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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 792
  • Gross Revenues: $1,314,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,660,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,870,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Sullivan & Cromwell is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Sullivan & Cromwell has 792 attorneys and is the 46th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,314,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 15th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Sullivan & Cromwell ranked as the 18th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 15 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 15 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 43 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 21 6 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 50 4 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 46 -4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 94 -25 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Justices Will Referee Housing Bias Dispute Between Major Banks and Cities

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : June 28, 2016

Banks say cities are misusing civil rights laws to recover taxes lost during recession.

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dentons' Africa Head Leaves Global Giant for Boutique

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 23, 2016

Thomas Laryea, co-chair of Dentons' global government sector and former head of the firm's Africa initiative, has joined a new shop specializing in the diverse legal needs of African governments and diaspora from the continent.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 23, 2016

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but two Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 21, 2016

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

Bouchard Approves Plan for TransPerfect Forced Sale

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : June 21, 2016

Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard on Monday approved a plan to complete the Delaware Chancery Court-ordered sale of TransPerfect Global by modified auction, granting broad discretion to the company's custodian and limiting the role of its warring co-founders in the process.

Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates-With Updates

Anna Zhang and Frances Ivens : The Asian Lawyer : June 20, 2016

While Global firms race to match Cravath's new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.

Sullivan & Cromwell Faces Fee Challenge in Primorsk Bankruptcy

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : June 15, 2016

As S&C dips its toes into debtor's side Chapter 11 work for Arctic tanker company Primorsk, a creditor says that the firm might have squandered $2 million in hourly billings.

Charter School Challenge to City Rules for Funding Rejected

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : June 15, 2016

It is both legal and "reasonable" for New York City to demand that the Success Academy charter school sign a contract agreeing to abide by certain standards and rules in its pre-kindergarten programs to receive public funding, a state judge ruled.

Jones Day in Mexico Advises on Sale of Ennis Division

Monika Gonzalez Mesa : Daily Business Review : June 14, 2016

A Jones Day Mexico City team advised publicly traded Ennis on the $109.4 million cash sale of an apparel division to Gildan.

An Unlikely Pair of Lawyers Team Up to Fight 'Spoofing' Cases

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : June 13, 2016

New Yorker Michael Coscia, Chicago-based Russian immigrant Igor Oystacher and Londoner Navinder Sarao have made headlines for sharing a dubious distinction: They were among the first to be accused of an en vogue financial crime known as "spoofing."

Skadden Hires Tokyo Partner From MoFo

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 13, 2016

Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

A 'Chaotic and Thrilling' Month at the Supreme Court

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : June 09, 2016

How best to describe the month of June at the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices—and their clerks—race toward the finish line? "Chaotic and thrilling," Mayer Brown's Brian Netter, who clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer in the October 2010 term, said. At least for the law clerks.

Southern District Assistants Leaving for Private Practice

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : June 09, 2016

It's routine for top prosecutors to leave an office near the end of a presidential administration, but attorneys knowledgeable about the so-called Sovereign District—a nod to the office's prominence—point to a natural wave of attrition occurring now.

More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 09, 2016

A bevy of big firms continue this week to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Sullivan & Cromwell sought to up the ante for its most senior associates, as other firms like Latham & Watkins joined the pay raise party.

Deal Watch: Paul Weiss Ponies Up in Skyscraper Sale

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 09, 2016

The $1.65 billion sale of New York's 1285 Sixth Avenue saw more than 50 partners from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison—a key tenant in the office tower—invest roughly $10 million in the transaction.

Verdict Survives Judge's Error in Dealing With Jury's Notes

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : June 08, 2016

A trial judge's failure to dispose of a note from deliberating jurors in a "meaningful" way before accepting the jury's verdict is not a proceedings error requiring automatic reversal, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Sullivan & Cromwell on Softbank $10B Alibaba Share Sale

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 06, 2016

The cash raised will help the Japanese company reduce debt and invest in new startups.

What Were the Top Deals in 2015?

: Texas Lawyer : June 01, 2016

Round Rock-based Dell's pending acquisition of computer storage company EMC for an estimated $67 billion tops the list of the 10 biggest Texas deals announced in 2015.

The Lawyers Behind the 0.1 Percent

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : May 31, 2016

Inside the clubby world of the trusts and estates bar, which is making a resurgence at some firms.

Hulk Hogan Case Rattles Litigation Funding Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2016

“It's really nothing like what we do,” one litigation finance exec said of the revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel has backed Hulk Hogan's $140 million lawsuit against Gawker.

With Internal Investigations, Firms Walk a Tightrope

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : May 26, 2016

Sullivan & Cromwell and Dechert struggle to balance client and regulator.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Keen to Create Mega REIT

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2016

Just in time for Memorial Day, four Am Law 100 firms sought to stoke and celebrate their transactional expertise by advising on an $8.4 billion combination of two leading real estate investment trusts.

Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer's Mega Monsanto Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 23, 2016

Eight months after Monsanto Co. abandoned its $45 billion saga to acquire Switzerland's Syngenta AG, the agribusiness giant is the recipient of a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany's Bayer AG.

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty, Ben Hancock and Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Epic Systems v. Tata Consultancy Services; O'Connor v. Uber; SunEdison Chapter 11; In re VW 'Clean Diesel' Product Liability Litigation; Prosterman v. Airline Tariff Publishing.

Plaintiffs Giant Darren Robbins on Scorched Earth, Worthy Opponents and What's Next in Complex Litigation

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 23, 2016

Darren Robbins is one of the most successful advocates ever for injured shareholders. He spoke with The Litigation Daily about how he and his partners have built Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, what they look for in laterals and the next big thing in complex litigation.

Canadian Big Deals

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2016

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

Capital Market, Corporate Practices Dip in Early 2016

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 09, 2016

The first quarter of 2016 delivered a shock to firms focused on corporate and capital markets who saw a freeze in deals. Looking ahead, several law firm leaders say the uncertainty prompted by global events and the presidential election could impact legal spend for the rest of the year.