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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

Yes, Banks Can Be Too Big to Jail. Get Over It

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 12, 2016

A massive new congressional report criticizes Eric Holder's Justice Department for failing to prosecute HSBC in 2012 for money laundering. Bernie Sanders could credibly argue DOJ made the wrong call, but a bunch of Republicans in Congress? Really? Still, the report should be required reading for lawyers representing financial services providers before the feds.

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 11, 2016

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: White & Case Tops First-Half Transactional Rankings

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 07, 2016

Those controversial deal tables are out again, with White & Case, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk & Wardwell all jockeying for position as the quarterly so-called King of M&A.

An Effective Generalist: Floor & Décor GC Gained Experience Through Broad Corporate Practice

Mary Smith Judd : Daily Report : July 05, 2016

For much of Floor & Décor General Counsel David Christopherson's career, each professional step has been a lucky accident, preparing him for his next challenge, even before he knew what that challenge would be.

Tender Offer in Merger Subject to Business Judgment Rule, Chancery Says

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 05, 2016

A tender-offer approval of an all-cash merger had the same cleansing effect as a stockholder vote, qualifying the deal for scrutiny under the forgiving business judgment rule, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves ruled June 30, interpreting a recent line of opinions from the Delaware Supreme Court.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Punch Ticket on $4.4 Billion Film Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 30, 2016

A look at the Am Law 100 firms behind Lions Gate's bid to buy Starz; Apollo's latest acquisition effort; and a pair of big health care transactions.

Justices Will Review Housing Bias Dispute Between Miami, Banks

Tony Mauro : Daily Business Review : June 29, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal brought by Wells Fargo and Bank of America against the city of Miami in a dispute over alleged predatory lending practices that discriminated against minorities.

For Sullivan & Cromwell and VW, a $14.7B Settlement Counts as a Win

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

When the foreman of the jury says "Not guilty," that's a defense win. When the judge dismisses a case on summary judgment, that's a defense win. When your client agrees to a $14.7 billion settlement? For Sullivan & Cromwell and Volkswagen AG, yes, that's a defense win too.

US Supreme Court Handed Businesses a 'Mixed Bag'—Regulatory Wins and Class Action Defeats

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2016

Low number of business cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court offered varied rulings for businesses.

For Sullivan & Cromwell and VW, a $14.7B Settlement Counts as a Win

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

When the foreman of the jury says “Not guilty,” that's a defense win. When the judge dismisses a case on summary judgment, that's a defense win. When your client agrees to a $14.7 billion settlement? For Sullivan & Cromwell and Volkswagen AG, yes, that's a defense win too.

US Supreme Court Handed Businesses a 'Mixed Bag'—Regulatory Wins and Class Action Defeats

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court litigator Jeffrey Wall of Sullivan & Cromwell said recently that if he reads another news story asserting that the Roberts Court is biased toward business interests, "my head may explode."

June Laterals: Firms Snap Up Ex-Government and White Collar Litigators

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

Many of June's most notable lateral hires involved litigators exiting the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Other significant moves featured lawyers who specialize in being adverse to the government. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

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.

Chinese Insurance Group Buys Auto Website with Help from Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 28, 2016

Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell played lead roles in a $1.6 billion deal that saw China's Ping An Insurance Group buy a 47.7 percent stake in Chinese automobile website Autohome Inc. from Melbourne-based Telstra Corp. Ltd.

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.

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.