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- Designation: New York
- Head Count: 1,664
- Gross Revenues: $2,235,000,000
- Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,345,000
- Profits Per Partner: $2,730,000
- Year Over Year Change: 0
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is a New York-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has 1664 attorneys and is the 12th largest firm in the United States. With $2,235,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 4th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking. On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom ranked as the 4th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, IL, London, MA, NJ, NY, Ontario, Paris, TX and VA.
In the News
Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 31, 2014
Lincoln Zhao is an M&A specialist and also the author of a tell-all book about the uber-rich in Beijing.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2014
As the 2014-15 National Basketball season tips off this week, several Am Law 100 firms are getting in on some off-the-court legal action. DLA Piper has been retained to advise on a sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, Sullivan & Cromwell is counseling the owner of the New York Knicks on a potential split of his company's operations and Proskauer Rose its representing the league itself on a landmark deal in Brazil. The NBA players union also filed its annual operating report, which details legal fees paid to Paul Weiss, Orrick, Steptoe, Weil and Winston & Strawn.
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?
MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014
Half of respondents say that business generation—usually seen as the key to an elusive inner circle—is a very important factor in their success.
Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014
Will Freshfields's splashy new hires in New York allow it to attain the first-tier status in dealmaking that has eluded Magic Circle firms in the United States?
Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014
In two different suits, contract attorneys assert that their document review assignments were too routine to comprise the practice of law. So far, one judge disagrees.
Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014
The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.
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.
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.
MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 27, 2014
After months of rumors, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom confirms that it will leave its current New York headquarters at 4 Times Square and head to the city's Hudson Yards district on the far west end of Manhattan in the spring of 2020.
Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 27, 2014
Chiquita Brands International accepted a $682 million cash offer from orange juice producer Cutrale Group and holding company Safra Group three days after its own shareholders voted down a planned inversion deal with Fyffe. Skadden and Kirkland & Ellis advised Chiquita, while Cravath represented to Cutrale and Safra.
Recorder Staff : The Recorder : October 24, 2014
The 25 honorees are being recognized for fresh approaches to improving delivery of legal services to clients of all kinds.
Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 24, 2014
The Second Circuit said the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 'Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum' leaves the plaintiffs, victims of torture under the regime of Saddam Hussein, without redress in U.S. courts against companies who allegedly undermined the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program.
Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 23, 2014
In a decision with major implications for New York and its resident global financial institutions, the state's highest court ruled Thursday that banks with New York branches needn't turn over customers' overseas assets to claimants attempting to enforce U.S. court judgments.
Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 22, 2014
An attorney accused by a judge of ignoring his instructions not to mention punitive damages and of acting strangely during closing argument in the products liability litigation over the bone-density drug Fosamax has had sanctions against him lifted by a federal appeals court.
David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 22, 2014
A trio of federal judges—and eventually the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—will have to grapple with the SEC's power to target Wall Street defendants on the agency's own turf.
MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014
The downsizing trend for office space continues but is starting to slow as many firms already have given up space per lawyer to save money, according to the latest survey by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.
Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014
The firm, which earlier this month took the top spot on three separate rankings for its M&A work, is representing longtime client Permira Advisers on its $3.5 billion sale of Arysta LifeScience Ltd. to Platform Specialty Products. Skadden is also advising British Columbia Investment Management Corporation as it partners with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to purchase electric utility Cleco Power for $3.4 billion.
Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 20, 2014
Four years after a federal district judge in New York lambasted a product liability lawyer for going overboard in his closing arguments during a bellwether trial against Merck & Co. Inc., an appeals court has vacated sanctions against the attorney.
Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 19, 2014
As sanctions have dried up cross-border deal flow in Russia, U.S. firms are feeling the pinch.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2014
Another Edwards Wildman Palmer partner departs ahead of the firm's proposed merger later this year with Locke Lord; a Bingham partner heads to the FCC; Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis add a pair of new partners; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014
The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.
Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 17, 2014
Chesapeake Energy announced Thursday that it would sell a large portion of its gas business in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania to Houston-based rival Southwestern Energy. The deal allows Chesapeake to pay down a substantial amount of debt accrued from past expansion efforts.
: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014
The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 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.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 15, 2014
Sharis Pozen, a former acting assistant U.S. attorney general for antitrust who joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in July 2012, left the firm this month to become vice president for global competition and antitrust at General Electric. Pozen is the latest high-profile Am Law 100 partner to join the in-house legal ranks of the Fairfield, Conn.-based conglomerate, which has tapped Skadden to advise on its pending $17 billion buy of the energy unit of French engineering giant Alstom.
Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014
The pro bono community lost one of its staunchest supporters when Steven J. Kolleeny died of cancer on Sept. 18. As head of the pro bono asylum program at Skadden Arps since 1987, he had personally represented 30 to 40 asylum seekers and supervised some 300 others whose cases were handled by Skadden attorneys whom he had trained.
Anthony Paonita : The Legal Intelligencer : October 14, 2014
The session started out as a typical discussion panel of in-house and outside counsel. The venue was the offices of Stinson Leonard Street, a Minneapolis-based law firm. The subject: the survey that our parent company's research arm had done with the firm, entitled "What Keeps General Counsel Up at Night?" After a summary of the survey results, the panel tried to work through what it meant.
Phil Albinus : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014
She has left her mark on the legal community as a first-class litigator and a generous and committed advocate for the advancement of women in the profession.
Rebecca Baker : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014
Beyond the countless hours he personally has dedicated to pro bono causes, he was a driving force in making New York the first state to require 50 hours of pro bono work from prospective lawyers.