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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,654
  • Gross Revenues: $2,315,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,400,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,905,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has 1654 attorneys and is the 13th largest firm in the United States.  With $2,315,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 4th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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, MA, NJ, NY, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 4 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 4 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 12 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 21 -6 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 35 -15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 49 -6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 69 -18 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 82 -39 Summer programs

In the News

Mergers and Acquisitions

Jessica Burghaus (from NJBIZ) and other sources : New Jersey Law Journal : September 01, 2015

They Don't Take 'Yes' for an Answer

Susan Hansen : Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

A D.C. boutique keeps on fighting even after a settlement is reached.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

INADMISSIBLE: Couples Prevail In Marriage-License Case

: The National Law Journal : August 31, 2015

A federal appeals court last week said a Kentucky county clerk who has resisted the U.S. Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling on religious grounds cannot continue to withhold marriage licenses altogether from same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Plus more in this week's column.

Competition Law Institute Gets New Head at Fordham

: New York Law Journal : August 27, 2015

Fordham University School of Law has named James Keyte, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as director of its Competition Law Institute. He replaces Barry Hawk, who has served as director since the institute launched in 1974.

Shout-Out: Skadden Forces Would-Be Class to Arbitrate

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 27, 2015

Derailing a would-be class action against a company that makes roofing shingles, lawyers from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom on Wednesday convinced a federal judge in Sacramento that the plaintiffs must arbitrate their claims individually.

Fee Tracker: Summer Fun for LSAC, I-Bank IPOs and Monsanto

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2015

Pro bono is nice, but it helps to get paid. This week we track fees from the Law School Admission Council's litigation woes, an IPO for investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Monsanto lobbying.

Savient Had No Duty to Inform Shareholders of Active Plans to Sell

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : August 26, 2015

A pharmaceutical maker that had stated in SEC filings it was no longer going to focus on selling the company but rather marketing its sole drug itself did not have a duty to tell shareholders when it hired Lazard Freres & Co. and began shopping around for prospective buyers, a federal judge has ruled.

The Dilly in Philly: Clement v. Olson

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 26, 2015

It was the legal equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup: in one corner, the 42nd solicitor general of the United States, Theodore Olson. In the other, the 43rd SG, Paul Clement, plus a team from Skadden. Clement scored the KO before the Third Circuit, beating an attempt by the state of New Jersey to legalize sports betting.

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2015

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clients on Yelp Give Lawyers an Earful

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 25, 2015

Yelp reviews are a great way to choose a restaurant for brunch. But what about for hiring a lawyer?

Lifetime Achiever: Robert Helman, Mayer Brown

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

In the eighties, he righted a flailing Mayer Brown.

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.


: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Lateral moves, new arrivals and distinctions in this week's column.

Representation in Unemployment Compensation Cases

Julia Simon-Mishel : The Legal Intelligencer : August 24, 2015

The unemployment compensation program, enacted in 1936, is one of the state's most vital social programs. Unemployment compensation provides a safety net for individuals who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The program was created to enhance economic security, as "involuntary unemployment and its resulting burden of indigency falls with crushing force upon the unemployed worker, and ultimately upon the commonwealth and its political subdivisions," according to the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 P.S. Section 752.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Clay Long Goes Solo, Works on Coke Bottler Deal

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : August 20, 2015

Citing client conflicts, Clay Long, one of the founders of McKenna Long & Aldridge, has started a solo practice rather than join Dentons, which swallowed his former firm last month.

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

In Rare Move, Bouchard Forces Sale in Business 'Divorce'

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Delaware Business Court Insider : August 19, 2015

After Elizabeth Elting and Philip R. Shawe were college roommates in business school, their brief engagement to be married swiftly came to an end. But they went on to found a global leader in supporting litigation, in translation services and in localizing websites.

Associates Land Plum Role on Defense Teams at Dewey Trial

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : August 17, 2015

From the judge to the defendants to the lead attorneys on both sides, the Dewey & LeBoeuf fraud trial has been dominated by seasoned lawyers, and entirely by men. But the criminal trial has plunged four early to mid-career attorneys on the defense teams—all women—into the thick of a once-in-a-lifetime case.

A Crash Course in Law Firm Disaster

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 14, 2015

For the associates helping to defend Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders, the ongoing Dewey criminal trial has been an eye-opener.

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2015

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

Dentons' Nextlaw Labs Teams Up with IBM Cloud

Erin E. Harrison : Legaltech News : August 12, 2015

NextLaw Labs signs ROSS Intelligence, a startup developing a legal advisor app powered by IBM Watson.

Who's Leading the Charge Against the SEC's In-House Courts?

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : August 12, 2015

Thanks to the efforts of a few enterprising lawyers in the white-collar securities defense bar, complaints that the SEC's administrative enforcement actions are unconstitutional are finally starting to stick.

Carlyle Group and Others to Purchase Veritas from Symantec for $8 Billion

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : August 11, 2015

Veritas, which provides data storage and server management software, is now under new ownership and will also now have a new CEO and chairman.

A Real Fight Over Virtual Reality

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 11, 2015

Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is poised to transform the $90 billion video gaming industry. But like most lucrative inventions, it's also the subject of a fierce intellectual property dispute, pitting lawyers from Skadden against a team from Cooley. This week, Skadden scored big.

Failure of Google+ Provides Lessons

Adrian Dayton : The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

Facebook — and Twitter and LinkedIn, for that matter — are here to stay. They are popular because they are useful and contain massive populations of people you want to connect with. Google+ hasn't passed that test.

Asia Still Sees Fewer Big Arbitrations

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 10, 2015

The latest Arbitration Scorecard finds only seven—out of 128—billion-dollar disputes that are being heard in Asia. But Asian arbitral institutes in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and beyond see no shortage of smaller cases.

Dealmaker of the Week: Phillip Mills of Davis Polk & Wardwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Mills advised PartnerRe on a previously agreed-upon merger with AXIS Capital before changing gears to confront an evolving—and ultimately successful—hostile bid by Italian investment firm Exor.

Judge Issues Hilarious Opinion Refusing to Seal Docs

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 07, 2015

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer clearly didn't think much of motions by firms including Wachtell and Skadden asking for documents to be sealed in a suit against Hewlett-Packard Co. How he responded is classic.