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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 430
  • Gross Revenues: $614,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,430,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,290,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cravath, Swaine & Moore has 430 attorneys and is the 104th largest firm in the United States.  With $614,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 52nd on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Cravath, Swaine & Moore ranked as the 61st highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 52 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 52 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 104 -8 Lawyer head count
The A-List 30 21 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 63 22 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 88 -20 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 111 -27 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 77 -26 Summer programs

In the News

Q&A: Jeffrey Friedlander

Jeff Storey : New York Law Journal : April 17, 2015

As a student, Jeffrey Friedlander said he was only "vaguely aware" of the New York City Law Department. But one of his professors at NYU Law School recruited him, and he ended up spending his entire professional career there—a 44 year run that will end in a few months, he announced Wednesday.

Richard Hall

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Weyerhaeuser Co. doesn't engage in many mergers and acquisitions, but when it does, the transactions can entail "first-ever" or rare maneuvers that require lawyers especially skilled in the arcane field.

Under ABS Structure, Cahill Makes London Litigation Debut

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2015

Cahill Gordon & Reindel officially launched an English law litigation practice in London after hiring Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly. The announcement comes with a twist: U.K. regulators approved Cahill's application to become the first major U.S. firm in London to be licensed under an alternative business structure.

Counsel to Counsel in the Emerald City

: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

The National Law Journal this week spotlights lawyers who serve as outside counsel to some of the top in-house legal teams at companies based in the Seattle area.

Dealmaker of the Week: Roland Turnill of Slaughter and May

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

Turnill, a corporate and commercial partner in Slaughter and May's London office, advised Royal Dutch Shell in its $70 billion acquisition of BG Group.

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Am Law Firms Advise on $70 Billion Royal Dutch Shell Deal

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

Oil and gas tops off this week's list of billion-dollar deals, with Royal Dutch Shell plc's $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc. Magic Circle and Am Law firms landed roles on the mega deal, with Slaughter and May, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advising Shell, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer working on behalf of BG Group.

Morning Wrap: Tsarnaev Verdict Reaction | Dentons and McKenna Long Tie Up

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 09, 2015

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country, focused on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ted Cruz, West Virginia's attorney general and the major merger law firms.

Insider Trading Suit to Proceed

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 08, 2015

Two men who were spared criminal insider trading charges under the Second Circuit's 2014 ruling in 'United States v. Newman' will face a civil enforcement action after a federal judge found a lower level of intent, recklessness, was enough to sustain charges by the SEC.

Firms Respond to Dechert Salary Increases

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 08, 2015

Dechert took the Philadelphia market-high for associate compensation to a new level for dozens of junior lawyers when it announced Monday that it would increase salaries to between $160,000 and $280,000 for first- through eighth-year associates.

Two Top Prosecutors Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Morrison & Foerster tap the U.S. Department of Justice for two notable hires; Kramer Levin adds a life sciences practice head; Nixon Peabody nabs a Jones Day band leader and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Three Am Law 100 Firms Tap Transactional Trio for M&A Expertise

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

With deal volume up during the first quarter, O'Melveny & Myers, Shearman & Sterling and Covington & Burling made notable additions Monday to bolster their M&A ranks in New York.

Circuit Declines to Rehear U.S. Insider Trading Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has lost his bid to reinstate insider trading convictions that were vacated last year by the Second Circuit, restricting the scope of criminal insider trading liability in a way that Bharara said has handcuffed law enforcement.

Skadden Runs Up Against Davis Polk, S&C for Lead in M&A Rankings

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

After dominating the top spot in three separate M&A rankings of legal advisers by deal value last year, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was bumped by Davis Polk & Wardwell and Sullivan & Cromwell in two of the rankings for the first quarter.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

Big Deals

Michelle Chapman and Candice Choi : The Associated Press : April 02, 2015

Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans on March 25 to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

April Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

Two Rejoin McKenna Long

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : March 31, 2015

Two former partners at McKenna Long & Aldridge, Jim Thomas II and Phil Bradley, returned to the firm as senior counsel in March.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

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

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 26, 2015

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

$20 Billion Later, Banks Finally Win Ruling on Time Limits

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 25, 2015

Big banks have failed to convince courts around the country that various government agencies waited too long to sue over Wall Street's role in the 2008 financial crisis. This week, a judge finally adopted the banks' reasoning in a case brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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.

Sanford Heisler Hits Novartis With New Sex Bias Lawsuit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 17, 2015

Novartis AG is turning into a serial litigation target for plaintiffs lawyers at Sanford Heisler Kimpel, a firm that's already secured more than $270 million in settlements related to the pharmaceutical company's employment practices.

INADMISSIBLE: Paul Ryan, Chief of Staff Sued Over Crash

: The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and his chief of staff, Kevin Seifert, face a $100,000 lawsuit over a car crash Seifert was involved in while driving Ryan's car last year. Plus more in this week's column.

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.

Michelle Lee Confirmed to Lead U.S. Patent Office

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 09, 2015

The U.S. Senate confirmed Michelle Lee on Monday evening to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Lee, former intellectual property chief at Google, had served as the acting director at the PTO for more than a year.

Pao Says Kleiner Perkins Tuned Out Her Complaints

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : March 09, 2015

Ellen Pao testified Monday that male leaders of the venture-capital firm repeatedly ignored her grievances.

Meet the Judges: Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni

: New York Law Journal : March 06, 2015

The judge discusses her pre-bench experience's impact on her judicial practices, the biggest surprise about joining the bench, her pet peeves and the most fun part of the job.

2015 New Partners: A-C

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015