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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.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Willkie Farr & Gallagher has 526 attorneys and is the 79th largest firm in the United States.  With $559,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 57th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Willkie Farr & Gallagher ranked as the 68th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in DC and NY.

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

Cadwalader Revives Houston Office With Addition of Energy Partner

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 03, 2015

After a dip in profits in 2014 and an emptying of the firm's Houston office, Cadwalader is looking to regain ground with three big lateral hires, including Chad Mills, a former transactional energy partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

Dealmaker of the Week: Alison Ressler of Sullivan & Cromwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 27, 2015

A corporate partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ressler advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in its $10.1 billion acquisition of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Willkie Farr Achieves Personal Best in 2014

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : February 27, 2015

M&A and private equity work helped Willkie Farr & Gallagher's partner profits rise 14.5 percent to $2.56 million last year. Gross revenue also increased 14.5 percent, to $640 million, while revenue per lawyer jumped 8.5 percent, to $1.155 million. All three totals marked record highs for the firm.

Canadian Big Deals

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Royal Bank of Canada / City National; Repsol / Talisman Energy; Three Bryant Park Purchase; Alimentation Couche-Tard / The Pantry

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 26, 2015

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.'s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion. Latham & Watkins advised on the most number of deals, with four, while Sullivan & Cromwell led the way in terms of transaction value.

Big Deals

Alex Veiga : The Associated Press : February 26, 2015

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has agreed to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for about $10 billion in cash.

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 23

: Texas Lawyer : February 23, 2015

Rachel A. de Cordova has joined Phelps Dunbar in Houston as a partner in the regional marine and energy practice groups.

Seismic Data Firm Stabilizes After Bankruptcy

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 23, 2015

After experiencing fiscal tremors in recent years, Global Geophysical Services (GGS), a seismic data company in the oil and gas industry, recently completed its balance sheet restructuring and successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Greenberg Traurig Grows in Chicago, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 22, 2015

A Chicago boutique is absorbed by Greenberg Traurig; a Gibson Dunn practice leader heads out on his own; Sidley Austin and Steptoe & Johnson each add a trio; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 18, 2015

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

Seismic Data Firm Stabilizes After Bankruptcy

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 17, 2015

After experiencing fiscal tremors in recent years, Global Geophysical Services (GGS), a seismic data company in the oil and gas industry, recently completed its balance sheet restructuring and successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Dickstein Shapiro Continues to See Departures, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 15, 2015

Dickstein Shapiro's deputy IP practice leader joins Arent Fox; Brown Rudnick brings on two 'Big Short' litigators; Latham & Watkins hires in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200. On the Move is compiled from law firm announcements and reporting. Please send all memos and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has hired Richard Tarlowe, former head of the complex frauds and cybercrime unit of the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office, as counsel in its litigation department, among other moves and promotions.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Advise on Pfizer's Bid for Hospira

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Am Law firms working on a $15.2 billion pharmaceutical transaction between Pfizer and Hospira; a $10.54 billion telecom deal between Frontier and Verizon; a $7.3 billion asset sale by building material manufacturers Holcim and Lafarge; and a $6.3 billion merger between Staples and Office Depot.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

St. John's Service Award

: New York Law Journal : February 03, 2015

Steven Gartner, co-chairman at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, received the John J. Murphy Award from St. John's University School of Law at its 2015 Alumni Association Luncheon Friday.

New York Promotions Remain Steady, While Firmwide Numbers Increase

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 02, 2015

The number of New York lawyers promoted to partner at the largest law firms in the state is holding steady, while several firms are increasing partner promotions firmwide.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Morgan Lewis Shuffles Leadership in NY Office

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2015

After absorbing some partners from Bingham McCutchen, Morgan Lewis & Bockius has reshuffled its New York leadership while the former head of Bingham's Manhattan office has left the firm.

Hedge Funds Add Top Talent, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Kirkland & Ellis saw a pair of leading M&A partners depart for new roles on the business side; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Willkie Farr; Skadden snags a leading trusts and estates lawyer; Squire Patton Boggs adds a retired Utah congressman; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

New arrivals, laterals, and a new office in this week's column.

Davis Polk Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2015

A Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner in Silicon Valley leaves the firm to return to the business side; Greenberg Traurig grows in Mexico City; Hogan Lovells expands in Vietnam; Wilmer adds a new lobbying cochair and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

Willkie Fees in Hospital Bankruptcy Draw Renewed Scrutiny

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2015

As the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn pieces itself back together after exiting bankruptcy last summer, questions persist over the $15.3 million in fees and expenses paid out to law firms—including Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Alston & Bird and Nixon Peabody—and other advisers that worked on the 18-month proceeding.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

New Yorkers Say Goodbye to a Powerful Voice for the Law

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2015

Family and friends will say farewell today to Mario Cuomo, an eloquent voice for the rule of law and for the poor during his career as an attorney and three-term governor, who died at his Manhattan home Thursday, hours after his son Andrew was sworn in to his second term as governor.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Asia's Biggest-Ticket Recent Transactions

Enforcement/Regulation: Conflict and Transition

Jenna Greene and Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : December 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.'s Justice Department took on big banks and police misconduct in 2014, and the FCC grappled with crafting rules for Internet service providers.