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McCarter & English, LLP

  • Designation: Newark, N.J.
  • Head Count: 378
  • Gross Revenues: $211,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $560,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $590,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -5

McCarter & English is a Newark, New Jersey-based law firm. With 381 attorneys, it is the 117th largest firm in the United States according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings. With respect to revenue, McCarter & English ranked 127th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 rankings with $216,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. McCarter & English is primarily a litigation firm, specializing in mass toxic tort, products liability, and insurance coverage cases. Other practices include bankruptcy and restructuring, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, corporate, securities, financial institutions, and white collar criminal defense. In addition to its Newark, New Jersey headquarters, the firm has offices in locations including Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Connecticut, and Wilmington, Delaware. The firm completed a merger with the Boston-based law firm of Gadsby Hannah in June 2006. It then merged with Pollack & Kaminsky in October 2009.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 132 -5 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 115 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 66 -9 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 152 -9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Litigation Departments of the Year

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The results of the 's second annual venture into rating law firm litigation departments for excellence. Awards are given in general, commercial, employment, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, product liability and real estate litigation.

A Backbone for Products Liability Defense

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

McCarter & English's Products Liability group has a long tenure of service as national and regional counsel, defense medical counsel and lead counsel in consolidated and multidistrict litigations across a broad range of industries.

Making Law While Protecting Policyholders

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

McCarter & English's insurance litigators, a core group of a multifaceted litigation department, is prominent in the market of policyholders' counsel in coverage matters.

Report: Merger Mania Continues, But on a Smaller Scale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Legal consultancy Altman Weil has released its first-quarter law firm merger report, which notes that after a record-setting year in 2013, the pace of combinations among firms has continued in 2014, with smaller acquisitions dominating the market. Am Law 200 firms like Holland & Hart and Wilson Elser have absorbed smaller shops in Salt Lake City and San Francisco, respectively, within the past week. Meanwhile, Am Law 100 law and lobbying giant Patton Boggs is drawing interest from Dentons and Squire Sanders.

Vaughn Sought Change to Distance Bench From Former Judge's Stance

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 02, 2014

In a rare move, Delaware Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. has asked the Delaware Supreme Court to amend a footnote in a dissenting opinion to reflect that an opinion issued by former Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman did not speak for the entire court.

Court Weighs Easing of Ethics Rules To Promote Pro Bono in Bankruptcy

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering whether ethics strictures should be relaxed to facilitate appearances of volunteer lawyers for debtors in bankruptcy cases.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Extracurricular activities.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

HAP Investments has added general counsel, McCarter & English has added two partners and Joshua Friedman has been elected president of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

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

Gibbons Revenue Stays Flat in 2013, First Growth Stagnation in a Decade

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Gibbons, one of New Jersey's top-earning and most populous homegrown firms, saw revenues stay essentially flat in fiscal 2013—the first year it failed to grow revenue in a decade.

Memorabilia Dealer Wants His Suit Against Giants Back in State Court

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

A former sports memorabilia dealer suing the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning over allegedly bogus helmets and jerseys is asking that the suit be moved back to New Jersey state court.

Governor Announces 16 Nominees For Superior Court

KAREN ALI : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 14, 2014

When people talk about the Sweet 16 this time of year, it's usually a reference to top teams in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament. But this March, the reference can be made to the 16 attorneys nominated by Gov. Dannel Malloy for Superior Court judgeships.

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.

N.J. Federal Judges Work on Plan For Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A committee of federal judges in New Jersey is expected to hammer out a plan by the end of the month to manage more than 600 hundred suits filed by insureds against flood insurance carriers over Superstorm Sandy claims.

McCarter & English 2013 Revenues Boosted by Bankruptcy, Tax Work

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

McCarter & English, one of New Jersey's largest and most well-established firms, enjoyed good revenue growth in fiscal 2013 led by strong performance in its bankruptcy and tax practices.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The 's 15th annual profile of new partners at New Jersey firms.

The Churn: Dentons Continues Heenan Blaikie Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Dentons hires a total of 46 attorneys from failed Canada firm Heenan Blaikie; Akerman adds three new litigators in its month-old Chicago office; and a former White House adviser joins Akin Gump.

