Cahill Gordon & Reindel

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Headquarters32 Old Slip
New York, New York 10005
No. of offices3
No. of attorneysApproximately 350
Major practice areasCorporate, Litigation, Investigations, Crisis Advisory, Tax, Insurance, Antitrust, First Amendment, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Environmental
Key peopleWilliam M. Hartnett, co-Chair, Executive Committee,
Herbert S. Washer, co-Chair, Executive Committee,
Stuart Downing, Operating Partner,
Ariel Goldman, Operating Partner
RevenueIncrease US$382.5 million (2016)[1]
Date founded1919
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP (founded 1919) is a New York-based international law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and London. The firm is prominent in the practice areas of capital markets and banking & finance.[2]

Cahill's New York headquarters at 32 Old Slip, New York, NY


Cahill opened its doors at 120 Broadway in 1919 as McAdoo, Cotton & Franklin. In 1921 William G. McAdoo moved away to California, and the firm was renamed Cotton & Franklin.[3] By the end of the Depression, it expanded to handle bankruptcies, reorganizations, and regulatory matters. During and after the Second World War, under the leadership of John T. Cahill, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the firm grew dramatically. As Cahill Gordon Reindel & Ohl, it moved to 80 Pine Street, where it remained until 2020, then it moved to 32 Old Slip. Partner John Ohl, a tax specialist, retired in 1976.[4] The firm established its Paris office in 1928, though it closed in 2000 when the firm opened its London office.[5] Today, Cahill maintains offices in London and Washington D.C, though its largest office by far is in New York City.

Litigation work[edit]

On behalf of Cahill, Floyd Abrams successfully defended The New York Times in the landmark New York Times Co. v. United States case. In that 1971 case the Supreme Court of the United States refused to permit the Nixon Administration to stop the publication of thousands of pages of Vietnam War-related government documents. Thereafter, Abrams and Cahill became prominent defenders of the media and First Amendment rights. On September 9, 2009, Abrams argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of Senator Mitch McConnell in the highly publicized re-argument ordered by the Court on the constitutionality of McCain-Feingold, defending the rights of corporations and unions to donate unlimited amounts of money to political allies in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Corporate work[edit]

The firm is active in the US capital markets, the Euromarket, and bank lending market, advising investment and commercial banks in their roles as underwriters, initial purchasers, arrangers, agents, and dealer managers. It was Cahill that represented the financing sources in many of Wall Street's historic buyouts, beginning with the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco in 1989, up through the mega-buyouts of TXU, Hospital Corporation of America, Kinder Morgan, Harrah’s, Alltel, First Data and Clear Channel in the 2006 and 2007 LBO boom, where the largest buyout records were set.


Notable attorneys[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 2017 Am Law 100". The American Lawyer. 2014-05-05.
  2. ^ "Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP | Company Profile".
  3. ^ Robert T. Swaine (2007). The Cravath Firm and Its Predecessors, 1819-1947. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-58477-713-7.
  4. ^ "John P. Ohl, 84, Dies; A Retired Tax Lawyer". The New York Times. 1994-01-13.
  5. ^ "Cahill shuts in Paris as it opens in City". The Lawyer. 2000-06-12. Archived from the original on 2012-12-16.

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