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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 267
  • Gross Revenues: $702,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $2,630,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $5,500,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 10

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has 267 attorneys and is the 167th largest firm in the United States.  With $702,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 44th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katzranked as the 52nd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 44 10 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 44 10 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 172 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 172 -172 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 96 17 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 37 -24 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 85 -12 Summer programs

In the News

Deal Watch: M&A Stays Strong Through Third Quarter, Skadden Tops League Tables

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2015

As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

4 Firms Work on $37.7B Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 29, 2015

Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Latham & Watkins for $37.7 billion pending acquisition of The Williams Companies of Tulsa.

City Bar Calls for End of Mass Incarceration

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : September 29, 2015

The New York City Bar Association is calling on state and federal lawmakers to take action to reduce prison populations and has announced it will form a task force to advocate for legislation to address the issue.

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

Special Report: The 2015 Global 100

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

The world's top-grossing firms are experiencing steady growth after a long, bumpy journey. But while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner have rebounded, that's due in part to declining headcount.

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.

13(d) Reporting Inadequacies in an Era of Speed and Innovation

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : September 24, 2015

In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh write: The lightning speed of information flow and trading, the constant innovations in financial products, and the increasing sophistication of active market participants each pose enormous challenges for the SEC; together, even more so. The ongoing controversy over §13(d) reporting exemplifies the many challenges facing the SEC in this regard.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 24, 2015

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

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Disputes of the Year

: The American Lawyer : September 23, 2015

The American Lawyer Global Disputes of the Year honor the winning team in transnational cases regardless of the venue.

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: 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.

Small-Time, Boring Cases? Well Done, SEC

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : September 08, 2015

Under the heading “They don't make 'em like they used to” add accounting fraud suits by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But that's a good thing.

Distinguished Leaders: Herbert Wachtell and Martin Lipton

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : September 08, 2015

They built an M&A powerhouse from the ground up.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

Mergers & Acquisitions

Alexa Woronowicz (from Thomson Reuters Financial) and other sources : New Jersey Law Journal : August 28, 2015

Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Joins Davis Wright

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2015

David Quinto, one of the first partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan until leaving the litigation powerhouse last year, is headed to Davis Wright Tremaine with Scott Commerson. The two Quinn Emanuel alums hope for referrals from their former colleagues.

Big Canadian Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Hudson's Bay / Galeria; Sun Life / Bentall Kennedy; Match.com / PlentyofFish

HP Uses Report to Fight Foreign Bribery Allegations

Ross Todd : The Recorder : August 24, 2015

In a motion to dismiss, HP's lawyers say an internal investigation at Mexico's state oil and gas company found no wrongdoing.

The American Lawyer's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Our 12th annual awards honor lawyers whose remarkable careers have shaped the legal profession.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Wachtell Puts Lawyers on Tight Leash

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : August 20, 2015

Wachtell Lipton is now monitoring lawyers 24/7.

Morning Wrap: Lawyers May Be Getting Dumber, While Wachtell Makes a Clever Request

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 20, 2015

Wachtell Lipton ups the ante in its fight with activist investors by making an unusual request to the SEC. Plus, meet the female lawyers on the Dewey & LeBoeuf defense team, presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, Gawker's general counsel and the law school grads who are failing the bar exam in this roundup of recent news stories.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 20, 2015

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

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced

Am Law Daily Staff : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

The American Lawyer honors eight longtime lawyers with distinctive careers and a commitment to public service. Three others are recognized for extraordinary talents managing their firm.

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2015

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

Some Reservations About Expedia's Acquisition of Orbitz

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 13, 2015

A consumer activist group and the hotel industry are both urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block travel-booking site Expedia Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide Inc.

Breyer Bites Back on Excessive Sealing

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 11, 2015

After toying with lawyers for Hewlett-Packard, the judge has agreed to reconsider the company's motions to shield certain confidential information.

Judge Issues Hilarious Opinion Refusing to Seal Docs

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 07, 2015

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer clearly didn't think much of motions by firms including Wachtell and Skadden asking for documents to be sealed in a suit against Hewlett-Packard Co. How he responded is classic.