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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

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.

Cadwalader Recruits Seven Latham Lawyers in Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2015

Three partners and four counsel led by former Latham China practice co-head Michael Liu have defected to the New York-based firm.

Court of Appeals Nominations

: New York Law Journal : January 08, 2015

The latest on Third Department Justice Leslie Stein's nomination to the state's high court and the choice to replace Justice Robert Smith.

Star Litigators Depart, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

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

An array of high-profile litigators from Irell & Manella and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi are starting their own firms as January's annual “running of the laterals” begins. Also, Hinshaw & Culbertson hires Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel; a Bingham McCutchen partner and ex-Cadwalader leader find new homes; Blank Rome opens in Pittsburgh; Greenberg Traurig goes to Tokyo; Quinn Emanuel heads to Seattle; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: Same-Sex Marriage in Florida, Bob McDonnell Sentencing, Grand Jury Gag

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 06, 2015

Same-sex marriages begin in Florida, a New York Times reporter takes the stand in a CIA leak case, and Bob McDonnell prepares for sentencing today: This is a roundup of legal news from ALM publications and other outlets.

For Six Am Law Firms, New Leadership; For Their Outgoing Leaders, New Chapters

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2015

A half-dozen Am Law 100 firms—Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; DLA Piper; Haynes and Boone; Latham & Watkins; Perkins Coie and Squire Patton Boggs—have new leaders in place as of Jan. 1. As they begin their first full week of work in their official roles, the new chairs and managing partners are sketching out strategies for their first 100 days and trying to fill the shoes of their predecessors. Some, like Cadwalader's W. Christopher White, have left Am Law leadership for the nonprofit world.

City Bar Rates Court of Appeals Candidates Qualified

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 19, 2014

The New York City Bar Association has given six candidates for the next opening on the state Court of Appeals "well qualified" ratings. The seventh, Rowan Wilson of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, was deemed "exceptionally well qualified."

Celebrating Asian American Legal Pioneers

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : December 17, 2014

The New York City Bar Association presented "Asian-Americans and the Law: New York Pioneers in the Judiciary" on Monday as its 2014 Stephen R. Kaye Memorial Program.

Bar Groups Rate Candidates for Court of Appeals Spot

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 16, 2014

Bar organizations rating the candidates from whom Gov. Andrew Cuomo will fill an upcoming opening on the Court of Appeals have found all seven candidates qualified for the court, though they differ as to their highest recommended nominees.

Get It While You Can

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 10, 2014

What's up with all these eye-popping bonuses?

Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Nominees Offered for Court of Appeals Vacancy

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 02, 2014

Five attorneys in private practice, Kathy Chin of Cadwalader, Hector Gonzalez of Dechert, Mary Kay Vyskocil of Simpson Thacher, Rowan Wilson of Cravath and Stephen Younger of Patterson Belknap, and two sitting judges, Fourth Department Justices Eugene Fahey and Erin Peradotto, comprise the list of candidates from which Gov. Andrew Cuomo must select a nominee to the state Court of Appeals.

Pricing It Right: Restructuring Billing

Tam Harbert : Law Technology News : December 01, 2014

Big Law mints new professionals and yearns for technology to solve billing woes.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 27, 2014

*Allens, Minters on Sao Paulo-based JBS's $1.2 billion offer for Australia's Primo Smallgoods*Drew & Napier acts for property developer CapitaLand on real estate deal in Indonesia*Khaitan, Clifford Chance, Luthra on Calcutta Electric Supply's share sale in India

Court History Program to Focus on Asian-Americans

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : November 24, 2014

The Historical Society of the New York Courts will sponsor a presentation titled "Asian-Americans & the Law: New York Pioneers in the Judiciary" on Dec. 15.

Dealmaker of the Week: Mary Ann Todd of Munger Tolles

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

Todd, a corporate partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, led the firm's deal team on Berkshire Hathaway's $4.7 billion all-stock buy of Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery unit.

Alums From Dead Firms Keep Memories Alive Through Reunions

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2014

Firms like Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Thelen, Shea & Gould and Bower & Gardner may no longer exist, but their vast networks of former attorneys and staff still keep in touch through organized gatherings and informal meetups.

Steptoe Duo Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 01, 2014

A Steptoe & Johnson crisis manager joins a spin shop, while a former special counsel quietly departs; Kirkland adds another Skadden partner; King & Spalding brings on Bobby Jindal's brother; Baker & Hostetler bags three across the country; a Bingham IP star departs; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Discovery Services Acquired by eTERA

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : October 30, 2014

Recent acquisitions, new clients, and expanded offices.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, a New Guard for the New Year

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 30, 2014

After 12 years, Norton Rose Fulbright chief executive Peter Martyr will relinquish his managing partner responsibilities in the U.K. to Martin Scott, the firm announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, John Coleman, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, will pass the baton to Charles Hurdon.