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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 540
  • Gross Revenues: $533,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $985,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,070,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

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 59 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 59 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 66 -7 Lawyer head count
The A-List 40 33 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 62 11 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 69 25 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 110 -110 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 88 -58 Summer programs

In the News

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Am Law Trio Advises on KKR's $2.3 Billion Insurance Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's corporate lawyers grabbed a spot across the negotiating table from longtime client KKR on Monday, advising two private equity firms on the $2.3 billion sale of insurance claims processor Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher has also snagged a role for Sedgwick, while Latham & Watkins is representing KKR.

SAC's Cohen Must Face Ex-Wife's Fraud Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

"Though treble damages are a tempting way to spice things up, civil RICO and marriage do not go together like a horse and carriage," a federal judge ruled in

Mergers and Acquisitions

Compiled by Jennifer Genova from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources : New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

New Jersey Mergers & Acquisitions.

Obituary: Millard Midonick

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Millard Midonick, the former Manhattan Surrogate best known for presiding over the dispute of painter Mark Rothko's estate, died Jan. 18 in his sleep. He was 99.

Weil Tunes In for SiriusXM on Liberty Takeover Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

SiriusXM Radio has retained Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on a $10 billion takeover bid announced earlier this month by cable giant John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. The hire is the latest large media-related M&A engagement for Weil.

Weil Adds Hong Kong Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

Investment funds specialist Albert Cho was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Kirkland & Ellis.

MoFo Lands on Two $1.5 Billion M&A Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The firm nabbed lead roles on cloud computing company VMware's $1.54 billion purchase of mobile security provider AirWatch, and the $1.56 billion sale of Finnish steelmaker Rautaruukki to Swedish rival SSAB. MoFo is advising VMware and the firm teamed up with White & Case and Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra to represent SSAB. Kilpatrick Townsend and Willkie also have roles in the AirWatch sale.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

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

A dozen Am Law 100 firms have grabbed roles on a series of transactions announced since the start of 2014 involving the insurance industry, where consolidation in the sector this year could could produce a bevy of business for transactional lawyers.

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

* Cleary and Sidley lead on $16 billion Suntory-Beam deal* Paul Hastings advising Chinese meat processor Shuanghui on a planned $6 billion IPO* Stephenson Harwood helps budget airline VietJet buy $800 million in jet engines

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Starting this fall, St. John's University will welcome students to its new Manhattan campus at 51 Astor Pl., in the East Village. The campus will be moving from its Tribeca location at 101 Murray St., which the university sold last year for $223 million.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

Statute of Frauds Not Applicable to Joint Artistic Project, Judge Rules

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 07, 2014

An experimental printmaking studio can move ahead with part of its lawsuit against a prominent Manhattan abstract painter based on a dispute arising from a collaboration of new artwork, a Manhattan State Supreme Court judge has ruled.

Baker Botts Dialed In for Liberty on Sirius XM Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Liberty Media Corp., the holding company controlled by cable magnate John Malone, has turned again to its frequent outside counsel at Baker Botts for representation on its proposed bid to buy the 48 percent of Sirius XM Holdings it doesn't already own in a roughly $10 billion all-stock deal that values the satellite radio company at $27 billion.

Men's Wearhouse Launches Increased Hostile Bid for Jos. A. Bank

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

In the latest twist in the pitched battle between competing clothiers, Men's Wearhouse launched a newly revised hostile takeover offer Monday that values rival Jos. A. Bank at roughly $1.61 billion. Willkie is advising Men's Wearhouse in the matter, while Jos. A. Bank has turned to Skadden and Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Expert Determination: Secret Alternative to Arbitration

Steven H. Reisberg : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Steven H. Reisberg, a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, discusses expert determination, which is an alternative dispute resolution proceeding where the authority granted to the expert is limited to deciding a specific factual dispute concerning a matter within the special expertise of the decision maker, usually concerning an issue of valuation.

Boies Schiller Tops Other Firms in Associate Bonuses

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

As it does every year, Boies Schiller has awarded associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have matched the range set by Cravath earlier this month.

Expert Determination: Secret Alternative to Arbitration

Steven H. Reisberg : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Steven H. Reisberg, a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, discusses expert determination, which is an alternative dispute resolution proceeding where the authority granted to the expert is limited to deciding a specific factual dispute concerning a matter within the special expertise of the decision maker, usually concerning an issue of valuation.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Sysco Corporation said Monday it will buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal worth $8.2 billion once assumed debt is factored in. Also, SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to an investor group led by former Marsh & McLennan CEO Brian Duperreault.

Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again As Most Match Market

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

As it does every year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the firm's high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set, as usual, by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.

Three Firms Advise as SAC Unloads Reinsurance Arm

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

A month after agreeing to a $1.8 billion settlement on insider trading charges, hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to Hamilton Reinsurance Group for a reported $500 million to $1 billion.

Willkie Recruits Specialist in Private Equity Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has bolstered its private equity practice by adding Kirkland & Ellis partner Kirk Radke as a partner in its New York office.

The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas..

Willkie Nets Kirkland's Radke

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Kirk Radke, a leading private equity partner in Kirkland's New York office, is heading to Willkie as a partner, the firm said Thursday.

Magic Circle Firms Lead on Global Chemical Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have grabbed lead roles on a pair of large chemical industry mergers, while Covington & Burling, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and leading Australian firm Allens are advising on several other notable transactions in the same sector.

Firms That Hired Dewey Partners Can't Block Subpoenas

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Over the objections of more than two dozen law firms, the federal bankruptcy judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 case ruled Tuesday that those firms must turn over information about how much work they inherited in taking on former Dewey partners ahead of its collapse last year.

Canadian Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Loblaw / Shoppers Drug Mart; Hudson's Bay / Saks Incorporated; Davis + Henderson / Harland Financial Solutions; Louisiana-Pacific / Ainsworth Lumber

Ready for Something Else

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

A law firm leader, secure in his post, decides to take a job in-house; and other Moves.

Suitor Switch: Men's Wearhouse Offers to Buy Jos. A. Bank

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

More than a month after rejecting Jos. A. Bank's unsolicited $2.3 billion takeover bid, The Men's Wearhouse is now offering to buy its rival for $1.53 billion in a move known as the Pac-Man defense. Willkie and Skadden continue to advise the clothiers.

Three Firms Lead on $2 Billion German Advertising Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman will acquire 70 percent of German advertising company Scout24 from telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom. Latham & Watkins is advising Hellman & Friedman on the transaction, German firm Hengeler Mueller is representing longtime client Deutsche Telekom, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher is acting as counsel to Scout24.

In-House Counsel Profile: Reinsurance Group of America Inc.'s William L. Hutton

Jason McLure : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

From just two lawyers in 2001, RGA's legal team has grown to 27 attorneys in 10 offices across the globe, and is led by William Hutton.

Reno Better Than Manhattan for Buyers Demanding Yield

: Bloomberg : January 08, 2013

Commercial real estate investors are moving to smaller markets and buying suburban properties as they search for higher returns.

O'Melveny Partner Sallet Joins FCC as Agency Staffs Up

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2013

Jonathan Sallet has left O'Melveny & Myers to lead a Federal Communications Commission task force and eventually serve as the FCC's acting general counsel.

Am Law 100 Trio Help Brookfield Get Bigger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2013

Brookfield Property Partners, an affiliate of commercial real estate giant Brookfield Asset Management, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to increase its stake in mall owner General Growth Properties to 32 percent. Goodwin Procter, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Canadian firm Torys are advising on the deal, while Weil, Gotshal & Manges is counseling the parent company on its closure of a $7 billion infrastructure fund.

Mario Cuomo

Todd G. Cosenza : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Todd G. Cosenza writes: Governor Cuomo's noble public service alone would be a sufficient reason to award him the New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award. But beyond that, I know that he takes great pride in his work as an attorney over the past 18 years at Willkie, and even more in his family and their accomplishments.

NYLJ Honors Lifetime Achievers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal pays tribute, in these essays written by friends, family and colleagues of our honorees, to 16 leaders in public interest, academia and the judiciary for their lifelong dedication to promoting justice in New York.

Am Law Firms Cut into $1.1 Billion Timber Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

Plum Creek Timber Company has agreed to acquire all of packaging company MeadWestvaco's U.S. timberlands, and will also invest in the latter's South Carolina rural development properties. Wachtell and Nelson Mullins are advising Richmond-based MeadWestvaco on the transaction.

D. C. Calendar of Events

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Clawback Controversy Now Clouding Dewey Bankruptcy

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

In an objection filed Wednesday in New York federal bankruptcy court, a group of 28 law firms asked the judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 proceedings to squash the now-defunct firm's planned investigation into so-called unfinished business claims it hopes to recover. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom on the same day, six firms sought to prevent a Howrey trustee from collecting money on such claims.