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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 804
  • Gross Revenues: $1,278,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,590,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,675,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Sullivan & Cromwell is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Sullivan & Cromwell has 804 attorneys and is the 42nd largest firm in the United States.  With $1,278,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 13th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Sullivan & Cromwell ranked as the 17th 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 13 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 13 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 42 4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 27 -1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 54 -6 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 50 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 94 -25 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Latham, Sullivan & Cromwell on Fuyao Glass $953M IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 31, 2015

The car window maker's initial public offering is the biggest so far this year in Hong Kong.

David Shine of Fried Frank, Matthew Hurd of Sullivan & Cromwell

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Shine represented Merck & Co. in its $14.2 billion sale of consumer brands to Germany's Bayer AG, which in turn tapped Hurd for counsel on the giant carve-out.

Corporate Scorecard: The Trends Driving Dealmaking

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Transactions work was up across the board in 2014, with record-setting years in M&A and capital markets activity.

2015 Dealmakers of the Year

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Our Dealmakers of the Year package is no rote examination of the 2014's biggest transactions. Instead, we spotlight creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work. Here we present 20 transactions—some big, some small—where effective lawyering truly made the difference.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

The Take-No-Prisoners Battle Over Allergan

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

In a year filled with hostile bids, the Allergan-Valeant fight had it all: strange alliances, trash talk, lawsuits and plenty of scorched earth.

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 27, 2015

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

Not Dead Yet: Banks Still Face Aluminum Price-Fixing Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 27, 2015

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports on the death of a multibillion-dollar class action against Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan were somewhat exaggerated.

Location, Location, Location: It Matters in Litigation Too

Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky : New York Law Journal : March 26, 2015

In their International Litigation column, Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky look at two recent cases in which location was the key element: one involving whether 28 U.S.C. §1782 can be used to obtain evidence located outside the United States, the other, one that answers the question, "when is a U.S. citizen not a citizen?"

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 26, 2015

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

New Partner Survey: Largest Firms in Texas Make 102 New Partners

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 20, 2015

The number of new partners in 2015 at 22 of the 25 firms with the most lawyers in Texas down by 7.3 percent compared with 2014.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago's Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

UBS Is Latest to Settle Foreign Exchange Rigging Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 15, 2015

Lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott announced the $135 million settlement on Friday. Ten other major banks remain in the plaintiffs' sights for allegedly manipulating the $5 trillion-a-day forex market.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Once Again Break From the Pack

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

The top New York-centered firms outperformed their rivals in 2014. Revenue grew an average of 4.5 percent at 17 top firms based in the Big Apple, while profits per partner rose 5.6 percent, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Judge Recommends Denial of Class in Goldman Bias Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 12, 2015

After almost five years of litigation, defense lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul Hastings won an important ruling from a magistrate judge in a proposed gender discrimination class action against Goldman Sachs.

$700M CorePharma Purchase Completed

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : March 12, 2015

CorePharma in Middlesex, N.J., along with other pharmaceutical companies Amedra Pharmaceuticals LLC and Lineage Therapeutics Inc., both of Horsham, Pa., have been sold in a deal worth $700 million, completed on Mar. 10.

FHFA, Nomura Head to Trial Over Fannie and Freddie Losses

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : March 12, 2015

After four years of courtroom wrangling and more than $20 billion in settlements, the first trial is set to begin Monday in the Federal Housing Finance Agency's litigation campaign against banks that packaged and sold mortgage-backed securities.

To Satisfy Clients, Law Firms Submit to Cybersecurity Scrutiny

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

At least a dozen Am Law 200 and Magic Circle firms have attained a certification called ISO 27001 to demonstrate they're taking steps toward protecting their documents and communication systems from security breaches, and at least 21 more are in the process of seeking the certification. But even those measures are not enough for some of their biggest bank clients, which demand even tougher standards to guard against cyberattacks.

Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

Magistrate Judge Rejects Goldman Sachs Sex Bias Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 11, 2015

After almost five years of intense and closely-watched litigation, defense lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul Hastings may finally be close to knocking out a proposed gender discrimination class action against Goldman Sachs & Co.

Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza: Plaintiffs Attorney Goes After O'Melveny a Third Time

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 09, 2015

Our latest roundup of litigation in which Am Law 200 firms are either defendants or plaintiffs includes an attempt to revive a case against O'Melveny & Myers; assertions that Dorsey & Whitney should share their client BIAX Corp.'s pain; and allegations of negligence against Baker Botts and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Firms to Form Alliance to Handle Cyber Security Threats

Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman : New York Law Journal : March 06, 2015

As pressure mounts to strengthen defenses against security breaches, at least five Am Law 100 and Magic Circle firms are working to form an alliance that would allow them to ultimately share information with each other about cyber threats and vulnerability.

2015 New Partners: R-T

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015

Dealmaker of the Week: David Lam of Wachtell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 06, 2015

Lam, a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, led the team advising AbbVie Inc. in its $21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics Inc.

Paul Hastings' Hiring Spree Continues With Magic Circle Raid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 06, 2015

The Los Angeles-based firm, which saw partner profits rise 8.5 percent in 2014, has picked up three partners from Allen & Overy and a new office in Brazil in the wake of other recent hires of note from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Shearman & Sterling.

NCUA Win in Barclays Case May Hurt Credit Suisse, Other Banks

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 04, 2015

Handing a win to Kellogg Huber's David Frederick, the Tenth Circuit reinstated the National Credit Union Administration's lawsuit against Barclays PLC over allegedly shoddy mortgage-backed securities.

Law Firms to Form Cybersecurity Alliance

Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 04, 2015

As pressure to strengthen defenses against security breaches increases, at least five firms—Sullivan & Cromwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Allen & Overy and Linklaters—are working to form an alliance that would allow them to ultimately share information with each other about cyberthreats and vulnerability.

Goldman, JPMorgan Beat Aluminum Price-Fixing Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 04, 2015

Lawyers for Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, the London Metal Exchange and other defendants drove another stake through claims that the companies conspired to stockpile aluminum in warehouses and drive up prices.