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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

February Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015

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.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2015

With plans under way for a new facility, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Inc. has closed on the sale of its Midtown South office building for $135 million.

How Bingham Failed: The Inside Story

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 14, 2015

Three years ago, Bingham McCutchen was literally a case study in successful management. 
Now it's dead. A look at last days of a high flyer and the stumbles that sealed its fate.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 08, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Ropes & Gray Recruits Real Estate Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2015

Ed Sheremeta was previously a partner at DLA Piper.

Star Litigators Depart, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2015

An array of high-profile litigators from Irell & Manella and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi are starting their own firms as January's annual “running of the laterals” begins. Also, Hinshaw & Culbertson hires Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel; a Bingham McCutchen partner and ex-Cadwalader leader find new homes; Blank Rome opens in Pittsburgh; Greenberg Traurig goes to Tokyo; Quinn Emanuel heads to Seattle; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Pending Same-Sex Marriage Petitions

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2015

A quick look at the petitions and their counsels of record scheduled for the justices' Jan. 9 conference.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Allergan / Actavis; Halliburton / Baker Hughes; Publicis / Sapient; LabCorp / Covance; BB&T / Susquehanna; Cott / DSS Group; Chiquita / Cutrale

DPAs and Plea Agreements: The Tradeoffs

Jonathan Schmidt, Kevin Daly and Lauren Modelski : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2015

While deferred prosecution agreements remain a staple of the government's enforcement arsenal, sophisticated players no longer necessarily assume that a DPA is preferable to a plea agreement.

A Buyers' Bonanza in Seoul

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

An influx of foreign firms in Korea has led to rock-bottom rates for some legal services.

Taming the Beast

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

As China cracks down on corruption, international firms with FCPA expertise are gearing up.

Continental Breakfast: After the Magic Circle, A New Start

Chris Johnson : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

Former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen dishes about his move to Gibson Dunn

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

Billion-dollar transactions in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Nordic countries.

Settlement Talks Scheduled in Rikers Inmate Safety Suit

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : December 31, 2014

Attorneys for plaintiffs and New York City are working on settling major elements of the litigation over inmate safety and use of excessive force at Rikers Island.

Sony Hires Wilmer as Class Actions Pile Up

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 30, 2014

A team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has been hired by Sony Pictures to represent the company as it confronts a series of class actions in the wake of a cyberattack. The firm is no stranger to handling such cases, having represented JP Morgan in its own massive security breach.

As Inversion Deal Work Tapers Off, Am Law Firms Carry On

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : December 24, 2014

The frantic pace of inversion deals that once saved U.S. corporations millions of dollars in taxes while heaping riches on the law firms that helped structure them are slowing to a crawl. But M&A attorneys interviewed by The Am Law Daily say there is still plenty of other deal work to keep them busy.

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.