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Ropes & Gray LLP

  • Designation: Boston
  • Head Count: 1,008
  • Gross Revenues: $945,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $940,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,585,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Ropes & Gray is a Boston-based law firm. The firm ranked 27th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 ranking of U.S. law firms, based on 2010 gross revenue of $822,500,000. Ropes & Gray has ranked in the top 75 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. In terms of size, according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, the firm has 928 attorneys and is the 22nd largest law firm in the United States. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, Ropes & Gray ranked as the 31st highest grossing law firm in the world. Ropes & Gray is a business law firm. Its practice areas include corporate; environmental; intellectual property and technology; litigation; and tax. The firm has several offices in the United States.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 23 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 23 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 24 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 17 2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 41 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 55 -9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 5 3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 20 1 Summer programs

In the News

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court on Monday will set out to distinguish patent-eligible inventions from mere abstract ideas. This time the court will be doing it in the context of computerized business methods, and that has Silicon Valley lawyers paying extra attention.

Judge Tosses Suit That Gripped Swath of Valley Players

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila dismissed a suit accusing Airbnb, Facebook and other e-commerce companies of disregarding state regulations for money transmitters.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

The SEC and federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

Technicality Forces U.S. Resident to Forfeit Passport

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The State Department has revoked the passport of a man who has lived here since 1989 because the agency decided it had made a mistake by recognizing his citizenship in the first place—and now an appellate court has concluded it can't remedy the injustice.

Attorney Fee Award in Patent Case Doesn't Extend to Appeal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

After winning $6 million in fees from trial judge, Becton Dickinson loses bid to collect more on appeal.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Fried Frank, a Strong Year Ahead of Leadership Change

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Fried, Frank, Harris & Jacobson's Valerie Ford Jacob said Wednesday she is stepping down from her position as cochair on the heels of a year that saw the firm rebound from a shaky 2012 by recording increased revenue and its highest-ever profits per equity partner, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

IPO Lawyers Ready to Work Like It's 1999

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

All signs point to a bumper crop of offerings.

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

Bird & Bird Enters Korea Alliance

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

The U.K. firm has signed a nonexclusive agreement with 95-lawyer Hwang Mok Park.

'Phantom Income' Haunting Ex-Howrey Partners

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

A $41 million settlement reached by the Howrey estate and Baker & Hostetler last year may have been a windfall for the defunct firm's creditors, but it will result in substantial tax bills for former Howrey partners—three of whom insist they shouldn't have to pay.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

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

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

E-Discovery Metrics You Need to Know

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

LegalTech New York e-discovery panel explores changes to e-discovery collection, culling and review.

Chancery Dismisses Fraud Claims in Contract Dispute

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has dismissed fraud claims alleged by the directors of a New Jersey software company to manage their trust department against its acquiring entity, but allowed the claims of breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith to move forward. In allowing the claims of breach of implied covenant of good faith to stand, the court held that the plaintiffs sufficiently pleaded that the defendants' actions may have impacted post-acquisition revenue targets.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 04, 2014

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

Dealmaker of the Week: A&O's Annelies van der Pauw

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Van der Pauw is leading Allen & Overy's team serving as lead counsel to Liberty Global on its acquisition of the 71.5 percent stake in Dutch cable operator Ziggo it did not already own for $9.4 billion.

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

Firms Line Up for Liberty's $9.4 Billion Ziggo Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Liberty Global, the media giant run by billionaire John Malone, has agreed to pay roughly $9.4 billion to buy the 71.5 percent stake in Dutch cable provider Ziggo it does not already own. Allen & Overy and Ropes & Gray are advising Liberty on the acquisition, Freshfields is acting as Ziggo's lead counsel, Shearman & Sterling is representing Ziggo on financing aspects and a pair of Dutch firms are also playing roles in the matter.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Compiled by Jennifer Genova from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources : New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

New Jersey Mergers & Acquisitions.

S.F. Litigator Leaves Orrick for Ropes

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Truck Stop Chains Set to Settle With Class for $130 Mil.

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Lawyers representing a proposed class of about 4,000 independent truck stops announced Tuesday that they've reached a $130 million settlement in their antitrust lawsuit against leading trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc., as well as three national truck-stop chains.

J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference: A Q&A with Ropes & Gray's Ryan Murr and Scott Elliott

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

M&A was a hot topic at last week's summit, which brings together emerging companies and investors.

Sony Loses Bid to Dismiss Data Breach Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

In a ruling that could help consumers who have sued Target and other retailers over data breaches, a federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a class action against Sony Corp. over a 2011 data breach that affected PlayStation users.

Comdata Settles Antitrust Suit with Independent Truck Stops

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Lawyers from Berger & Montague, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein have reached a $130 million settlement on behalf of a proposed class of about 4,000 independent truck stops that filed an antitrust suit against Comdata Inc. and three national truck stop chains.

