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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

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

DaHui Hires Shanghai Partner From Skadden

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.

Praxair Floats In-house Pick to GC Role

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 31, 2014

Praxair Inc. general counsel Jim Breedlove announced his retirement, and the company has named Guillermo Bichara to succeed him.

DLA Piper, Proskauer, S&C in Big Lights as NBA Season Begins

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.

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?

New Partners Ambivalent About Rainmaking, Survey Finds

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.

Freshfields Takes On the Wall Street Elite

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?

When Contract Attorneys Demand Overtime, Courts Are Split

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.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

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.

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.

Skadden to Relocate Offices Near Hudson Yards

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.

Am Law Trio Leads on Chiquita's Sale to Brazilian Buyers

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.

The Recorder Names Winners of Innovator Awards

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.

Ruling Bars Iraqi Women's Alien Tort Act Torture Suit

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.

NY High Court Upholds Rule Shielding Foreign Bank Branches

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.

Circuit Vacates Attorney's Sanction

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.

Wall Street Targets Urge NY Judges to Hobble the SEC

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.

Report: Rents Up, Square Footage Down for Am Law 200 Firms

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.

Skadden Continues M&A Hot Streak With Two Big Deals

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.

Lawyer Escapes Sanctions Over Fosamax Trial 'Tirade'

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.

Russian Legal Market Turns Bearish for International Firms

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.

Edwards Wildman's Tech Cochair Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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.

Associates Class of 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

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

Wachtell Advises Chesapeake on $5.38 Billion Asset Sale

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.

Associates Class of 2014: A-C

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

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

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.

GE Bags Skadden's Pozen for Top Antitrust Role

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.

Steven Kolleeny

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.

Communication Key in Relationships With Outside Counsel

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.

Bettina "Betsy" Plevan

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.