Birdsall Bankruptcy Settlement Would Let Employees' Lawyers Retain Fees

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A proposed settlement in the Birdsall Services Group bankruptcy would allow 13 law firms to keep more than half a million dollars in fees incurred by officers and employees who were under investigation in the pay-to-play scandal that brought down the company.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Six firms announce new hires, while Sheppard Mullin, Baker & McKenzie and Stroock announce new partners.

Capitol Report

Jena Morrow : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A round-up of action from Trenton.

Chandler to Lead Search for New Chancellor

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell has appointed former Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor William B. Chandler III to lead the Judicial Nominating Commission, an 11-member task force responsible for recommending candidates to fill judicial vacancies. Chandler's first order of business on the JNC will be to identify candidates for the Chancery Court chancellor opening created by current Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr.'s promotion to Supreme Court chief justice.

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.

Lowenstein Revenue Growth Fueled By Spike in Transactional Practice

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Lowenstein Sandler, one of New Jersey's highest-grossing home-grown firms, enjoyed strong revenue growth last year thanks largely to a marked rise in transactional work.

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.

People in the News - February 5, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

Archer & Greiner attorney Salvatore M. DeBunda was re-elected to a second three-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association by members of the statewide organization, which represents owners and trainers of horses that race at Parx Racing.

McCarter Branches Into Beltway, Acquiring D.C. Energy Law Firm

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

McCarter & English, New Jersey's largest firm, has expanded its East Coast footprint by opening shop in the nation's capital.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

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.

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

Bogus Court-Appearance Notices Can Email Viruses, Lawyers Told

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Courts around the country are circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings.

Partners for Women and Justice Thank Volunteer Attorneys

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Notice to the bar.

Capitol Report

Jena Morrow : New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A round-up of action from Trenton in the final days of the lame duck session.

People in the News - January 23, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

Philip D. Amoa, a corporate attorney from McCarter & English's Philadelphia office, was elected to the board of directors of Philadelphia VIP.

Judge Blocks Generic Version of Actavis Drug

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

A judge has denied a bid by Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Lupin Ltd. to launch a generic version of the Actavis oral contraceptive Lo Loestrin. The ruling is a big-dollar win for Covington & Burling; Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto; and McCarter & English.

Lawyers: Grudges Fueling Rock 'n' Roll Trademark Cases

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The desire to prevent former bandmates from trading on past glory is driving two federal trademark cases, with current members of the bands Boston and the J. Geils Band trading bitter accusations with former members about who can claim the names.

Disqualification of McCarter & English Sought in Accounting Malpractice Suit

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A hedge fund suing its accountants for malpractice is trying to kick McCarter & English out as defense counsel, saying the law firm has an irreconcilable conflict of interest.

Furniture Dealer's Arbitration Clause Just Veneer, Judge Says in Bias Case

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Conflicting wording in Raymour & Flanigan's employee handbook has led a federal judge to refuse to enforce a provision calling for arbitration of workplace disputes.

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.

Boston University Settles Bulk of Diode Patent Claims

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

A lawyer for Boston University has informed two federal judges that it is in the process of settling cases with some two-dozen corporate defendants over a patent on light-emitting diodes.

Of Bandmates and Bad Blood

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The desire to prevent former bandmates from trading on past rock and roll glory is driving two similar federal trademark cases, with current members of the bands Boston, and, separately, the J. Geils Band, trading bitter accusations with former members about who can claim the names.

Carried Interests: Current Developments

Joseph E. Bachelder III : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In his Executive Compensation column, Joseph E. Bachelder III, special counsel to McCarter & English, discusses a First Circuit decision that a private equity fund was engaged in a trade or business for purposes of ERISA, which has caused considerable comment on the issue of whether such the same may be held for purposes of capital gains tax treatment on the sale of the fund's portfolio companies, along with proposed federal income tax legislation on capital gains tax treatment.

Ex-Ropes Associate Set to Appeal Retaliation Suit Loss

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

John Ray III, who sued Ropes & Gray for discrimination and retaliation after being asked to leave the firm in 2008, continues to press his case against Ropes even after seeing a judge toss several of his claims and hearing a jury reject the rest of them last month.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Delphine Brown joins Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider's intellectual property group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Extracurricular activities.

