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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

Target Suffers New Blow in Data Breach Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : December 19, 2014

Just weeks after Target Corp. failed to escape claims that it's liable for a massive data breach that cost banks billions of dollars, a judge refused to dismiss most of a proposed consumer class action over the same late-2013 hack attack.

U.S. Files Motion to Intervene in Rikers Class Action

: New York Law Journal : December 19, 2014

The Justice Department moved to intervene in a class action challenging punitive segregation and widespread violence against 16-to-18-year-old inmates at Rikers Island.

Predictive Tool Examines PTAB Data

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : December 16, 2014

Docket Alarm analyzes Patent Trial and Appeals Board data to predict outcomes and settlements.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Another Star London Lateral

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.

Merck Buys Cubist for $9.5B

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : December 15, 2014

Drugmaker Merck & Co., in Whitehouse Station, N.J., on Dec. 8 announced it has paid about $9.5 billion in cash and stock to acquire biopharmaceutical company Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Lexington, Mass.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : December 15, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Dealmaker of the Week: Olivia Tyrrell of Baker & McKenzie

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : December 12, 2014

Olivia Tyrrell, a 38-year-old corporate partner with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, led a deal team from the firm composed almost entirely of women in advising pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. on its $9.5 billion buy of Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

Kirkland Poaches Winston & Strawn's Litigation Chair

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.

Med-Device Co.'s Obligation Grows to $80M Following Plea

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : December 09, 2014

A federal criminal investigation against Stryker subsidiary OtisMed Corp. over sales of an unapproved surgical product concluded on Dec. 8 with guilty pleas from the company and its former CEO, and their agreement to financial penalties that, together with the settlement of a related qui tam action, amount to more than $80 million.

Skadden Says 'Aloha' to Busy December Deal Week

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

As the holiday season rolls around, transactional work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is ramping up. The firm recently grabbed a role on a handful of big deals worth more than $15 billion for clients like Hawaiian Electric Industries, Japan's Ostuka Holdings, the Robb Report and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund.

The Settlement Privilege and the Threat of Legal Action

Stanley S. Arkin and Lisa C. Solbakken : The Corporate Counselor : December 03, 2014

Is there a time when extortionate threats of meritless litigation become a criminal act that should be exempt from the settlement privilege?

Dealing With a Data Breach

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : December 02, 2014

ALM cybersecurity summit offers data breach recovery tips.

U.S. Firms in London: Who's Leading, Who's Lagging?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Am Law 100 firms employ some 6,000 lawyers in London, including some of the hottest lateral hires in years. A look at their track record reveals some surprises.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : November 28, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, while promotions were announced at Latham & Watkins, McDermott Will & Emery, and Ropes & Gray.

Continental Breakfast with Charlie Geffen, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : November 26, 2014

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior legal sector figures at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new London corporate head Charlie Geffen discusses the continued exodus of private equity partners from U.K. to U.S. firms in London.

Continental Breakfast with Gibson Dunn's Charlie Geffen

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : November 25, 2014

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior legal sector figures at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week, Charlie Geffen discusses life after being ousted from his former managerial position at Ashurst and his new role as head of Gibson Dunn's London corporate practice.

Dealmakers of the Week: Cary Hyden and Paul Tosetti of Latham & Watkins

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 21, 2014

The two corporate partners led the deal for Latham & Watkins' representation of Allergan in a hotly contested takeover battle against Valeant Pharmaceuticals that ended with the company being bought by Actavis plc.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 20, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Korea's Competitive Legal Market Puts Pressure on Price

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

Since free trade agreements opened the country's legal market to foreign firms in 2012, some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms have planted flags in Seoul, putting pressure on legal fees and ramping up competition between foreign and local firms.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ropes & Gray Hires in Seoul

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 17, 2014

Corporate partner Hyo Young Kang makes the move from Linklaters.

Couples Ask Justices to Decide on Same-Sex Marriage

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Gay and lesbian couples in all six cases in which a federal appellate court recently upheld bans on same-sex marriage and recognition of those marriages are now before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to resolve the constitutional question.

On the Move

: The Recorder : November 17, 2014

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

Wachtell Rides Allergan, Halliburton to $100 Billion Deal Day

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 17, 2014

The Am Law 100's most profitable firm on a per partner basis took the lead on two big deals announced Monday: Halliburton's $34.6 billion acquisition of oil services rival Baker Hughes and Botox maker Allergan on its proposed $66 billion sale to Actavis. A half-dozen other Am Law 100 firms also had key roles on both transactions.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Dragon Founders Lose Again Despite 'Sloppy' Goldman Advice

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 13, 2014

Sometimes bad advice is negligence, and sometimes it's just bad advice.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : November 10, 2014

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

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Legal Hero Joins the Web Services Crowd

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : November 07, 2014

Geared toward small businesses, it starts with an emphasis on New York and Massachusetts.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 06, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.