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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

  • 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

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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.

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

A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

A surge in dealmaking boosted the top and bottom lines for the world's top-grossing firms, which experienced steady if unspectacular growth in 2013.

Kirkland, Wilson Sonsini Take Tibco Software Private

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Silicon Valley stalwart Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is advising Tibco Software, the Palo Alto-based enterprise software company founded by Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, on its proposed $4.3 billion sale to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The deal is the largest leveraged buyout in the technology industry so far this year.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

U.S. ex rel. O'Donnell v. Countrywide; In re AIG 2008 Securities Litigation; ViaSat v. Space Systems/Loral; Gilead v. La Roche; O'Bannon v. NCAA

Big Deals

MP McQueen, Vinayak Balasubramanian, Alexandra Wilson and Wenxiong Zhang : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

Kinder Morgan Reorganization; Fox Asset Sale; Walgreen/Alliance Boots; Dollar Tree/Dollar General /Family Dollar; AbbVie/Shire

The World's Best Legal Brands

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

These firms, with good reputations among global clients, have lessons to teach all firms.

Am Law 100 Firms Toast Beer, Aluminum Deals in Russia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Despite worries over Western sanctions, a trio of Am Law 100 firms sidled up for the $700 million sale of Pabst Brewing Co. to Russia's Oasis Beverages, while Russian veteran Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised aluminum giant United Company Rusal on its recent $5.15 billion debt restructuring.

Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 25, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 25, 2014

*Ashurst on Leighton-led consortium's $3.2 billion bid to build Sydney transit system*Davis Polk, Skadden lead Chinese car rental company CAR Inc.'s $468 million Hong Kong IPO*Norton Rose, Allen & Overy advise on Hong Kong's first-ever Islamic bond issuance

Abely Awards

: New York Law Journal : September 24, 2014

The Eighteenth Annual Abely Awards were presented on Monday at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Brenna DeVaney, pro bono counsel at Skadden Arps, were honored.

Women GCs on Leadership and Building Trust

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : September 24, 2014

The general counsel at DLA Piper's Global Women's Leadership Summit may have their gender in common, but the issues on the agenda are far from women-only.

On The Move: Khayat Leaves King & Spalding to Start Solo Practice

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 23, 2014

Robert Khayat has left King & Spalding to open a solo litigation shop, The Khayat Law Firm.

Skadden, Sidley Austin Catalyze Latest Health Care Merger

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 22, 2014

German pharmaceutical giant Merck KGaA has agreed to buy Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in cash in Merck's largest takeover to date.

Obituary: Steven Kolleeny

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Steven Kolleeny, a special counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a leader of the firm's pro bono asylum program, died Thursday of complications from cancer. He was 58.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Freshfields Poaches Fried Frank Capital Markets Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2014

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. The moves are the latest high-profile lateral hires by Freshfields in the U.S.

En Banc Court May Call Foul on Bonds Conviction

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 18, 2014

The panel seemed skeptical of the government's position that evasive but true statements can support an obstruction conviction.

Akin, Skadden Help Russia's Richest Man Get More Social

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 18, 2014

The two Am Law 100 firms are working on the $1.47 billion sale of a 48 percent stake in VKontakte, Russia's answer to Facebook, by United Capital Partners to a company controlled by oligarch Alisher Usmanov. The deal, which raises questions about Russia's commitment to Internet freedom, also comes amid increased tensions between the country and the West and sanctions against some Russian businesses as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Litigators of the Week: Stephanie Aranyos and Brian Gershengorn of Ogletree Deakins

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : September 18, 2014

The threat of big overtime damages for contract lawyers in New York has been diminished, thanks to a ruling that Stephanie Aranyos and Brian Gershengorn won for Skadden.

Judge Dismisses Contract Attorney's Suit Against Skadden

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 18, 2014

A federal judge in Manhattan threw out a lawsuit filed by David Lola, a former contract lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who accused the firm and its legal staffing agency, Tower Legal Staffing, of violating federal overtime pay laws. Lola's attorney vows to appeal the ruling.

Hello. I'm Talkin' to You

Anthony Paonita : Corporate Counsel : September 17, 2014

Law departments and their outside counsel can't live with each other and can't live without each other. So what are they supposed to do?

Takeover Battle Highlights Skadden's Inversion Expertise

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms are facing off in a $2.2 billion takeover fight involving Endo International's bid to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a deal that would stymie a $345 million tax inversion deal forged by the latter this summer with Canadian biotechnology firm QLT. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which is currently advising Auxilium, has also done inversion work for Endo.

Ropes & Gray Recruits U.S. Federal Prosecutor for Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 16, 2014

Patrick Sinclair joins the Boston-based firm from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he was the deputy chief of the general crimes section.

Freshfields Bags M&A Bigwig From Shearman & Sterling

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The Magic Circle firm has hired Shearman's M&A partner Peter Lyons as it continues to boost its ranks in U.S. transactional work.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

'Transformational' Change to Patent System, 3 Years In

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : September 16, 2014

When the America Invents Act was enacted three years ago, no one knew just how significant it actually would turn out to be.

Brian Christiansen

: The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

Am Law Firms Advise on Pair of Health Care Mergers

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2014

Monday was a big day for health care company mergers, with Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom taking the lead on two deals with a combined value of nearly $5 billion.

Abusive Lawyer's Ex-Wife Lived Life of 'Terror'

Isaac Avilucea : The Connecticut Law Tribune : September 12, 2014

Former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren could convincingly "assert appellate rights and make appellate arguments," a Superior Court judge said. But he couldn't muster the three words the judge wanted to hear: "I am sorry."

Farren Shows No Remorse, Gets 15-Year Sentence for Attack on Wife

Isaac Avilucea : The Connecticut Law Tribune : September 11, 2014

More than four years after former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren brutally beat his then-wife with a flashlight and his hands in their Darien home, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday.

JNC Submits All Four Supreme Court Candidates to Markell

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : September 11, 2014

The Judicial Nominating Commission has forwarded all four candidates vying to replace retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration, according to sources familiar with the process.

Kirkland to Launch Restructuring Practice in Asia

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 10, 2014

The Chicago-based firm has tapped Hogan Lovells' regional practice head, Neil McDonald, and one other Hong Kong-based insolvency partner in a move to grow its own team beyond the U.S. and Europe.