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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 261
  • Gross Revenues: $831,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $3,185,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $6,600,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 7

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 37 7 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 37 7 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: Five Firms on Call for $9 Billion Health Services Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2016

The first week of May was kind to several Am Law 100 firms, as a handful of health care, real estate and technology deals provided a boon to corporate transactional coffers.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 28, 2016

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

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Top U.K. Firms Still Must Bridge a Big Gulf with The Am Law 100

Georgina Stanley : Legal Week : April 27, 2016

Despite one of their most challenging years since the early 1990s, the leading U.S. law firms continue to dwarf their U.K. counterparts in revenues and profits.

Icahn's CVR Energy Seeks to Reboot Wachtell Malpractice Case

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : April 26, 2016

Carl Icahn isn't ready to walk away from his malpractice battle with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Interactive: Am Law 100 Growth Rates

ALM Intelligence : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz registered the highest combined year-over-year growth rates for revenue per lawyer and profits per partner, while several firms experienced slowdowns on both counts.

Firms Ranked by Value Per Lawyer

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Our Value Per Lawyer metric demonstrates how much, on average, each of a firm's lawyers contributes to total partner compensation. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has topped the ranking since VPL was introduced in 2005.

Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Revenue Per Lawyer, the metric that we've long regarded as the most reliable measure of a firm's financial health, increased by 2.6 percent at Am Law 100 firms in 2015.

Beyond The Am Law 100: A Reminder of Why There's More to Practicing Law

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100 comes out today, and it will be eagerly scrutinized by thousands of readers who want to know who made the most money. But it's not the be-all, end-all of being a lawyer. Just ask Ronald Safer, a name partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, who got a man wrongly convicted of murder set free last week.

The Am Law 100: A Mixed Outlook

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

From the editor: Key metrics are up at Am Law 100 firms, but growth has slowed.

Firms Ranked by Profits Per Partner

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz becomes the first firm to crack the $6 million profits-per-partner mark, with average PPP of $6.6 million. For The Am Law 100 as a whole, average profits per partner rose by 4.0 percent in 2015, falling short of 2014's increase of 5.3 percent.

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100 eked out gains across major financial metrics in 2015. But growth was the slowest in years.

The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

Valley Firms Surge in The Am Law 100

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 22, 2016

The list is out! And California firms outpaced their peers in a year of glacial growth.

Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2016

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

Skadden, King & Wood Mallesons on $3.6B Lexmark Acquisition

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 20, 2016

Chinese printer chip maker Apex Technology is buying the Lexington, Kentucky-based company.

Am Law Echoes: A Look at Rankings Past and Present

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.

In-House Counsel Profile: Robert Ingato

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : April 18, 2016

Deal Watch: White & Case Stays on Deal Streak With Rosneft Work

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 14, 2016

A week after snagging a top spot in quarterly league transactional tables, White & Case has been tapped for some big oil work in Mother Russia.

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lawyering Helped Ease Pain of Pfizer's $160B Breakup

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

The demise of a controversial tax inversion deal with Allergan may have frustrated Pfizer, but it doesn't leave the U.S. drug giant that much poorer.

2016 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : April 06, 2016

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2016 Rising Stars by a panel of 24 esteemed judges.

Former US Prosecutor Joins Wachtell Lipton

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 05, 2016

Marshall Miller, a top U.S. Department of Justice official before stepping down last year, joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as of counsel on Monday. The hiring is not common for Wachtell, which infrequently hires lateral counsel.

Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 05, 2016

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

CVR Energy, Inc. v. Wachtell

: New York Law Journal : April 04, 2016

Res Judicata Noted in Dismissal of Energy Company's Malpractice Suit Against Law Firm


: The National Law Journal : April 04, 2016

A summary of the week's notable cases.

Reports Disclose Law Firms Targeted by Hackers

Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 01, 2016

While it's no secret that law firms are often targeted by cyber criminals seeking sensitive client information, it's rare for breaches to become public. But not this week.

Cravath Admits Breach as Law Firm Hacks Go Public

Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : March 30, 2016

Law firms usually manage to keep the public in the dark when it comes to data breaches and hacking attacks. But not this week.