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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

Morning Wrap: Death Penalty Under Review | Petraeus Prosecutor Defends Hillary Clinton

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : August 31, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The Ninth Circuit considers the death penalty, former Petraeus prosecutor argues Hillary Clinton committed no crime and a man with a drug history gets a second chance at law school.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Technology Finds Its Place in Commercial Division Cases

Melissa Hoffmann : New York Law Journal : August 17, 2015

Many New York courts, particularly in the Commercial Division, are increasingly turning to tech to increase efficiency in complicated and time-consuming cases.

Spate of Succession Plans at Firms Driven by Age, Innovation

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 14, 2015

Reading the legal press over the last two or so years could lead to the natural assumption that law firms are getting better at succession planning, particularly the planning part. A growing number of firms have announced new firm leadership and many have done so upward of a year in advance.

On the Move

: The Recorder : August 10, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : August 07, 2015

Six firms announce additions, while Kelley Drye and Katten Muchin have elected new partners.

Deutsche Bank GC to Retire at Year's End

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 07, 2015

His company beset by regulatory problems and soaring legal expenses, Richard Walker, the general counsel of Deutsche Bank AG, plans to retire at the end of 2015.

Deal Watch: Firms Guzzle Fees in Coca-Cola Bottling Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 06, 2015

When Coca-Cola bottlers combine to create the largest independent bottler for the mega beverage brand, they need a fountain of law firms to seal the deal. Plus, the pharma M&A frenzy continues in our latest roundup of billion-dollar deals.

Intellectual Property

: New York Law Journal : August 03, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Protecting the Brick: LEGO's Global IP Enforcement Efforts," "'New Portraits' Dispute Implicates Social Media Ownership and Fair Use Issues," "What's in a Label? Proving Induced Infringement for 'Off-Label' Use" and "'Lexmark' Court to Address International Patent Exhaustion and Unauthorized Imports'."

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 03, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Nelson Mullins Suspends Partner Over In-Flight Incident

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

Three glasses of wine and some sleeping pills did not make for a restful flight from Charlotte to London for Sarah Buffett, a corporate and immigration partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Big Deals

Jasmine Grays : New York Law Journal : July 23, 2015

Coty is buying 43 beauty brands from Procter & Gamble Co., including Miss Clairol, Covergirl and Max Factor. P&G puts the deal's value at about $15 billion. That amount includes stock valued at about $13.1 billion and $1.9 billion in debt, but the debt could range from $1.9 billion to $3.9 billion.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Circle Pair of $48 Billion Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

Anthem's $48 billion takeover bid for Cigna and AT&T's successful $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV provided work for dozens of lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

Schiff Hardin and Steptoe Make Squire Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Squire Patton Boggs sees more partners depart; two more lawyers peel away from O'Melveny & Myers; another IP litigator leaves Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Liner Lands Dickstein Defectors, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The head of Dickstein Shapiro's insurance coverage practice leads nine other lawyers to Los Angeles-based Liner; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hires two more partners in London; and other notable new roles from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Parts Ways With Troubled Partner

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 20, 2015

Robert Ughetta, a capital markets partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Charlotte, has left the firm two months after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It was the third time in three years the lawyer found himself in legal trouble.

Structured Dismissals of Chapter 11 Cases

John J. Rapisardi and Joseph Zujkowski : New York Law Journal : July 17, 2015

In their Bankruptcy Practice column, John J. Rapisardi and Joseph Zujkowski analyze a recent case where the Third Circuit issued the first federal circuit court of appeals opinion recognizing the ability of bankruptcy courts to conclude a Chapter 11 case through a structured dismissal.

Dealmakers of the Week: Lowell Yoder and Timothy Shuman of McDermott Will & Emery

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 10, 2015

Yoder and Shuman handled the complex tax component of a megamakeup deal announced between Procter & Gamble and New York-based beauty products giant and firm client Coty Inc.

Deal Watch: Skadden Snags Big Beauty Deal as Conflict Claims Resurface Against Retired Partner

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 09, 2015

It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which took the lead on a $12.5 billion buy for beauty products behemoth Coty, as an insider trading case involving a 6-year-old transaction by the firm forced a partner to take early retirement.

Wilmer's Lobbyists Seek to Keep Monsanto Out of Regulatory Weeds

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 01, 2015

After building out its lobbying group with a pair of seasoned hires over the past two years, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has dug into advising agribusiness behemoth Monsanto on its effort to acquire Swiss seed technology rival Syngenta.

Cadwalader Partner, Federal Judge Broaden Scope of Re-Enactments

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

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Kathy Chin and her husband, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, have been presenting re-enactments of cases important to Asian-American legal history for nearly a decade. Now, they will broaden the scope of their work to commemorate cases involving other minority groups.

Diversity and Inclusion Awards

: New York Law Journal : June 15, 2015

The New York City Bar Association recognized diversity and inclusion champions at a celebration dinner on Thursday

Colt Targets O'Melveny As Debt Forces Bankruptcy Filing

David Bario : The Am Law Daily : June 15, 2015

Long after the Colt .45 tamed the American West, Samuel Colt's namesake company is waving the white flag in a showdown with its creditors.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : June 12, 2015

Announcements from Drinker Biddle, DLA Piper, Akin Gump, Arent Fox and Cadwalader.

Cozen, McKenna Long at Opposite Ends of Growth Spectrum

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

With the NLJ 350 inspiring law firms to size up their competitors this week, we took a look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their legal ranks fluctuate the most through the first six months of 2015.

Dickstein Bankruptcy Lawyers Launch New York Boutique

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

Arnold Gulkowitz, who joined Dickstein Shapiro in 2007 and went on to head its bankruptcy and creditors' rights group, has left the struggling firm's New York office to start his own restructuring boutique, called Gulkowitz Berger.

New Partnership to Improve Locating Experts in the Legal Industry

Sean Doherty : Legaltech News : June 10, 2015

Neudesic's The Firm Directory and BA Insight partner to find experts in law firms and legal departments.

Anne Hathaway's Dad Joins Drinker Biddle, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

June Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : June 01, 2015

Greenberg Traurig, Honigman Make Merger Moves

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

The two Am Law 200 firms are poised to expand in Boston and Chicago on June 1 by absorbing local boutiques.