Supreme Court Snubs SAP Appeal of $391 Million Versata Win

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

According to Versata's lawyers at McKool Smith, the high court's decision in the long-running patent infringement case means SAP has just 15 days to pay up. SAP, however, may not see things that way.

Paper-N-Pizza: For Apollo's Lawyers, It's All M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Friday night just got more fun for five Am Law 100 firms. Paul Hastings, Paul Weiss, Ropes & Gray, Wachtell, and Weil are grabbing a slice of private equity giant Apollo Global Management's $1.3 billion buy of CEC Entertainment, the parent of family restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese's. Meanwhile, Paul Weiss and four other firms are advising on an Apollo-backed company's $1.4 billion buy of specialty paper maker NewPage Holdings.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Japanese brewer and distiller Suntory has reached a deal to buy Beam, the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, in a cash deal worth roughly $16 billion, including the assumption of debt. Also, specialty pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories said last week it has agreed to pay $2.9 billion in cash to acquire Aptalis Pharma.

Federal Judges Guided (Or Not) by Ace Appellate Ruling

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 15, 2014

A recent Appellate Division, First Department ruling on repurchase suits relating to residential mortgage-backed securitizations is not just affecting the New York Commercial Division, it's also impacting federal court -- with mixed results.

Judge Skeptical of Pharmaceutical-Rationing Lawsuit

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

A Boston federal judge criticized the pleadings in two unusual purported class actions against Genzyme Corp. over its rationing of the drug Fabrazyme, complaining that just one of more than 70 plaintiffs appears to have a valid claim.

Justices Review Power of Bankruptcy Judges

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared ready to clean up the disarray it created in 2011 when it cast doubt on the power of bankruptcy court judges to make final judgments in disputed cases.

Trio of Firms Advise on AMPAC Acquisition

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

New Jersey M&As Saw Drop In Number and Value in 2013

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

New Jersey's mergers-and-acquisitions market told a familiar tale in 2013: another year that began with optimism and ended with stagnation.

Am Law 100 Trio Lands Roles on $2.9 Billion Pharma Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Forest Laboratories is acquiring Aptalis Pharma, a pharmaceutical company backed by private equity firm TPG that makes treatments for cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disorders. Debevoise & Plimpton is advising Forest on the acquisition, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is serving as financing counsel. Aptalis and TPG have turned to Ropes & Gray.

Baker Botts Dialed In for Liberty on Sirius XM Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Liberty Media Corp., the holding company controlled by cable magnate John Malone, has turned again to its frequent outside counsel at Baker Botts for representation on its proposed bid to buy the 48 percent of Sirius XM Holdings it doesn't already own in a roughly $10 billion all-stock deal that values the satellite radio company at $27 billion.

IN BRIEF: Appointments Lag

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

President Obama lags behind George W. Bush when it comes to leaving his imprint on the nation's federal courts of appeals, a Brookings Institution report has found. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Doctor Wins $140K After False Misconduct Accusation

DOUGLAS S. MALAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 03, 2014

Paul H. Deutsch, M.D. v. Backus Corporation d/b/a The William W. Backus Hospital: A Norwich doctor was awarded $139,857 after a Hartford jury determined that a Norwich hospital acted in bad faith when it suspended the doctor for professional misconduct based on false information.

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Wilson Sonsini

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Wilson Sonsini's antitrust team has gone from a tiny firm outpost to an industry heavyweight in 10 years.

IP Cases From 2013 That Are Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

Intellectual Property Cases Won in 2013 Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2013

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

Ex-Ropes Associate Set to Appeal Retaliation Suit Loss

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

John Ray III, who sued Ropes & Gray for discrimination and retaliation after being asked to leave the firm in 2008, continues to press his case against Ropes even after seeing a judge toss several of his claims and hearing a jury reject the rest of them last month.

Midsize Private Equity Deals Keep Am Law Firms Busy

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Kirkland and Ropes are advising on Bain's purchase of a majority stake in Bob's Discount Furniture; Simpson Thacher and Perkins Coie have landed roles on The Blackstone Group's $200 million investment in Crocs; and Dickstein Shapiro is representing Brynwood Partners on a pair of transactions announced within the past week.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

In 2013, European dealmaking showed its first signs of health in five years.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

Boies Schiller Tops Other Firms in Associate Bonuses

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

As it does every year, Boies Schiller has awarded associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have matched the range set by Cravath earlier this month.

Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again As Most Match Market

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

As it does every year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the firm's high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set, as usual, by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.

MFY Honors Its Partners in Justice

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2013

MFY Legal Services held its 2013 Pro Bono Recognition Awards Breakfast Friday at the offices of Davis Polk & Waldwell.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Privacy compliance is increasingly a sticking point between targets and acquirers. Lawyers say they're seeing closes delayed, offering prices reduced and some transactions scuttled altogether over privacy risks.

