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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, MA, NY, RI and VA.

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

Ted Olson Says He May Skip Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 17, 2015

Theodore Olson, who argued a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage two years ago, might not be in the audience when the court revisits the issue April 28. "I was having a dinner party last night, and several [people], including one D.C. Circuit judge said, 'Don't go, you'll just be frustrated,' " Olson recounted Friday.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 16, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Docket Chat: Same-Sex Marriage, Lethal Injection Dominate April Calendar

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : April 15, 2015

The landmark same-sex marriage cases set for argument April 28 are the biggest—but not the only significant—cases that will be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in the next two weeks, the final argument cycle of the current term.

Michigan Firm Stays Out of Gay Marriage Case

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

The private-practice lawyer who will defend Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court is working independently from his firm, Warner Norcross & Judd, which declined to get involved in the litigation.


: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

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.

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.

Ropes, Sullivan & Cromwell Lead MYOB's $636M IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 06, 2015

Bain Capital is selling some of its shares in the Australian enterprise software company four years after buying it from Archer Capital for $1.3 billion.

Two High-Stakes High Court Debuts

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Lawyers in first outings before Supreme Court will argue landmark marriage cases.

Supreme Court Veteran, First-Time Advocate to Argue for Gay Marriage

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : March 31, 2015

Veteran U.S. Supreme Court practitioners and lawyers making their debuts before the justices will make the landmark arguments over same-sex marriage before the high court on April 28.

Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015

: New York Law Journal : March 30, 2015

In this Special Report, the New York Law Journal recognizes the tenacity and creativity of professionals working daily to create a diverse legal community, and to share ideas that worked.

Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015: Ropes & Gray

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : March 30, 2015

Despite Ropes & Gray's expansion in New York in the last decade, its Boston roots may have posed an obstacle to diversity. But the firm has been trying to change perceptions, and has received high rankings and numerous awards for diversity with an approach that amounts to a full-court press on law students of diverse backgrounds.

Gibson Dunn and Ropes & Gray Handle Health Care Joint Venture

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represents Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Dallas in a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

Marriage-Rights Advocates at Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

As with other potentially landmark challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyer egos, client wishes and historic high stakes in the same-sex marriage cases have become a classic recipe for a difficult, sometimes tense discussion about who will argue before the justices.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : March 23, 2015

Nine firms, including Blank Rome, Dickstein Shapiro and Paul Hastings, announce new additions.

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 20, 2015

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago's Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up Data Protection Group Head

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 18, 2015

Robinson & Cole has poached privacy and data protection group head Linn Freedman from Nixon Peabody. Freedman will lead Robinson & Cole's newly formed privacy and security data team, following in the footsteps of a number of Am Law 200 firms that have made hires in a practice area that barely existed several years ago.

National Firm Adds Attorneys to Conn. Corporate and Finance Practice

Jay Stapleton : The Connecticut Law Tribune : March 12, 2015

A national law firm is expanding its corporate and finance practice in Connecticut, adding two new partners in the state and a third who will eventually split her time between New York and Stamford.

To Satisfy Clients, Law Firms Submit to Cybersecurity Scrutiny

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

At least a dozen Am Law 200 and Magic Circle firms have attained a certification called ISO 27001 to demonstrate they're taking steps toward protecting their documents and communication systems from security breaches, and at least 21 more are in the process of seeking the certification. But even those measures are not enough for some of their biggest bank clients, which demand even tougher standards to guard against cyberattacks.

Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 12, 2015

Wilson Reps Blue Coat in $2.4B Sale to Bain Capital

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 10, 2015

Deal paves way for data-security company that went private in 2012 to go public again.

With Cash Easy to Come By, Dip Seen in IPOs

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 06, 2015

Late stage funding at high valuations may account for thin pipeline and explain 2015's kind-of-slow start.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 05, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : March 04, 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.

O'Melveny Taps U.S. Federal Prosecutor for APAC Matters

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : March 03, 2015

New partner Ronald Cheng will work from Hong Kong and Los Angeles as a part of the firm's white collar defense and corporate investigations group.

In-House Counsel Profile: Sterling Partners LLC's Avi Epstein

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

"We own 30 companies and we make all critical decisions. So rather than build a team of 10 lawyers, we find an expert for every type of legal need."

The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 02, 2015

In its boldest move yet, the verein is betting big on the Chinese economy.