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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 526
  • Gross Revenues: $559,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,065,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,235,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is a New York-based law firm. The firm ranked 53rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms with gross revenue of $533,500,000 in 2010. Willkie Farr & Gallagher has appeared in the annual Am Law 100 since 1986. In terms of size, the firm is the 59th largest law firm in the United States, with 624 attorneys, according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings. On the 2011 Global 100 survey of firms worldwide, Willkie Farr & Gallagher ranked as the 61st highest grossing law firm. Willkie Farr is a business law firm focused in the areas of corporate law, litigation, and business reorganization and restructuring. The firm has a number of other practice groups, including real estate, intellectual property, and government relations. In addition to its New York headquarters, Willkie Farr has offices in Washington, D.C., Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Brussels, Rome and London.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 57 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 57 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 79 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 90 -33 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 65 4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 110 -110 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 88 -58 Summer programs

In the News

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Medtronic/Covidien; Tyson/Hillshire; Time Inc. Spinoff; Level 3/TW Telecom; Apple/Beats

Travelers' $500M Payment to Johns-Manville Reinstated

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Travelers Indemnity Co. must pay more than $500 million under an insurance policy covering asbestos claims, a unanimous federal appeals panel has ruled, reinstating a bankruptcy court order that had been overturned by a district court.

Swipe Fee Case Moves Ahead Against Card Companies

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A group of major merchants that opted out of a $5.7 billion antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard have cleared a hurdle in their case against the card companies over swipe fees.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

SEC Lawyer To Be GC at Investment Company Institute

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

The Investment Company Institute is picking up senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer David Blass as its general counsel.

Kirkland's $5 Million Man Leads on Texas Energy Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A little more than two months after Kirkland & Ellis made waves by heading to Houston with its hire of Andrew Calder from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm has snagged a key role advising longtime Simpson Thacher private equity client KKR on its creation of an oil and gas joint venture with Riverstone Holdings that will be one of the largest operators in Texas' Barnett Shale formation.

FCC Names Merger Review Lawyers in Comcast and AT&T Deals

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.

FCC Names Merger Review Lawyers in Comcast and AT&T Deals

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Private equity firm Apax Partners has agreed to sell its majority stake in Advantage Sales and Marketing to two other private equity firms, Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners. Wisconsin Energy Corporation has announced it will buy energy holding company Integrys Energy Group for $9.1 billion, including debt, a deal that would expand the company's geographic base.

Weekend Reading: Hogan Lovells on North Korea's 'Genocide'

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

An Am Law Daily compendium of compelling tales, such as the case for African-American reparations, Drinker Biddle's Native American pro bono work that cost it pro football business and Hogan Lovells' report on the tragedy taking place in North Korea that the world has forgotten.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Advise on Apax Sale of Advantage

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Skadden, Willkie Farr, Latham and Simpson Thacher were all on hand for the private equity firm's majority stake sale of Advantage Sales and Marketing to Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners for a reported $4 billion.

Wachtell, Willkie Get Call For Telecom, Transport Tie-Ups

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

The Am Law 100 firms are handling the latest round of consolidation in the telecommunications sector, as Level 3 Communications seeks to buy TW Telecom for $5.68 billion, along with another transportation tie-up that will create the largest U.S.-listed dry bulk carrier.

On The Move: Two New Associates at Weber Gallagher

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Workers' Compensation Group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby adds two, while James Tyrrell, Jr., joins Edwards Wildman.

Goldman, Bain Settle Antitrust Suit for $121 Million

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Ropes & Gray, Sullivan & Cromwell, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis reached the agreement Wednesday on behalf of the two companies, which were accused of conspiring with other private equity players to deflate the price of corporate takeovers.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

Asia Deal Digest: June 5, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2014

* Japan's Dai-ichi Life turns to Baker & McKenzie and Willkie Farr for its first foray into the U.S. market* Minter Ellison is guiding Asia's richest man on his $2.2 billion bid for Australian natural gas distributor Envestra* Clifford Chance advises 7-Eleven Malaysia on a $225 million IPO

Three Firms on $5.7 Billion Dai-ichi U.S. Acquisition

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

The Japanese insurer is seeking to enter the U.S. market by acquiring Birmingham, Ala.-based Protective Life Corp.

Wasserstein & Co. Buys Back ALM Media

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Nearly seven years after selling ALM Media Properties to private equity-owned British publisher Incisive Media for $630 million, the investment arm of late attorney and financier Bruce Wasserstein is leading a group that has agreed to acquire the legal publishing giant.

Wasserstein & Co. Buys Back ALM Media

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Nearly seven years after selling ALM Media Properties to private equity-owned British publisher Incisive Media for $630 million, the investment arm of late attorney and financier Bruce Wasserstein is leading a group that has agreed to acquire the legal publishing giant.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

June 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

BigLaw Defectors, In-House Counsel Fuel Growth at N.J.'s Parker Ibrahim

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

In the aftermath of the last decade's recession, while firms were retrenching, three in-house counsel from JPMorgan Chase started their own shop in New Jersey and went rapidly into expansion mode.

The Churn: Ballard Spahr Bulks Up in Delaware, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Ballard Spahr snags a leading litigator from the First State, Reed Smith hires Fried Frank's energy head and other lateral moves from around The Am Law 200.

Wachtell, Willkie, Gibson Dunn Forge Sotheby's Peace

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

The Am Law 100 trio is part of a half-dozen firms advising on an agreement to end a nasty proxy fight between activist investor Daniel Loeb and the venerable auction house.

