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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,192
  • Gross Revenues: $1,190,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,000,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,875,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has 1192 attorneys and is the 18th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,190,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 16th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton ranked as the 21st highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in DC and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 16 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 16 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 18 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 22 3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 38 0 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 13 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 59 -41 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 92 -9 Summer programs

In the News

Dealmaker of the Week: Trevor Norwitz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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

Norwitz advised Dollar Tree Inc. in its $8.5 billion bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc., which ultimately beat out a $9.1 billion bid from rival Dollar General Corp.

Fenwick & West Recruits Shanghai Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2015

Former Kaye Scholer partner Niping Wu has made her fourth lateral move in six years.

FDIC Picks Congressional Lawyer for GC Role

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 16, 2015

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has turned to Capitol Hill for a general counsel, tapping Charles Yi, a former senior congressional staffer, for the job.

FDIC Picks Congressional Lawyer for GC Role

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2015

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has turned to Capitol Hill for a general counsel, tapping Charles Yi, a former senior congressional staffer.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

Skadden Once Again Steals the Show in M&A Rankings

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2015

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom took the top spot in three separate, year-end M&A rankings based on deal value issued by Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. Other Am Law 100 firms filling the number two and three legal adviser spots, in varying order, include: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Sullivan & Cromwell, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

New Yorkers Say Goodbye to a Powerful Voice for the Law

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2015

Family and friends will say farewell today to Mario Cuomo, an eloquent voice for the rule of law and for the poor during his career as an attorney and three-term governor, who died at his Manhattan home Thursday, hours after his son Andrew was sworn in to his second term as governor.

INADMISSIBLE: Immigration Judges' Names Kept Secret

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2015

The identities of federal immigration judges who were the targets of misconduct complaints can remain confidential, a Washington federal judge has ruled. Plus more in this week's column.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Allergan / Actavis; Halliburton / Baker Hughes; Publicis / Sapient; LabCorp / Covance; BB&T / Susquehanna; Cott / DSS Group; Chiquita / Cutrale

JPMorgan Inks Deal to Exit Forex Antitrust Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2015

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom have laid down their arms in antitrust litigation accusing a dozen banks of manipulating foreign exchange rates.

A Buyers' Bonanza in Seoul

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

An influx of foreign firms in Korea has led to rock-bottom rates for some legal services.

A Fine Old Time

Chris Johnson : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

A record settlement by banks yields plenty of work for U.S. and U.K. lawyers.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

Billion-dollar transactions in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Nordic countries.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Asia's Biggest-Ticket Recent Transactions

New York Ruled Proper Forum for Suit Over Mining Rights

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : December 26, 2014

A multi-billion-dollar lawsuit over bribery and the theft of lucrative mining rights in the Republic of Guinea will be heard in New York, a federal judge has ruled.

The Global Lawyer: In the Case of Vultures v. Deadbeats, the Market Is Winning

Michael Goldhaber : The Litigation Daily : December 24, 2014

The courts are at an impasse with Argentine bonds. But capital markets have moved on.

Former Cleary Project Attorney Sues Firm Over Alleged Race Discrimination

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : December 24, 2014

A former project attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has sued the firm for racial discrimination after it cut his job while his white colleagues avoided furloughs and layoffs. Lyle Silva, who is black, took a job as an at-will lawyer in Cleary's D.C. office in mid-2011.

Here's the History of Lobbying for Cuba

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : December 19, 2014

Surely lobbyists have worked on behalf of the Cubans? Indeed, some have—but not since 1975. The NLJ found the country's advocacy history in Foreign Agents Registration Act documents.

After Busy Year for Tech Deals, Lawyers See No Slowdown Ahead

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 19, 2014

A year that got off to a bang with the WhatsApp and Nest deals later saw a trio of spin-offs, and the climate for dealmaking remains strong heading into 2015.

Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : December 19, 2014

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country's economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble's recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 18, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 18, 2014

*Weil, Skadden lead $3.6 billion acquisition of Halla Visteon Climate Control in Korea*Herbert Smith Freehills advises issuers oOh!media and SurfStitch on their recent Australian IPOs*Clifford Chance on Haitong's $467 million takeover of Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo

High Court Broadens Its Review of Motions to Vacate

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 17, 2014

Abandoning a rule it has observed for nearly 40 years, the Court of Appeals said Tuesday it would begin exercising the power to review whether lower courts that deny CPL 440.10 motions to vacate convictions have abused their discretion.

Wintry Windfall: Cahill Rewards Associates With Bigger Bonuses

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 12, 2014

The Am Law 100's year-end associate bonus bonanza continued Friday as Cahill Gordon & Reindel once again blew past its competitors by rewarding its junior lawyers with a whopping wintry windfall ranging from $15,000 to $115,000.

Sullivan & Cromwell, Cleary Meet Davis Polk on Associate Bonuses

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 11, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton match Davis Polk & Wardwell's associate bonuses, surpassing the market standard for midlevel associates.

Get It While You Can

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 10, 2014

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

Paul Weiss Helps Ex-Partner Unload Stake in High-Speed Trader

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 08, 2014

Virtu Financial, a high-speed trading shop led by former Paul Weiss corporate partner Douglas Cifu, tapped the firm to handle its $180 million sale of a minority stake to Singapore's Temasek Holdings, only months after it scuttled a $250 million initial public offering.

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

U.K. Bank Investigations Keep Magic Circle, Am Law 100 Firms Busy

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : December 04, 2014

Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher are among the top English and American firms called on to represent banks as regulators clamp down on poor service and market abuse.

Two Firms, Ex-Cleary Gottlieb Associate Await Lending Club IPO

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 03, 2014

Former Cleary Gottlieb senior associate Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of The Lending Club, stands to see his stake in the peer-to-peer lender be worth some $160 million after an initial public offering next week. Fenwick & West and O'Melveny & Myers are also poised to profit from The Lending Club's future float.

Once Again, Boies Schiller Showers Associates With Extra Cash

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 03, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner continued its annual tradition of hefty associate bonuses, beating the scale set over a week ago by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and matched by a flock of other Am Law 100 firms.