Retaliation Suits Put Firms Up Against the 'Ropes'

Michael Starr and Katherine Healy Marques : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

A second critical maxim of employment law litigation is illustrated by the Ropes & Gray lawsuit: Do not speak ill of the departed.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Lawyers such as Ropes & Gray's James DeGraw say user data policies present a host of challenges.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Lawyers like Ropes & Gray's James DeGraw say user data policies present a host of challenges.

Miami Team Part Of Jones Day's $1.4 Billion Deal

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 04, 2013

A team of Jones Day lawyers in Miami and elsewhere advised France's largest telecommunications company in the $1.435 billion sale of its Dominican affiliate to Luxembourg-based Altice.

In Bankruptcy Dispute, ABA Warns of Caseload Consequences

Jamie Schuman : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

The American Bar Association warns in an brief that , which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear on Jan. 14, could add scores of claims to these already crowded dockets.

Jones Day, Ropes Advise as Orange Sells Dominican Unit

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2013

French telecommunications giant Orange has agreed to sell its Dominican Republic–based subsidiary Orange Dominicana S.A. to Luxembourg-based Altice for $1.44 billion. Jones Day is advising Orange on the deal, while Altice is being represented by Ropes & Gray, French firm Franklin Associes and Dominican firm Castillo y Castillo.

Three Am Law Firms Lead on Bain's Applied Systems Sale

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

Bain Capital said Tuesday it has agreed to sell software maker Applied Systems for $1.8 billion to fellow private equity firms Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity. Bain is being advised on the deal by frequent outside counsel Ropes & Gray, as is Applied. Hellman & Friedman and JMI are, respectively, relying on Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Goodwin Procter as their lead outside counsel.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Sandra Busell joins Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's trusts and estates group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 25, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

IN BRIEF: JPMorgan Warning

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Federal and state prosecutors issued a stern warning to banks on Nov. 19 as enforcement officials announced a record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over its role in the financial crisis: Investigations continue. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Start-Ups Look for Piece of the Legal Research Market

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

The founders of Judicata hope to refresh the search experience, while others go after actionable data.

Jury Sides With Ropes & Gray in Retaliation Lawsuit

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2013

A Boston federal jury took just 2 1/2 hours on Wednesday to reject former associate John Ray III's employment retaliation case against Ropes & Gray, which he'd accused of lashing out after he complained of racial discrimination.

Ropes Partners Take Stand to Rebut Retaliation Claim

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Ropes & Gray partner Diane Patrick took the stand in former associate John Ray III's employment retaliation case on Tuesday to explain why she changed her deposition testimony about whether Ray had informed her that another partner uttered a racial slur in his presence.

Ropes Trial Damages Expert Excluded

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

A Boston federal judge on Monday blocked testimony by former Ropes & Gray associate John Ray III's economic damages expert in his employment retaliation case against the firm on the ground that the expert's written report was vague.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Ousted Associate Testifies Against Ropes & Gray

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2013

A former Ropes & Gray associate testified in a Boston federal courtroom Friday that he sought $21.5 million to settle his charge against the firm that he was retaliated against for complaining about racial discrimination.

What Clients Want: Introductions to Other Clients

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2013

One more way for your firm to stand out: play matchmaker.

Trial Opens in Retaliation Claim Against Ropes & Gray

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

Former Ropes & Gray associate John Ray III's lawyer characterized him as "a man in a hurry" to fit into Ropes' white-shoe world as trial got underway Tuesday on Ray's claims that the firm lashed out at him for filing a discrimination claim.

Can We Go Back to Role Models?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 11, 2013

What Clients Want: Introductions to Other Clients

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2013

Here's one more way for your firm to stand out: play matchmaker.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hires a new president for its international consulting subsidiary; a Mayer Brown lawyer has defected to Freeborn & Peters in Chicago; and the chair of Kaye Scholer's investment funds group has gone to Sidley Austin. .

Ropes & Gray Relocates M&A Co-Head to Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2013

The firm is moving James Lidbury from Chicago to boost its Asia M&A capability.

Ropes Poaches IP Partner From Skadden

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

In Boom Year, Biotech Deal Lawyers Have More Options

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Kannon Shanmugam sits down with to discuss building a practice at a firm that does not have practice groups, amid the competitive and economic pressures of representing clients before the nation's highest court.

Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells Helping AMC Go Global

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

AMC Networks has turned to Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance for counsel on its nearly $1.04 billion purchase of Chellomedia, media and telecommunications giant Liberty Global's international content business. Hogan Lovells is advising Liberty Global.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

Firms Fight Howrey Estate on Unfinished Business Claims

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 23, 2013

Fish Partner Talks About the Strategy Behind Mark Cuban's Win Against the SEC

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2013

In person, billionaire Mark Cuban stands taller and seems calmer than most TV viewers would guess. That disparity between his reputation and reality helped the Dallas Mavericks owner beat the government in court earlier this month, says his lawyer Tom Melsheimer.