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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 805
  • Gross Revenues: $1,276,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,585,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,680,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Sullivan & Cromwell is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Sullivan & Cromwell has 805 attorneys and is the 43rd largest firm in the United States.  With $1,276,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 13th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 13 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 13 0 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

Supreme Court Asked to Review AIA Patent Trials

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 06, 2015

Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jeffrey Wall argues the Patent Trial and Appeal Board should use a different standard to evaluate patent claims.

BP Gets 'Punishment it Deserves,' Feds Say in Record $20B Settlement

Mike Sacks and Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : October 05, 2015

BP PLC has agreed to pay $20 billion in fines—the largest in U.S. history—for the Deepwater Horizon disaster spill and cleanup of 3.1 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and onto the shores of coastal states, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 05, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Another Big Deal for Teva, and a Mystery Role for Kirkland Revealed

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2015

Closing the loop on the twisted tale of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to advise longtime client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its latest big M&A deal.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 01, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Firm Sanctioned for Conduct in Deposition

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : September 30, 2015

In the ferocious battle between the co-founders of translations company TransPerfect Global Inc., Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has been sanctioned $135,324 by a Delaware judge over its conduct in a deposition.

Chancery Sanctions Kramer Levin Over Lawyer's Deposition Conduct

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 30, 2015

Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard, in issuing a sanction against a law firm of more than $135,000 over behavior thwarting the fair conduct of a deposition, has checked what he characterized as overly "aggressive" litigation tactics.

Lippman Commission Calls for Uniform Discipline Standards

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : September 28, 2015

A commission appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recommended Friday that uniform standards for attorney discipline be adopted throughout New York state and follow guidelines developed by the American Bar Association.

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec

Global Legal Awards, Grand Prize Winner (Finance): Hitting the Big Time

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

For the largest IPO in history, Alibaba turned to Simpson Thacher and Fangda Partners. Size wasn't the only thing that made the deal challenging.

Bank Traders' Lawyers Want Sealed Argument in Grand Jury Subpoena Dispute

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : September 25, 2015

The district court's decision marked "a novel, substantial, and unwarranted expansion in the crime-fraud exception" to attorney-client privilege, the traders' lawyer, Jeffrey Wall of Sullivan & Cromwell, wrote in court papers. The Justice Department counters that the attorney-client privilege wasn't meant to shield clients who lie to counsel to conceal alleged criminal activity. The government opposes the traders' request to hold a secret oral argument, set for next month in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2015

The American Lawyer Global M&A Deals of the Year recognize transactions that redrew the corporate map in every corner of the globe.

Deal Watch: Davis Polk, Jones Day Take Lead on Latest Chipmaker Match

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2015

Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.

Big Deals: European Company to Pay $17.7B for Long Island Cable Operator

: New York Law Journal : September 24, 2015

European telecommunications and cable company Altice has agreed to buy New York cable operator Cablevision for $17.7 billion, including debt, as it pursues its aggressive expansion in the U.S.

Justices Sidestep 2nd Circuit's Question in 'London Whale' Case

Michael A. Riccardi : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 23, 2015

The Delaware Supreme Court has chosen to sidestep what it termed a "general" and "abstract" question of law stemming from a shareholder derivative suit against JPMorgan Chase directors over their handling of the massive losses caused by a rogue trader who came to be known as the "London Whale."

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The American Lawyer : September 22, 2015

The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards in finance recognize the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects.

K&L Gates Grabs London Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 22, 2015

After a few months of partner losses, K&L Gates has been on a hiring spree in September, but some firm lawyers continue to find new homes; Morgan Lewis lands a former NLRB member; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

Katherine Jo : The Asian Lawyer : September 21, 2015

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

Fee Tracker: Space, Securities, Shale and Stadia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2015

A look at the Am Law 100 firms fueling up with clients competing in the new space race; Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson's FHFA fee windfall; the legal fees of the Marcellus Shale Coalition; and Sutherland Asbill's bills backing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves.

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Hogan Lovells on Tap for Big Beer Tie-Up Talks

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2015

At least two London-based legal giants and one leading Am Law 100 firm have taken the lead for Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as they prepare to toast a potential combination.

Former Judge, Assemblyman Dies at 84

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : September 16, 2015

Leonard Silverman, a former Court of Claims judge who served five terms in the New York State Assembly and who was known for finding common ground both in Albany and on the bench, died on Sept. 7 of natural causes.

Sullivan & Cromwell, Simpson Thacher Partners on Japan Post's $11.5B Triple Listing

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 14, 2015

The same lawyers who led Japan Tobacco's $7.8 billion share sale two years ago are advising on the IPOs of the state-owned postal service and its banking and insurance divisions.

Three Firms on Pending $6.5B Acquisition of Texas Company

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 14, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis represents Solera Holdings of Westlake in its pending acquistiion for $6.5 billiion, including assumed debt, by an affiliate of Vista Equity Partners.

Former Big Law Lawyers Targeted in Benjamin Wey Fraud Case

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : September 10, 2015

Two lawyers with Am Law 200 pedigrees, including a former Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer and the former head of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's China practice, have been ensnared in the latest troubles of Chinese stock promoter Ben Wey.

Deal Watch: Emera, Looking South, Subs Skadden With Davis Polk

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 10, 2015

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised Canadian utility Emera on its acquisition of New England power assets two years ago, but this week the firm took the lead for Tampa-based Teco Energy on the Florida power generator's $10.4 billion sale to Emera.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 10, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Corporation's Co-Founder Asks High Court to Stop Forced Sale

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 09, 2015

Lawyers for the co-founder of a global leader in supporting litigation, translation services and localizing websites are calling on the Delaware Supreme Court to reverse an "unprecedented" Court of Chancery decision to appoint a custodian to sell the corporation.

Amal Clooney: Beautiful? Yes. Famous? Yes. But Is She a Good Lawyer?

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : September 09, 2015

Amal Clooney may be the most famous practicing lawyer in the world, and is certainly the most photographed. But is she a good lawyer? In some ways, it's the wrong question to ask.


: New York Law Journal : September 08, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "What's the Point? The Future of Litigation," "Reverse Payments, 'Actavis' and Settlement of Hatch-Waxman Disputes," "Solving the Insurance Allocation Dilemma" and "Class Action Trends in the Wake of 'Wal-Mart' and 'Comcast.'"

Fenwick Midlevels Feeling the Burn

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 04, 2015

Too much work may be a good problem to have, but it's still a problem: In the AmLaw Associate Satisfaction Survey, Fenwick associates report nonstop work, skimpy bonuses and sagging morale.