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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

Loanvest I, LLC v. Utrecht

: The Recorder : March 26, 2015

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

$20 Billion Later, Banks Finally Win Ruling on Time Limits

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 25, 2015

Big banks have failed to convince courts around the country that various government agencies waited too long to sue over Wall Street's role in the 2008 financial crisis. This week, a judge finally adopted the banks' reasoning in a case brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland's Performance Accelerates in 2014

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis picked up momentum in 2014, with revenue increasing 6.6 percent, to $2.15 billion, and profits per partner lifting 7 percent, to $3.51 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer increased 5.4 percent, to $1.365 million, while net income rose 8 percent, to $1.182 billion.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

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

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago's Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Once Again Break From the Pack

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

The top New York-centered firms outperformed their rivals in 2014. Revenue grew an average of 4.5 percent at 17 top firms based in the Big Apple, while profits per partner rose 5.6 percent, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

To Satisfy Clients, Law Firms Submit to Cybersecurity Scrutiny

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

At least a dozen Am Law 200 and Magic Circle firms have attained a certification called ISO 27001 to demonstrate they're taking steps toward protecting their documents and communication systems from security breaches, and at least 21 more are in the process of seeking the certification. But even those measures are not enough for some of their biggest bank clients, which demand even tougher standards to guard against cyberattacks.

Meet the Judges: Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni

: New York Law Journal : March 06, 2015

The judge discusses her pre-bench experience's impact on her judicial practices, the biggest surprise about joining the bench, her pet peeves and the most fun part of the job.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Lead on AbbVie's $21 Billion Pharma Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 05, 2015

Big Pharma tops our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more, with AbbVie Inc. agreeing to purchase cancer-drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc. for $21 billion. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised on the most number of billion-dollar deals this week, with four, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz led the way by transaction value.

Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : March 04, 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.

In-House Counsel Profile: Sterling Partners LLC's Avi Epstein

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

"We own 30 companies and we make all critical decisions. So rather than build a team of 10 lawyers, we find an expert for every type of legal need."

A Torrent of Partner Additions Thanks to Economy

Julie Kay with research by Chris Futrell : Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

Numbers are up for new partners in South Florida in 2014, both for promotions and laterals. Credit for the rosy trend goes to a hot legal market, particular in real estate and corporate work.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

March Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

Canadian Big Deals

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Royal Bank of Canada / City National; Repsol / Talisman Energy; Three Bryant Park Purchase; Alimentation Couche-Tard / The Pantry

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 26, 2015

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.'s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion. Latham & Watkins advised on the most number of deals, with four, while Sullivan & Cromwell led the way in terms of transaction value.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : February 25, 2015

In the second most-expensive office building deal in U.S. history, a joint venture of Ivanhoe Cambridge and Callahan Capital Properties has purchased 1095 Avenue of the Americas for $2.2 billion. Also, Silverstein Properties has acquired a property at 520-530 W. 41st St. for more than $100 million.

Deal Watch: Skadden, Freshfields Advise Pair of Can Makers on $6.8 Billion Deal

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

Ball Corp.'s acquisition of fellow can maker Rexum PLC tops our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more, with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advising on the most number of deals.

Skadden, Simpson on $6B Taxi-Hailing App Merger in China

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : February 17, 2015

Tencent-backed Didi Dache and Alibaba-backed Kuaidi Dache are tying up after a fierce battle for market share in the world's largest economy.

Best Buy Co. Inc.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

Handling the legal side of the nat­ion's largest electronics retailer is a big job, especially if you're also cutting departmental costs, implementing an innovative compliance program and focusing on diversity and pro bono work.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Davis Polk Posts Record-High Revenue, PPP

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : February 13, 2015

For a fifth consecutive year, Davis Polk & Wardwell's profitability and revenue rose by significant margins, with the firm's revenue surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time. Average profits per partner came in at $3.29 million, a record high for the firm. Revenue rose from $975 million in 2013 to $1.072 billion last year.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Advise on Harris' Buy of Defense Contractor

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 12, 2015

Our latest roundup of M&A deals worth $1 billion or more includes Am Law firms advising on Harris Corp.'s $4.75 billion buy of Exelis, Inc.; Rite Aid's $2 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Envision Pharmaceutical Services; and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.'s $1.76 billion acquisition of five hotel properties from a group of sellers. Latham led the way in terms of deal volume and transaction size.

Holland & Knight Heads to Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Fresh off successful financial years in 2014, Holland & Knight opens a Denver office with six lawyers from Lathrop & Gage; Akin plucks a practice leader from Paul Hastings; Covington & Burling adds a former federal prosecutor; a handful of departures from Dickstein Shapiro; Kirkland & Ellis grows in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Advise on Pfizer's Bid for Hospira

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Am Law firms working on a $15.2 billion pharmaceutical transaction between Pfizer and Hospira; a $10.54 billion telecom deal between Frontier and Verizon; a $7.3 billion asset sale by building material manufacturers Holcim and Lafarge; and a $6.3 billion merger between Staples and Office Depot.

Locke Lord Lures Boies Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

Boies Schiller & Flexner partner Kathleen Smalley is headed to newly merged Locke Lord; Davis Polk poaches Greenberg Traurig's real estate chair in New York; three DLA Piper finance lawyers depart; Littler Mendelson heads to Maine; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

Staples Agrees to Buy Office Depot for About $6.3 Billion

: Bloomberg : February 04, 2015

Staples Inc. announced plans to buy Office Depot Inc. for about $6.3 billion, forging a deal that will reduce the U.S. office-supply industry to a single major chain and test the limits of antitrust regulators.

Appraisal Arbitrageur's Standing Reaffirmed by Chancery Court

Peter E. Kazanoff and Paul C. Gluckow : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 03, 2015

In a pair of opinions issued Jan. 5, Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III denied summary judgment to respondents in appraisal proceedings brought by stockholder Merion Capital LP. In each case, Merion purchased its shares after the record date, and thus did not vote on the mergers. Both Ancestry.com Inc. and BMC Software Inc. argued that Merion lacked standing because it could not show that its shares were not voted in favor of the mergers by previous owners. Glasscock disagreed, holding that Delaware's appraisal statute does not require an appraisal petitioner to trace the voting history of its shares.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : February 03, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

New York Promotions Remain Steady, While Firmwide Numbers Increase

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 02, 2015

The number of New York lawyers promoted to partner at the largest law firms in the state is holding steady, while several firms are increasing partner promotions firmwide.