, D.C., will lead Cahill's securities enforcement and regulatory group.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Once Again Break From the Pack

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

The top New York-centered firms outperformed their rivals in 2014. Revenue grew an average of 4.5 percent at 17 top firms based in the Big Apple, while profits per partner rose 5.6 percent, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: O'Melveny Down, But Eyes Rebound

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 07, 2015

O'Melveny & Myers saw gross revenue, profits per partner, revenue per lawyer and attorney head count all fall in 2014 as the firm sought to refill a pipeline of high-end litigation work. Bradley Butwin, chairman of the firm, spoke with The Am Law Daily about O'Melveny's performance and its outlook for the future.