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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

The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

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

East Texas Jury Hits Apple With $533 Million Patent Verdict

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 25, 2015

Apple and its lawyers at Ropes & Gray lost the year's first mega-patent infringement verdict this week, when a jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded nearly $533 million to patent licensing company Smartflash LLC after finding that Apple willfully infringed three data storage patents.

NPE Wins $532.9 Million in Patent Suit Against Apple

John Council : Texas Lawyer : February 25, 2015

The big verdict proves once again that Eastern District of Texas jurors do not care if a plaintiff is a "nonpracticing entity"—a company that owns a patent but produces no products—according to lawyers.

Federal Court OKs Pre-Bankruptcy Tender Offer, Settlement

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 25, 2015

A federal judge has upheld a pre-bankruptcy settlement involving $4 billion in first lien notes, rejecting the trustee's arguments that the settlement treated those within the same creditor class differently and that tender offers should not be used in the bankruptcy context.

Ropes & Gray Ramps Up in Data Security, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 24, 2015

A data privacy expert joins Ropes & Gray on the West Coast; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Mayer Brown; Epstein Becker & Green's 15-lawyer raid lands it an office in Princeton; Cleary Gottlieb hires a former Sullivan & Cromwell tax partner and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Dealmakers of the Week: Charles Mulaney Jr. and Michael Hatchard of Skadden

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 20, 2015

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Mulaney and Hatchard led the way for Broomfield, Colorado-based Ball Corp. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of fellow can maker Rexam PLC.

Litigator of the Week: $15.7 Million Patent Verdict Win

John Council : Texas Lawyer : February 19, 2015

A jury deliberated for less than an hour before handing Demetrios Anaipakos' NPE client a victory against defendant Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 19, 2015

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

Using the Common Interest Privilege in Transactions

Harvey Wolkoff and Stacylyn Dewey : Corporate Counsel : February 18, 2015

The common interest privilege is expanding, and corporations and corporate officials should take note.

Stay Transparent and Local to Accomplish Global E-Discovery

Christopher DiMarco : Law Technology News : February 17, 2015

Legaltech panel discusses the confounding challenges of international e-discovery laws.

NYLJ's Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015

: New York Law Journal : February 13, 2015

The New York Law Journal's Diversity Initiative Project 2015 recognizes commitment to creating a diverse legal community and sustained efforts to reach that goal.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Marko Zatylny of Ropes & Gray

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

Zatylny advised New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. in its $15.2 billion acquisition of Hospira, giving it a foothold in the international sterile injectables market.

Securities Lawyers Flocking to Delaware

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : February 06, 2015

Wilmington is the venue of choice for plaintiffs lawyers drawn by the prospect of fat fees, and defense lawyers who like its consistent and corporate-friendly legal climate.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Advise on Pfizer's Bid for Hospira

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Am Law firms working on a $15.2 billion pharmaceutical transaction between Pfizer and Hospira; a $10.54 billion telecom deal between Frontier and Verizon; a $7.3 billion asset sale by building material manufacturers Holcim and Lafarge; and a $6.3 billion merger between Staples and Office Depot.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Polsinelli's Revenue Soars While PPP Dips

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

Fast-growing Polsinelli continued expanding in 2014, with revenue jumping 13.4 percent to $368 million for its fiscal year ending Oct. 31. The Kansas City, Mo.-based firm has more than doubled its revenue since 2010. Meanwhile, profits per partner dropped 5 percent to $650,000, partly due to the equity partner ranks rising by nearly 7 percent to 112.

Ropes & Gray Adds Hong Kong Investigations Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015

Hong Kong-qualified Andrew Dale joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2015

Nick Ferguson : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015

We reveal the contenders for our annual awards ahead of a gala dinner in Hong Kong on March 3.

February Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015

Polsinelli's Super Bowl Shuffle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2015

Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2015

The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of nine deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week.


: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

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

Who Will Argue Same-Sex Marriage Cases in High Court?

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

History-making arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage are still more than three months away, but the strategizing among lawyers has already begun.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 22, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Ex-PepsiCo Counsel Joins Dean Foods as GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2015

Marc Kesselman is joining Dean Foods Co. as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Davis Polk Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2015

A Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner in Silicon Valley leaves the firm to return to the business side; Greenberg Traurig grows in Mexico City; Hogan Lovells expands in Vietnam; Wilmer adds a new lobbying cochair and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fiduciary Exception to Privilege in Law Firm Communications Upheld

Justin Y.K. Chu and Leah Quadrino : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2015

Justin Y.K. Chu and Leah Quadrino write that last month, the Commercial Division in Manhattan broke with a nationwide trend among state courts, applying what is sometimes referred to as a "fiduciary exception" to the attorney-client privilege to permit a former client to take discovery relating to otherwise confidential internal communications between a lawyer and his firm's general counsel.

Jon A. Baughman, Former Chairman of Pepper Hamilton, Dies

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2015

Jon A. Baughman, a trial lawyer who served as chairman of Pepper Hamilton's executive committee from 1992-94, died Monday following a long illness.