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Shearman & Sterling LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 821
  • Gross Revenues: $845,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,030,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,905,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Shearman & Sterling is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Shearman & Sterling has 821 attorneys and is the 41st largest firm in the United States.  With $845,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 34th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Shearman & Sterling ranked as the 42nd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 34 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 34 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 41 -7 Lawyer head count
The A-List 24 -14 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 26 -13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 15 6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 60 19 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 75 12 Summer programs

In the News

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 30, 2015

Lateral Litigator Love: November's Biggest Moves

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : November 30, 2015

There's no place like a new law firm for the holidays. A series of star litigators made the leap to new firms in the waning weeks of the year, with securities and intellectual property litigators in especially high demand. Here's a look at some of November's most notable moves.

Foreign Law Firms Grab a Share of Canada's Legal Market

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : The American Lawyer : November 25, 2015

International mergers are transforming the Canadian legal scene. Will Canadian law firms have to change their game?

Cleary, Shearman on Dali Foods $1.2B IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 22, 2015

The snack-food company's market debut is the largest this year for a privately held Chinese concern.

Deal Watch: Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell Light Up on Big Gas Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2015

Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.

City of Atlanta: Government

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : November 19, 2015

The city's legal department is building a reputation as a place that handles huge cases in-house rather than farming them out to private firms. It's also becoming known for allowing attorneys new to the department to play cleanup hitter, and not just utility infielder, in these big games.

The Guantánamo Bar: Thomas Wilner

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 18, 2015

Still in the fray, 13 years after filing one of the first Guantánamo-related suits.

White & Case Retrenches in Germany With Munich Closure

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.

Three Kenyon Attorneys Join Shearman IP Practice

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : November 12, 2015

Mark Hannemann, Thomas Makin and Matthew Berkowitz joined Shearman & Sterling this week, doubling the number of partners in its intellectual property litigation practice. The three-partner team had spent nearly their entire career at the 100-attorney Kenyon IP boutique, where Hannemann was an executive committee member.

Wilson Elser Expands in Texas, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 11, 2015

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

For Military Members, Smooth Transition to Law Jobs Isn't Easy

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 11, 2015

Military members Olaseni Bello and Corey Gray faced difficulties this year when they tried to find jobs in law. Both those challenges were surmountable after they took the same opportunity one weekend in Washington. The second annual veterans' legal career fair this spring will give veterans, active-duty military members and their spouses two days to network and interview with employers in the legal industry, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the fair's founder and sponsor, said this month.

At Some Firms More Than Others, Women Lag Among New Partners

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2015

Just over a third of the U.S. lawyers promoted to partner by the country's largest firms last year were female, according to a new study, while several Am Law firms invited only men to the partner ranks.

Internal Investigations

: New York Law Journal : November 09, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "Key Considerations for Obtaining Insurance Coverage for Internal Investigations," "Before the Knock on the Door," "DOJ Issues Policy on Holding Individuals Accountable for Corporate Malfeasance" and "Cultural and Business Practices Complicate Investigations in Developing Countries."

Firms Feted for Pro Bono Work

: New York Law Journal : November 06, 2015

Duane Morris and Fried Frank along with individual attorneys were honored with Cornerstone Awards from the Lawyers Alliance for New York, recognizing outstanding pro bono legal services provided to nonprofit organizations.

SEC Behind Times in 'Modernizing' Administrative Proceedings

William F. Johnson : New York Law Journal : November 05, 2015

In his Corporate Crime column, William F. Johnson discusses how the SEC has proposed amendments to its Rules of Practice in an apparent effort to provide a more fair process for respondents in administrative proceedings. He writes that these proposals, although a step in the right direction, still do not go far enough to leveling the playing field for respondents.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 05, 2015

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

Wilson Sonsini Reps HomeAway in $3.9B Sale

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 04, 2015

Expedia is buying the vacation home rental platform company, whose sites compete with Airbnb.

Marketplace: Companies Partner in Development of $8.6B Manhattan West Complex

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : November 04, 2015

A subsidiary of Brookfield Property Partners has formed a joint venture with Qatar Investment Authority in the development of Manhattan West. Upon completion, the estimated value of the five-building, mixed-use complex, is anticipated to reach $8.6 billion. Also, Kaufman & Company, a Cleveland-based law firm, has moved its New York City offices to 420 Lexington Ave.

Herbert Smith Freehills Is Latest to Grow in Germany with Düsseldorf Launch

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : November 03, 2015

The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world's top law firms.

The Guantánamo Roster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Firms involved in detainee representation.

Guantanamo: Down to the Wire

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : November 01, 2015

In Obama's final months, the "Gitmo bar" doubles down.

'Lawyers Without Borders' Partners With Big Law in New D.C. Operation

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 27, 2015

Lawyers Without Borders Inc., the U.S.-based rule-of-law advocacy group, has opened a bureau in Washington, where it can base some operations and develop relationships with underwriters, with its subcontractors and with partners in the legal community. "In the rule of law sector, having a presence in Washington has really improved our relationships," Christina Storm, the group's executive director and founder, said.

Witnesses to Justice: Confronting the Rwandan Genocide

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : October 26, 2015

For 15 years, Shearman & Sterling sent legions of associates to support the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.The firm wins the Global Legal Award for lifetime citizenship work.

This Weeks Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 22, 2015

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Stack Their Chips and Help Sell Stuy Town

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 22, 2015

Despite continued consolidation in the chipmaking sector, it was a real estate deal with a history steeped in the global financial crisis that was a reunion of sorts for several Am Law 100 firms.

Panel Affirms Broader Remedy for Investors in RMBS Litigation

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2015

A unanimous First Department panel, applying reasoning from several federal cases, has adopted a pro-investor interpretation of key contract provisions common to a slew of state-law residential mortgage-backed securities cases.

SanDisk, KLA-Tencor Are Latest M&A Targets

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 21, 2015

Deal lawyers seeing frenzied pace as consolidation continues with purchases of $19 billion and $10.6 billion, respectively.

Plaintiffs Suing Suffolk May Proceed Anonymously

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : October 19, 2015

Plaintiffs alleging that Suffolk County police officers have a policy, pattern and practice of discriminatory policing against Latinos may proceed with the putative class action anonymously, a judge has ruled.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 15, 2015

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

'Low Bono' Project Aims to Close Gap for Modest-Income Clients

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : October 15, 2015

Nineteen New York law firms have pledged $1.9 million to help provide affordable legal services to people who make too much to qualify for free legal aid. This marks the second "low bono" project announced this year by firms attempting to address the pressing need for legal services in this market.