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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

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.

2015 New Partners: R-T

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015

Fried Frank and Paul Hastings Poach IP Heads, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Patterson Belknap and Shearman & Sterling lose a pair of IP practice leaders; Cadwalader rebuilds in Houston; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Revives Houston Office With Addition of Energy Partner

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

After a dip in profits in 2014 and an emptying of the firm's Houston office, Cadwalader is looking to regain ground with three big lateral hires, including Chad Mills, a former transactional energy partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Valeant Buys Salix for $14.5B

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : February 27, 2015

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, based in Lavalle, Quebec, Canada, with U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey, announced Feb. 23 its acquisition of fellow drugmaker Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. of Raleigh, North Carolina, for about $14.5 billion in cash and stock.

Dealmaker of the Week: Alison Ressler of Sullivan & Cromwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 27, 2015

A corporate partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ressler advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in its $10.1 billion acquisition of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

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.


: 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.