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Edwards Wildman Palmer

  • Designation: Boston
  • Head Count: 572
  • Gross Revenues: $344,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $600,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $685,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -9

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge was created by the November 1, 2005 merger of two Boston firms, Edwards & Angell and Palmer & Dodge. On January 1, 2008, the firm merged with London firm Kendall Freeman. The firm has its largest offices in Boston. With 507 attorneys, the firm placed 67th on the National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 350 rankings of U.S. firms based on size. Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge ranked 92nd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of law firms based on revenue, with $298,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. In the 2007 Global 100 rankings, the firm was ranked 100th. Edwards Angell's practice groups include corporate, environmental, finance, litigation, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. In addition to its Boston locations, Edwards Angell offices include Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey, Florida, Delware, and London. The partnerships of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP merged on October 1, 2011. The new firm, with 14 offices and 650 lawyers, is now known as Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 89 -9 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 89 -9 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 67 8 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 135 3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 150 -32 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

IN BRIEF: Apartheid Liability

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A federal judge ruled on April 17 that victims of South African apartheid can seek compensation from three Fortune 100 companies under the Alien Tort Statute, directly contradicting a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling in another case implicating that law. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Profit Pressure Prompting Firm Leaders to Swing Ax

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Six Am Law 200 firms have now confirmed layoffs of staffers this year.

Corporate Risk Management Goes Digital

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

Cyberrisk is cybersecurity plus more, and it isn't until a company understands the "more" that it can bring its legal needs into focus.

Association Honors Two with Resolutions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The state bar association approves resolutions honoring Paulette Brown and NJ LEEP.

Using Another's Inter Partes Patent Review Can Cost You

By David Cotta and Peter J. Cuomo : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

The American Invents Act provides an attractive inter partes review option—but it comes with a downside.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Saul Ewing Revenue Up 5.3 Percent, RPL Down 0.9 Percent

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

Saul Ewing saw its gross revenue grow by 5.3 percent but its revenue per lawyer (RPL) dip by 0.9 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm increased its overall headcount by 14 lawyers.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Two More Ex-Dewey Partners Hit With Clawback Suits

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

As the criminal case against three ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders proceeds, the trustee overseeing the bankrupt firm's estate this week added two more names to the list of former partners being sued over money they received from Dewey after it became insolvent.

Cozen O'Connor Revenue Dips 1.3 Percent, PPP Rises 1.4 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

Cozen O'Connor saw a 1.3 percent decline in gross revenue in 2013 as its headcount dropped nearly 3 percent in a year that saw a number of attorneys leave the firm in places such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Uncertain Clarity: Recent Developments in Class Certification Requirements

Huhnsik Chung and Nicholas A. Secara : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 17, 2014

Huhnsik Chung and Nicholas A. Secara of Edwards Wildman Palmer write that while the newfound attention by the U.S. Supreme Court on class certification requirements is both welcome and significant, the Court's guidance has been less than clear.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Extracurricular activities.

Strategic Intervention in Insurance Coverage Disputes

E. Paul Kanefsky and Nicholas A. Secara : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

E. Paul Kanefsky, a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, and Nicholas A. Secara, an associate with the firm, write: Insurance carriers and their counsel should strongly consider intervening in underlying litigations involving their insureds in order to assist in the resolution of insurance coverage issues. Strategic intervention is an advantageous, but underutilized, litigation device that might enable counsel to forestall months or even years of delay in resolving coverage disputes between policyholders and insurers.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Four firms announce new additions, while two have promoted attorneys to partner.

Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "How Detroit's Chapter 9 Case Could Affect New York Municipalities," "SCOTUS to Rule on Powers of Bankruptcy Judges," "Utilizing Pre-Approved Retainers Under Code Section 328" and "Debtors' Delusions of Bankruptcy."

How Detroit's Chapter 9 Case Could Affect New York Municipalities

Paul J. Labov and Dana G. Hefter : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Paul J. Labov and Dana G. Hefter of Edwards Wildman Palmer explore the Dec. 5, 2013 Eastern District of Michigan opinion (determining that Detroit was eligible to be a Chapter 9 debtor) and analyze the effect it could have on municipalities eligible to file for Chapter 9 protection in New York.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

Law Firms Back Narrow Right of Court Access in Delaware Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Two dozen major law firms came together on Monday to send an unlikely message to the U.S. Supreme Court: It's time to clamp down on open access to government.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Extracurricular Activities.

The Churn: 14-Lawyer Team Joins Lewis Brisbois, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Lewis Brisbois launches a new office near Philadelphia with a team of 14 laterals, including eight partners, from Nelson Levine; Pfizer's assistant general counsel heads to Paul Hastings; and O'Melveny's London office adds a Kirkland M&A partner.

Judge Says New York Wrong Place for 'Big Dig' Lawsuit

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Acting Justice Lawrence Marks granted Edwards Wildman Palmer's dismissal motion because the weight of factors in the insurer's legal malpractice suit center in Massachusetts.

Foundation Sponsors Free Seminar On Starting a New Business

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

An update on events and seminars from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

Brown Selected as ABA President-Elect

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Paulette Brown is one step closer to leading the nation's largest lawyers group.

Inadmissible

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Short takes on lawyers, firms and judges.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

Edwards Wildman Palmer Adds Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Man Chiu Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Hogan Lovells.

