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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 835
  • Gross Revenues: $1,128,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,350,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,165,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has 835 attorneys and is the 37th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,128,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 20th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett ranked as the 25th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, NM, NY, OH and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 20 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 20 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 37 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 25 -2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 59 -10 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 32 -3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 56 -6 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 98 -9 Summer programs

In the News

Simpson Thacher Sets High Bar With Associate Bonuses

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 21, 2014

Cravath, Swaine & Moore has long kicked off associate bonus season, but this year saw Simpson Thacher & Bartlett beat its Wall Street rival to the punch with a Friday announcement that was soon followed by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Chancery Ruling Means Shareholder May Pursue Claim Over Zynga IPO

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : November 19, 2014

A corporation's contractual obligations do not trump an individual director's fiduciary duties in cases where the rights of all shareholders collectively are implicated, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Moves at Baker & Hostetler, Norton Rose

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : November 14, 2014

Plus new hires at Dubin Research and Consulting and Wilson Legal Solutions.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 06, 2014

*Simpson, Sullivan & Cromwell on Danone's $565 million Yashili investment*Davis Polk, Clifford Chance on China Hongqiao high-yield bond offer*Herbert Smith Freehills on Tata Motors $750 million bond offer

Judge Approves $275M Deal With Royal Bank of Scotland

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : November 05, 2014

Southern District Judge Loretta Preska on Tuesday gave her final approval to a settlement in litigation commenced by pension funds in 2008 in connection to the packaging and sale of 14 public offerings of "Harborview" series mortgage-backed securities.

Going Above & Beyond

: New York Law Journal : November 04, 2014

Sanctuary for Families last week presented the organization's 12th annual Above & Beyond Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy.

Answering the Call: D.C. Lawyers Work Election Hotline

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 04, 2014

Inside the Election Protection call center, where lawyers talk to voters from Pennsylvania and Florida on behalf of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The voters have called the hotline for help—how to vote, where to vote, what to take, or if they've encountered an issue—and often don't realize they're conferring with some of D.C.'s greatest legal brainpower.

Cornerstone Awards

: New York Law Journal : November 03, 2014

The Lawyers Alliance for New York 2014 held its 17th annual Cornerstone Awards at Credit Suisse in Manhattan Thursday to recognize superior pro bono service by businesses and transactional lawyers to nonprofit organizations.

Special Report: Big Law's Reality Check

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Amid generally flat revenue but rising partner profits, four fundamental changes are roiling the legal marketplace. Is your firm prepared?

Justices Consider Parol Evidence in Merger Litigation

Peter E. Kazanoff and Paul C. Gluckow : Delaware Business Court Insider : October 29, 2014

InNo. 515, 2013 (Del. Sep. 30, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court considered the interaction between two critical documents in the negotiation of many mergers and acquisitions: the letter of intent that outlines the deal and the merger agreement that finalizes it.

Judge Shuts Door on Hotel Price-Fixing Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 28, 2014

Eight months after Hagens Berman got a second chance to press claims that top Internet booking sites and the country's biggest hotel chains conspired to fix room prices, on Tuesday a federal judge in Dallas dismissed the case for good.

Kirkland's Latest Raid Targets Skadden, But Simpson Partner Slips Away

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

A few months after losing out in its pursuit of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett IPO specialist Joshua Ford Bonnie, Kirkland & Ellis has poached Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom corporate finance partner Richard Aftanas in New York.

Edwards Wildman Trio Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Three more Edwards Wildman Palmer partners head elsewhere amid the firm's looming merger vote with Locke Lord; Kirkland's latest lateral raid targets Skadden; a Bingham McCutchen restructuring partner heads in-house; Tom Daschle joins forces with Baker Donelson; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Awards for Pro Bono Service

: New York Law Journal : October 23, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center presented its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 23, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 23, 2014

*Three firms on Medibank Private Ltd.'s $4.8 billion Australian IPO*Hong Kong firm Deacons advises Chinese state-run Bohai Steel Group Co. on bond sale*Herbert Smith Freehills acts for Energy Development Corp. on financing for Philippines' largest wind farm

Mistake in GM Loan Documents Must Stand, Del. Supreme Court Rules

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : October 22, 2014

A mistake included with formal loan documents cannot be invalidated because it would negatively impact creditors relying on such representations, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled.

Kirkland Loses One PE Partner, Pays Top Dollar for Another

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral addition, Kirkland & Ellis poached Weil, Gotshal & Manges private equity partner Douglas Ryder in New York. The hire is the latest in a series of notable moves by Kirkland, which also recently raided Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong, but will lose the founding partner of its San Francisco office to a longtime private equity client.

Six Am Law 100 Firms Smooth Way for Another Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

As the U.S. moves to become the world's largest oil producer, lawyers from Cooley, Latham & Watkins, McGuireWoods, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are helping QEP Resources unload its natural gas pipeline and processing unit for $2.5 billion in cash to Tesoro Logistics, a refinery operator owned by Tesoro Corp.

Associates Class of 2014: R-T

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Simpson Thacher, Sullivan & Cromwell on Two Japan IPOs

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 16, 2014

The firms led Recruit Holdings' $1.9 billion offering and that of Skylark Co., which raised $700 million.

Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 16, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 16, 2014

*Simpson Thacher, Sullivan & Cromwell lead two Tokyo IPOs worth $2.6 billion*Morgan Lewis guides Kazakhstan through its first dollar bond issue in 14 years*Skadden acts on the first listing by a Malaysian company in the U.S.

$80M Indemnification Case Argued Before Pa. Justices

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : October 14, 2014

Two insurance companies' failure to consider negotiating a settlement in the face of a potential billion-dollar loss on behalf of an insured should be sufficient justification for the insured to settle its claims for $80 million without the consent of the carriers, an attorney representing Babcock & Wilcox argued last week before the state Supreme Court.

$80M Indemnification Case Argued Before Pa. Justices

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : October 14, 2014

Two insurance companies' failure to consider negotiating a settlement in the face of a potential billion-dollar loss on behalf of an insured should be sufficient justification for the insured to settle its claims for $80 million without the consent of the carriers, an attorney representing Babcock & Wilcox argued last week before the state Supreme Court.

Roy Reardon

Chris Serico : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

For 60 years, he has been a respected litigator and appellate attorney, and has worked to assure the state's legal system operates at the highest levels of efficiency, honesty and professionalism.

Lawyers Who Lead by Example 2014 Awards

: New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

In this Special Report, the New York Law Journal honors attorneys in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono. The trait shared by all is commitment well beyond the billable hour—to upholding the Constitution and civil rights, to leveling the playing field, to improving the courts and to protecting the vulnerable.

Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

The city's once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here's why.

Simpson Thacher, Weil Advise on Blackstone Spinoff

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

Blackstone Group announced on Friday plans to spin off its financial advisory and Park Hill fund placement businesses and merge them with PJT Partners, an advisory firm founded by M&A star Paul Taubman. For legal counsel, PJT turned to Weil, Gotshal & Manges, which is a longtime adviser to Taubman's former employer Morgan Stanley. Blackstone tapped Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 9, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 09, 2014

*Five firms on Anbang Insurance's $1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria New York*Ashurst advises state-run PT Pertimina on $2 billion acquisition of Murphy Oil's Malaysian assets*Herbert Smith Freehills guides Australia's Regis Healthcare on its recent IPO.

Skadden Once Again Comes Out on Top of M&A Rankings

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

Continuing on its transactional tear, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for global M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first three quarters of the year.