Davis Polk Knocks Out Suit Over Facebook IPO Profits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

Legal battles over Facebook's May 2012 IPO continue to dog the company and its bankers. But Davis Polk chipped away at the litigation on Friday, defeating an investor lawsuit alleging that Facebook's underwriters improperly earned $100 million in so-called short-swing profits.

Dentons, Norton Rose Helps Buffett Branch Out in Canada

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Refugees from Canada's Heenan Blaikie helped the energy unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway expand up north.

New York Firms Increase Profits, Reducing Size

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Many large New York law firms grew their revenue and profits last year, continuing to pull ahead of the national pack when it comes to financial indicators.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The healthcare industry continues to dominate the M&A market with the announcement last week that Zimmer Holdings has agreed to acquire rival medical device specialist Biomet Inc. The cash-and-stock deal is worth $13.35 billion. Also, six major firms have tuned in for the latest episode in Comcast's dramatic $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

Big Suits

Mark Hamblett, Rebekah Mintzer, Saranac Hale Spencer, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Chevron v. Donziger; Kahn v. M&F Worldwide; Chocolate Antitrust Litigation; Asahi Kasei Pharma v. Actelion

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Super Rich Get Richer

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

It was a middling year for most big firms, but the top 20 pulled away from the pack.

Am Law 100 Firms Tune In for Comcast Deal With Charter

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Kirkland, Wachtell, Davis Polk, Willkie Farr, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher advise on Comcast's deal to transfer 1.4 million cable subscribers to Charter.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Asia Deal Digest: April 24, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

* Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields lead on state-owned company's acquisition of Hess Oil assets in Thailand* Cleary, O'Melveny and Kirkland on a Chinese IT company's $332 million take-private* Willkie Farr guides a U.S. VC fund on a $250 million investment Down Under

Skadden on Board for Endurance's Hostile Aspen Bid

: The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

The firm is advising Endurance Specialty Holdings on its $3.2 billion hostile bid for Aspen Insurance Holdings.

Public Service Recognized

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center's ninth annual gala honored Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and UBS for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service, and raised a record $1.3 million.

Akin, Milbank Help Broker Big Matzo Swap

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

With Passover approaching, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy grabbed seats at the table as The Manischewitz Company—one of the few remaining matzo makers in the U.S.—saw its ownership transfer from one privately held entity to another.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg has added John DiMatteo as a partner to lead the firm's intellectual property practice, among other news of moves and promotions.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

SVB Banks on Industry Insider as New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New general counsel Michael Zuckert comes to Silicon Valley Bank after more than a decade at Citigroup.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

SAC Capital Seeks Judge's Okay for Settlement

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Saying the firm is "deeply remorseful," a lawyer for hedge fund SAC Capital has asked a federal judge to approve its pending $1.8 billion insider-trading settlement with the government.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Business Judgment Rule Governs Move to Go Private, Justices Say

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

A going-private merger led by a controlling stockholder should be reviewed under the less-stringent business judgment rule, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled. The high court's decision affirmed a Delaware Court of Chancery ruling that MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings' full acquisition of an affiliate was proper under the business judgment rule.

Finalist: The Allstate Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Susie Lees is drawing upon her quarter-century experience in the in-house legal department at The Allstate Corp. to overhaul the department she took over in 2012 — and it's working.

Dealmakers of the Week: Skadden's Schnell and London

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Skadden partners Paul Schnell and Jeremy London led the firm team advising clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank on its $1.8 billion sale to rival Men's Wearhouse.

Court Makes Going-Private Deals Tougher to Challenge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court dismissed a suit alleging that MacAndrews & Forbes enriched itself at the expense of shareholders when it took over an affiliate in 2011, marking a win for defense lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Two competing clothiers put an end to a months-long standoff on Tuesday with Jos. A. Bank agreeing to be bought by Men's Wearhouse in a cash deal worth $1.8 billion. Also, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway for roughly $9 billion in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year.

Suitor Standoff Ends with Men's Wearhouse-Jos. A. Bank Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

The competing clothiers put an end to a months-long standoff on Tuesday with Jos. A. Bank agreeing to be bought by Men's Wearhouse in a cash deal worth $1.8 billion. Willkie reprises its lead role for Men's Wearhouse, while Skadden and St. Louis-based business law boutique Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake continue to represent Jos. A. Bank.

Big Suits

Susan Beck, Rebekah Mintzer, Ross Todd, Jan Wolfe and Sheri Qualters : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

U.S. v. JPMorgan Chase; In re Payment Card Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation; Swatch v. Tiffany; In re: Southeastern Milk Antitrust Litigation

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

One month after Time Warner Cable rejected a takeover bid as "grossly inadequate," the nation's second-largest cable company has attracted a better offer. Also, generic drug maker Actavis has said it will buy Forest Laboratories.

Miami Beach's Faena House Gets $300 Million Construction Loan

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2014

Advised by Akerman lawyers, Faena Group and Access Industries get a $300 million construction loan for Faena House in Miami Beach from HSBC Bank USA.

Dealmaker of the Week: Paul Weiss' Robert Schumer

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Schumer is leading the Paul Weiss team advising Time Warner Cable on its sale to Comcast in a $45.2 billion all-stock deal that is worth roughly $67 billion when assumed debt is added in.

Am Law Firms Feast on Comcast's Big Time Warner Buy

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Davis Polk and Willkie are advising Comcast, which announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $67 billion, including some $21.8 billion in assumed debt. Paul Weiss and Skadden are representing Time Warner in the matter, and Simpson Thacher has also landed a role.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A survey of New York's largest firms shows a slight uptick in the number of lawyers promoted to partner last year. The number of new partners firmwide at remained almost even from the number in 2012.