Amphastar Hit for Discovery Violations in Patent Dispute

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

A Boston federal magistrate judge has ruled that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals must pay opponent Momenta Pharmaceuticals legal fees in a dispute over Amphastar's failure to produce court-ordered documents.

Amphastar Hit for Discovery Violations in Patent Dispute

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

A Boston federal magistrate judge has ruled that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. must pay opponent Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s legal fees in a dispute over Amphastar's failure to produce court-ordered documents.

Capitol Report

Jena Morrow : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2013

What's happening in Trenton.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

Ex-Judge Ableman Receives Judicial Achievement Award

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 20, 2013

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform presented its 2013 Judicial Leadership Achievement Award to former Delaware Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman.

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

Creditor Can Be Liable for 'False' Use of Firm, Circuit Says

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 15, 2013

A creditor can be exposed to liability under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act where it indicates that a law firm has been retained to collect its debts, but the law firm makes no genuine effort to collect those debts.

Microsoft, SAP Ask Federal Circuit to Bless Anti-Troll Tactic

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Arguing for Microsoft and SAP, Edward Reines said his clients should be able to take on patent assertion entities targeting their customers.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Pepper Hamilton poaches three Goodwin Procter partners to open in Silicon Valley; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr takes a partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Brown Rudnick hires the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen's life sciences practice. .

Microsoft, SAP Ask Federal Circuit to Bless Anti-Troll Tactic

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2013

Arguing for Microsoft and SAP, Edward Reines said his clients should be able to take on patent assertion entities targeting their customers.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Zachary Smith joins Moore & Van Allen's bankruptcy and financial restructuring team as partner in the Charlotte office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

In-House Counsel Profile: Camuto Group LLC's Jessica Elliott

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Camuto Group LLC designs, develops and distributes women's fashion accessories, including footwear and handbags. Vice president and general counsel Jessica Elliott heads a team of one — herself.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2013

Extracurricular Activities.

Mozart: a Good Patent Litigator; Beethoven: a Mean One

Eric J. Evain and Michael P. Kelly : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2013

When skillfully performed, patent litigation is a symphony. The key to a successful patent litigation is an appreciation for the balance that must exist among several distinct parts.

FDIC to Appeal $374 Mil. Windfall for Downey Creditors

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 06, 2013

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware seeking to overturn last month's decision by the Delaware bankruptcy court awarding a $374 million tax refund to the bondholders of Downey Financial Corp., the parent of failed home lender Downey Savings and Loan Association. Under the court's decision, the tax refund will be divided up among Downey Financial's creditors.

How Pa.'s Investment Management Practice Shrank

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2013

Six years after bringing an investment management practice to Philadelphia-based Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, partner Laura Anne Corsell and of counsel Don E. Felice have left to join Newark-based McCarter & English's Philadelphia office.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2013

Extracurricular Activities.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2013

GrayRobinson merges with trial firm Hirschhorn & Bieber; the former managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's Asia practice joins investment bank Moelis & Co.; and Cozen O'Connor launches an international arbitration practice..

Village Super Market of PA Inc. v. Director, Division of Taxation

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2013

Plaintiff's interactions with two New Jersey business entities establish sufficient minimum contacts to meet the requirement of presence-based nexus with New Jersey and it therefore is required to file Corporate Business Tax returns and pay CBT taxes.

McCarter Attorney Appointed To DSBA Drafting Committee

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 30, 2013

Philip D. Amoa, an attorney in the Philadelphia office of McCarter & English, was appointed to serve on a drafting committee of the council of the corporation law section of the Delaware State Bar Association.

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

Never-Used Superior Court Business Arbitration Program Ends

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 30, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's ruling last week striking down the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration program as unconstitutional is also said to invalidate a virtually unknown, never-used business arbitration program adopted three years ago by the Delaware Superior Court. The Superior Court's confidential arbitration program is identical to the Chancery Court arbitration and included the use of public judges, a feature the Third Circuit found violated the First Amendment.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Ten firms announce new additions, among other news.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Extracurricular activities.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Several firms announce new additions, including Davis Polk, Sills Cummis, FoxRothschild, Reed Smith, and more.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge both lose partners ahead of a merger vote that would unite the two firms; Hogan Lovells hires three corporate partners from Kaye Scholer; and Troutman Sanders adds three lawyers to three different offices. .