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Ropes & Gray LLP

  • Designation: Boston
  • Head Count: 1,006
  • Gross Revenues: $997,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $990,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,710,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Ropes & Gray is a Boston-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Ropes & Gray has 1006 attorneys and is the 23rd largest firm in the United States.  With $997,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 24th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Ropes & Gray ranked as the 31st highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, IL, London, MA, NY and RI.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 24 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 24 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 23 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 9 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 13 2 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 59 -4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 5 3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 20 1 Summer programs

In the News

Valley IP Litigator Leaves Bingham

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 30, 2014

Sasha Rao said the possibility of client conflicts in a Bingham-Morgan Lewis merger led her to make an exit plan.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Kirkland's Latest Raid Targets Skadden, But Simpson Partner Slips Away

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

A few months after losing out in its pursuit of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett IPO specialist Joshua Ford Bonnie, Kirkland & Ellis has poached Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom corporate finance partner Richard Aftanas in New York.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 23, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : October 22, 2014

Kramer Levin, White & Case, Borah Goldstein and Bracewell & Giuliani have each added attorneys, while White & Case has promoted four attorneys to partner.

Kirkland Loses One PE Partner, Pays Top Dollar for Another

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral addition, Kirkland & Ellis poached Weil, Gotshal & Manges private equity partner Douglas Ryder in New York. The hire is the latest in a series of notable moves by Kirkland, which also recently raided Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong, but will lose the founding partner of its San Francisco office to a longtime private equity client.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 20, 2014

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Associates Class of 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Associates Class of 2014: A-C

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Dickstein Shapiro IP Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips adds a three-partner West Coast IP team from struggling Dickstein Shapiro; Boies Schiller loses a litigator to Barclays, but grabs Al Franken's former general counsel; Davis Polk and Willkie Farr bring back partners from public service; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Patent Battle Over Teva's Copaxone Heads to High Court

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : October 14, 2014

The case could set a precedent requiring the Federal Circuit to defer to district court claim construction rulings, a move that would shift power from the Federal Circuit and could make it more difficult for lawyers to get patent decisions reversed on appeal. 

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Judge Rejects Class Actions Against Disk Drive Manufacturers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : October 06, 2014

In a win for defense lawyers, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said plaintiffs hadn't shown a price-fixing conspiracy resulted in widespread damages.

These Deals Help Save the World

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Asian Lawyer : October 06, 2014

To mitigate global warming, Ropes & Gray and Dentons have pioneered new forms of finance in the Seychelles and Cambodia.

London Calling for US Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Gibson Dunn, Kaye Scholer and Paul Hastings all made major lateral hires in London this week by raiding their British brethren. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Top Trial Attorney at Ropes & Gray Heads to Choate Hall

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2014

Joan Lukey is leaving Ropes & Gray to join the much smaller Boston-based firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart as a partner and chairwoman of its complex trial and appellate litigation group.

The 2014 Global Legal Awards Winners

: The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

The second-annual American Lawyer Global Legal Awards honor the deals or disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

GSK's Record Fine Means More Compliance Work for Firms

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 29, 2014

A Chinese court recently handed down a $490 million penalty against the U.K. drugmaker for corruption, a sign the country's regulators are getting more aggressive with foreign companies. For investigations lawyers, it also signals a likely uptick in an already busy practice.

These Deals Help Save the World

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

To mitigate global warming, Ropes & Gray and Dentons pioneered new forms of finance.

Am Law 100 Firms Toast Beer, Aluminum Deals in Russia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Despite worries over Western sanctions, a trio of Am Law 100 firms sidled up for the $700 million sale of Pabst Brewing Co. to Russia's Oasis Beverages, while Russian veteran Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised aluminum giant United Company Rusal on its recent $5.15 billion debt restructuring.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2014

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Gabrielle Higgins, Ropes & Gray

: The Recorder : September 18, 2014

Higgins, the first woman IP litigation partner in her firm's Silicon Valley office, represents the likes of Motorola, Xbox and Windows in high-stakes cases.

Ropes & Gray Recruits U.S. Federal Prosecutor for Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 16, 2014

Patrick Sinclair joins the Boston-based firm from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he was the deputy chief of the general crimes section.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

'Transformational' Change to Patent System, 3 Years In

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : September 16, 2014

When the America Invents Act was enacted three years ago, no one knew just how significant it actually would turn out to be.

Sidley Snags Cam Kerry, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 13, 2014

Sidley Austin has hired Cameron Kerry, a former general counsel and acting secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department and younger brother of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as senior counsel in Boston and Washington, D.C. The Am Law Daily looks at Kerry's hire and more in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Pharma Sector Takes a Dose of Postgrant Patent Review

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : September 09, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies generally have been slow to avail themselves of postgrant patent proceedings. Until now.