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Ropes & Gray LLP

  • Designation: Boston
  • Head Count: 1,106
  • Gross Revenues: $1,390,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,255,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,015,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 9

Ropes & Gray is a Boston-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Ropes & Gray has 1041 attorneys and is the 21st largest firm in the United States.  With $1,115,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 22nd on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Ropes & Gray ranked as the 28th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, IL, MA, NY and RI.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 13 9 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 13 9 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

Four Am Law 100 Firms on $822M Momo Privatization

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 04, 2016

Simpson Thacher, Skadden and Ropes & Gray are representing members in a buyout group led by Alibaba, while Shearman & Sterling advises a special committee at the Chinese chat app developer.

Digital Health is Disrupting the Law Too: Four Legal Frontiers to Watch

James DeGraw and Georgina Jones Suzuki, Ropes & Gray : Legaltech News : April 25, 2016

Businesses are increasingly launching novel products and services that do not fit neatly into existing legal frameworks.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100 eked out gains across major financial metrics in 2015. But growth was the slowest in years.

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

Am Law Echoes: A Look at Rankings Past and Present

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.

DLA Piper Practice Leader Starts Commercial Litigation Shop

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

Patrick Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper's white-collar and investigations group, has formed a new firm in New York called Smith Villazor with Rodney Villazor, a fellow former federal prosecutor who joined the global legal giant's litigation group last year.

Holland & Knight, Choate Hall Latest Firms Tapped for Sex Abuse Work

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

The two Am Law 200 firms have been hired by Phillips Exeter Academy to probe sexual abuse allegations roiling the elite New Hampshire-based boarding school.

Judge Refuses to Grant Skelos, Son New Trial

: The Associated Press : April 18, 2016

A judge has refused to grant a new trial to former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his adult son after concluding that evidence produced by the government supported the jury verdict.

Dykema Defectors Form New Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 13, 2016

Six firms announce new additions, including Loeb & Loeb, where Philippe Manteau will serve as chair of the Western Europe corporate practice.

Who Will Represent the Firm Behind the 'Panama Papers'?

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2016

Mossack Fonseca says it hasn't yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bracewell Sees Departures in New York, Houston

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

More moves from the firm formerly known as Bracewell & Giuliani.

2016 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : April 06, 2016

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2016 Rising Stars by a panel of 24 esteemed judges.

Circumnavigating the E-Discovery Globe

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : April 05, 2016

E-discovery experts can run into choppy waters when trying to adapt to local culture while still maintaining U.S. discovery standards.

Spring Forward: What Top Litigator Lateral Moves Tell Us About the Market

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 05, 2016

Demand for litigators seems to be lagging behind corporate, regulatory and transactional specialists--consistent with predictions by some consultants earlier this year. So what do recent lateral moves tell us about the market for litigators?

Florida Gay Rights Advocates Win Case 9 Months After High Court Victory

Noreen Marcus : Daily Business Review : April 05, 2016

A federal judge issues summary judgment in an order highly critical of Florida state agencies in companion same-sex marriage cases.

Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 05, 2016

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

Frances Ivens : The Am Law Daily : April 04, 2016

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

INADMISSIBLE: George Mason Law to Take Scalia's Name

: The National Law Journal : April 04, 2016

George Mason University School of Law will be renamed for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the request of an anonymous donor who gave $20 million to the school. Plus more in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : March 28, 2016

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

Latham's Asia Reboot

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 28, 2016

Will Latham & Watkins' high-profile new hires in Hong Kong allow it to pull away from the pack?

$2M in Fees, Costs Awarded in Tennessee Gay Marriage Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : March 25, 2016

A federal district judge in Tennessee on Friday awarded $2 million in legal fees and costs to Ropes & Gray and other firms that successfully fought the state's same-sex marriage ban.

McGuireWoods Bags Big BofA Book, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 23, 2016

McGuireWoods heads to San Francisco after a Reed Smith raid; Kirkland launches a Houston tax practice; Sidley Austin snags a high-powered IP team from Ropes & Gray; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sidley, Holland Boost IP Practice With New Hires

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : March 22, 2016

Sidley Austin has hired a trio of IP partners from Ropes & Gray and Holland & Knight has added partners from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and now-defunct Dickstein Shapiro.

Man Who Shot Ex-Ropes & Gray Partner Given Life Sentence

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 18, 2016

More than three years after former Ropes & Gray partner and Jones Walker special counsel Sanford “Sandy” Kaynor Jr. was shot twice and left for dead, his assailant was given a 362-year prison sentence in a New Orleans criminal court.

Deal Watch: Foxconn Taps Baker & McKenzie for Sharp Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 07, 2016

Sharp Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer, is on the verge of being bought by Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. in a nearly $6 billion deal.

Windy City Welcomes Two Midsize Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 07, 2016

K&L Gates and Sidley Austin disgorge partners to new Chicago offices for other firms; a bevy of moves at legal giants Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright; Schulte Roth bolts on a broker-dealer group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.