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

Insurance Law: The Cooperation Clause And Shifting Burdens

JOSHUA P. BROUDY and AUBREY E. BLATCHLEY : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 06, 2014

Virtually all insurance contracts contain a "cooperation clause" among the standard policy provisions. The clause places an affirmative duty on an insured to assist its insurer in the investigation and defense of a claim under the policy. The duty to cooperate is one of the central policy obligations owed by an insured to its insurer, the primary purpose of which is to protect the insurer and prevent collusion between the claimant and insured.

Council Approves Peters as New Investigations Chief

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

New York City Council members on Tuesday approved Mark Peters as commissioner of the Department of Investigation, the watchdog office that probes city employees and contractors for corruption, fraud, waste or unethical conduct.

Bio: Mark Peters

: New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

DOI Nominee Says History Shows His Independence

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Ask attorney Mark Peters if he would hesitate to break ranks with close friend and political ally Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's top watchdog, and he will mention David Paterson.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Taking It All the Way to Trial, or Acting 'As If'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

When the U.S. Marshals Service seized the booth of a Chinese tire maker at a Las Vegas trade show and confiscated its contents, it was an unambiguous message from Weisbrod Matteis & Copley: Pay up.

Council Grills de Blasio's Choice for City Watchdog

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Mark Peters, Mayor Bill de Blasio's pick to head the city's watchdog agency, was questioned at a City Council committee hearing Thursday about his close relationship with the mayor and his ability to be independent.

A Dozen New Partners at Bradley Arant, All of Them Men

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Birmingham–based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings welcomed 12 of its attorneys to the firm's partnership last week, none of them women. So far, seven Am Law 200 firm have announced new partner classes this year made up entirely of men.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Nine firms announce new partners, while Paul Weiss, Bingham McCutchen and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin each announce a new addition.

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A dozen Am Law 100 firms have grabbed roles on a series of transactions announced since the start of 2014 involving the insurance industry, where consolidation in the sector this year could could produce a bevy of business for transactional lawyers.

Am Law 100 Trio Take Lead on Time Warner Cable Bid

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

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it had rejected rival Charter Communications' $61.3 billion takeover bid, with the former relying on longtime outside counsel Paul Weiss for representation and the latter turning to Wachtell and Kirkland & Ellis. Should the companies end up striking a deal, a fresh round of cable industry consolidation—and a bevy of transactional assignments for other Am Law 100 firms—could follow.

No New Women Partners at Five Am Law Firms This Year

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

With the 2014 partner promotion season in full swing across The Am Law 200, a handful of firms—Cleary, Edwards Wildman, Gibson Dunn, Locke Lord and Stroock—stuck out by failing to elevate a single female attorney to their respective partnership ranks.

Buchanan Ingersoll in Merger Talks With Fla. Firm

Julie Kay and Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is deep into merger talks with Tampa-based Fowler White Boggs, according to top management of both firms.

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Fangda Adds Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Andrew Lui was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Edwards Wildman Palmer.

7 South Florida Professionals Weigh In On 2014 Outlook

Mike Seemuth : Daily Business Review : January 06, 2014

South Florida's economy is likely to continue growing at a gradual pace in 2014 despite a widely anticipated increase in interest rates as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy.

Seventh Circuit Frowns on Sealed Settlement Agreements

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has refused to allow the sealing of settlement agreements in two civil actions, citing the "presumption of public access to judicial records."

For Large Law Firms, 2013 Was a Year of Expansion, Pseudo-Mergers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

For Pennsylvania's large law firms, 2013 was a year of office expansion and pseudo-mergers.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 20, 2013

Extracurricular Activities.

The Churn: Fox Rothschild Bulks Up in Bay Area, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Fox Rothschild absorbs a seven-lawyer firm in Northern California; Covington & Burling hires a partner and associate from Mayer Brown in Europe; and a Locke Lord senior counsel is tapped to be the next Texas Secretary of State.

Edwards Wildman Helps Google Get Into Robots

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Military robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics tapped Edwards Wildman Palmer for counsel this week on its sale to Google for an undisclosed sum. The deal has the Internet, and even some late-night comedians, buzzing.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Four firms announce new additions, while Mayer Brown, Weil Gotshal and Certilman Balin announce promotions.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Michael Best & Friedrich gains nine attorneys in Salt Lake City; a deputy general counsel at Philip Morris returns to Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr brings in a special counsel from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. .

Edwards Wildman attorney helps OrthoSensor close $48M in private financing

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 19, 2013

OrthoSensor was looking for financing to market, sell and promote its Verasense knee system, a sensor used in knee-replacement procedures to assist surgeons in correctly lining up the plastic pieces used in artificial knee implants.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Alejandro Fiuza joins Brown Rudnick's corporate practice group as partner and chairman of the firm's new Latin American practice group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Amid Merger Talks, Patton Boggs MP Touts Strategic Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2013

Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry told The Am Law Daily on Thursday that his firm's merger talks with Locke Lord and its latest round of layoffs are part of a broader plan that also includes changes to its long-standing "eat what you kill" compensation system and a push to expand in California, New York, Texas and abroad.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2013

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Herzfeld & Rubin has opened a five-attorney office in Yangon, Myanmar, among other announcements.

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.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn and Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

Patton Boggs creates a public finance practice with four hires from Edwards Wildman & Palmer; Arnold & Porter loses a partner to Bingham McCutchen; and Fisher & Phillips hires four attorneys from a shuttering firm in Denver. .