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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 435
  • Gross Revenues: $466,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,075,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,650,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is a New York-based law firm with three offices in the United States and one office in London. The firm ranked 66th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms with $429,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has ranked in the top 75 of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 81st highest grossing law firm in the world. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, the firm, with 481 attorneys, is the 84th largest in the United States. Cadwalader's practice areas include capital markets, financial restructuring, intellectual property, health care, real estate, and tax.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 63 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 63 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 94 -10 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 120 0 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 109 6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 102 21 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 95 -2 Summer programs

In the News

The Careerist: Only Women and Wimps Work Part-Time

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

What the latest Yale Law Women's report on law firms really tells us.

The Careerist: 5 Rules When You're Divorcing a Big Law Partner

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 17, 2014

Lessons learned from the nasty divorce of a Cadwalader partner.

Gartner Ratchets Up Legal IT Research

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 17, 2014

The research and advisory company plans to release a number of reports on legal technology later this year.

Dealmakers of the Year: Christopher Cox, Cadwalader

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

Royalty Pharma's yearlong pursuit of drugmaker Élan may have been Ireland's nastiest corporate takeover battle ever.

Reed Smith's Homegrown Periscope Helps the Firm Navigate E-Discovery

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 15, 2014

The Am Law 100 firm uses a Web-based tool to input data from kCura Relativity and multiple in-house systems, helping determine costs and direction for document review.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

Economy, Bad Publicity Hurt Partner's Assets, Judge Rules

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In a highly acrimonious divorce between a Cadwalader partner and his wife, the partner has been allowed to keep most of the value of his partnership interest as a judge found the wife's conduct during the divorce contributed to the decline of his business assets.

Cover Story: Dealmakers of the Year 2014

: The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

A dozen attorneys who distinguished themselves with their work on the year's most notable transactions.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Privately-held Swiss trading house Mercuria Energy Group has agreed to buy JPMorgan Chase's physical commodities trading unit in a deal worth $3.5 billion. Also, Media General announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire LIN Media LLC in a $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal that, if completed, will create the second-largest local television broadcasting company in the country.

Giants, Manning Seek Dismissal of Suit Over Bogus Team Memorabilia

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning are asking for dismissal of a sports memorabilia dealer's suit claiming that his business dealings with the team landed him in criminal trouble

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Asia Deal Digest: March 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Alibaba confirms New York IPO with Simpson Thacher at the helm* Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership on Temasek-led bid to acquire commodities trader Olam* Latham leads on Indian travel site's $126.5 million Nasdaq share offering

Cadwalader, Simpson Advise on JP Morgan Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

J.P. Morgan Chase is selling its physical commodities trading unit to Mercuria Energy Group for $3.5 billion. Cadwalader is advising Mercuria on the deal, while J.P. Morgan is being represented by Simpson Thacher.

The Score: March Madness Edition

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

More Ideas for Bridging the Board-Shareholder Gap

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 16, 2014

The Conference Board weighs in with its recommendations for how corporate boards and shareholders should communicate with one each other.

Labor & Employment

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Achieving a Work Environment Free of Cyber Bullying," "Issues With Self-Destructing Messages in the Workplace," "Developing Social Media Policies That Survive NLRB Scrutiny," "Beware the Risks of Using Social Media During Recruitment" and "Social Media: Changing the Face of Employment Law."

Issues With Self-Destructing Messages in the Workplace

Peter Isajiw and John Vazquez : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Peter Isajiw and John Vazquez of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft write: The convenience of electronic communication comes with some costs: Email's persistence and ease of duplication mean that once a message has been sent, the author loses all control over it. Encouraged by Snapchat's success, several recently launched apps aim to bring "self-destructing" messages to a more business-minded user demographic.

Privilege and Work Product Doctrine: Noteworthy Developments

Adam S. Lurie, Lambrina Mathews and Salvatore N. Astorina : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Adam S. Lurie, Lambrina Mathews and Salvatore N. Astorina of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, review some of the significant decisions of the past year concerning the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine, and practices to consider in the wake of such decisions.

Federal Court To Hear Suit Accusing Giants of Dealing Bogus Sports Gear

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A lawsuit by a sports memorabilia dealer who allegedly received bogus items from the New York Giants, quarterback Eli Manning and others in the team has been sent to federal court.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Cadwalader Revenues Tick Up While PPP Drops

Julie Triedman and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Attributing the dip to delayed payments and to market volatility, Cadwalader posted a slight decline in profitability last year. But revenues were up for a third straight year.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: O'Melveny Sees Declines as Large Success Fees Ebb

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

O'Melveny & Myers posted declines among key financial indicators in 2013, with gross revenue at the firm falling 10 percent, to $733.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Chocolate Makers Unwrap Victory in Federal Court

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

The makers of three-quarters of America's chocolate—Hershey, Mars and Nestle—got a federal judge in Harrisburg, Pa., to toss 91 cases claiming that the companies fixed prices between 2002 and 2007.

US Steel Brings In an Iron-Tough General Counsel

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

Suzanne Rich Folsom has moved into the United States Steel Corporation legal department as general counsel and senior vice president–government affairs.

Corrections

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Court Tosses Claim of Malpractice Against Cadwalader

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has won dismissal of a claim that it committed malpractice by failing to give appropriate advice to a Japanese asset management firm about a mortgage securitization, though it must still face a claim that it failed to do due diligence.

Court Tosses Claim of Malpractice Against Cadwalader

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has won dismissal of a claim that it committed malpractice by failing to give appropriate advice to a Japanese asset management firm about a mortgage securitization, though it must still face a claim that it failed to do due diligence.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Cadwalader Faces Narrowed Malpractice Claim Over Nomura Advice

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

With a long-awaited trial on the horizon, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft persuaded an appeals court to trim a $70 million malpractice suit brought by former client Nomura Asset Capital Corp., a sponsor of mortgage-backed securities.

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.

Giants, Manning Sued for Allegedly Dealing Bogus Sports Memorabilia

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A civil suit filed in New Jersey state court accuses New York Giants insiders of passing off bogus collectibles and of framing a sports memorabilia dealer who ended up ensnared in a federal investigation.

Ex-Paul Hastings Partner Disbarred Over Fake Credentials

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Dennis Thomas O'Riordan, a former Paul Hastings and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner, has been disbarred in the United Kingdom for claiming a slew of phony accomplishments, including degrees from both Oxford and Harvard universities.

Trusts & Estates

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Top 10 Developments, Lessons and Reminders of 2013," "Standing to Enforce Restrictions on Use of Charitable Gifts," "Making Disclaimer Work for Minors," "Revocable Inter-Vivos Trusts," "Automatic Allocation of GST Exemption: Traps for the Unwary" and "'Brewer' Raises New Issues Regarding Estate Distribution."

Revocable Inter-Vivos Trusts

William Schwartz : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

William Schwartz, Counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, writes: The revocable inter-vivos trust is the cornerstone of modern estate planning. Given the extensive control retained by the settlor to revoke and/or amend the trust, the question arises as to whether this "will substitute" should be subject to the substantive rules relating to wills, even though there are different formalities incident to the execution of a revocable inter-vivos trust than a will.

Cadwalader Names Woolery Chairman as of 2015

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Woolery, a 44-year-old Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, left his role as co-head of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair.

Woolery to Take Leadership of Cadwalader in 2015

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

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has named corporate cochair James Woolery to become head of the firm. Woolery, a Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who left his role as cohead of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair, will succeed W. Christopher White as chairman on Jan. 1, 2015.

Judge Awards $16.7 Million for Ex-Client of Cadwalader

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The client, Red Zone, filed suit against the firm after the First Department ruled in 2010 that Red Zone owed $8 million plus interest due to the firm's alleged failure to ensure a letter agreement memorialized an oral agreement to limit Red Zone's liability for fees in an underlying transaction.

Rethinking the Law Firm/Law School Relationship

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

What the profession can learn from a model program that pairs students and firms to help Iraqi refugees.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Six law firms promoted partners while Allegaert Berger & Vogel added counsel.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

In 2013, European dealmaking showed its first signs of health in five years.

Boies Schiller Tops Other Firms in Associate Bonuses

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

As it does every year, Boies Schiller has awarded associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have matched the range set by Cravath earlier this month.

Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again As Most Match Market

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

As it does every year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the firm's high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set, as usual, by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.

In-House Counsel Profile: INTL FCStone's Rene Friedman

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

INTL FCStone Inc., based in New York, is a financial services company handling commodities, capital markets, currencies and asset management. Rene Friedman heads up its team of 13 attorneys.

Director's Messages With Counsel on Company Email Not Privileged

Gregory A. Markel and Gregory Beaman : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that a director's communication with his personal attorney over the company's email system were not privileged.

Communications With Counsel Via Company Email Not Privileged

Gregory A. Markel and Gregory Beaman : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2013

On Sept. 5, the Delaware Court of Chancery, on a matter of first impression, ruled that a director's emails with his personal attorney were not privileged because the director used his company email address to communicate with counsel and he was aware of the company's policy that all work emails were accessible by the company.

Harmony at Last

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

After years of bickering, two agencies join to enforce antitrust laws.

Minter Ellison Adding Two New Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

The firm has hired Winston & Strawn Beijing managing partner Jem Li and Gide Loyrette Nouel Hong Kong partner Rebecca Silli. They start next month and in January, respectively.

Howrey Estate Settles with Cadwalader, Ober Kaler

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

After hammering out the latest settlements, which are worth a total of at least $600,000, bankruptcy trustee Allan Diamond has so far struck deals that will bring at least $4 million to the Howrey estate from firms that took on partners from the now-defunct firm as it collapsed in 2011.

Puerto Rico Distress Spells Wall Street Opportunity

: Bloomberg : January 12, 2013

Bankers and lawyers are trying to boost trading and advisory fees for securities that are increasingly appealing to hedge funds and buyers of speculative-grade corporate and sovereign debt.

American-US Airways Merger Wins DOJ's OK, With Conditions

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

With less than two weeks to go before trial, the Justice Department has reached a proposed settlement with American Airlines and US Airways, allowing their $11 billion merger to go forward in exchange for major divestitures.

State Bar Delays Commentary to Protest OCA Pro Bono Rules

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

The House of Delegates, the 77,000-member state bar's policy-setting body, took the unusual step of voting down a revision of the commentary to inform lawyers of their obligations under the pro bono changes to protest the imposition of the higher standards and to consider legal action against the new rules.

With Chill in the Air, a Fresh Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Our latest roundup of litigation in which Am Law 200 firms are either defendants or plaintiffs includes Dorsey & Whitney getting sued over a burst pipe; the ex-wife of a deceased Kaye Scholer partner seeking retirement benefits from the firm; and Thompson Hine facing accusations of discrimination and wrongful termination brought by a legal secretary once employed by the firm.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

Lying, Ranting, and Groping

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 29, 2013

The legal gossip seems a lot juicier in Europe. I don't know if big firm lawyers across the Atlantic are more brazen or if the Americans (at least those in Big Law) are more discreet. Anyway, here's the latest:

D. C. Calendar of Events

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Ten firms announce new additions, among other news.