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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Headquarters4 Times Square
New York City
United States[1]
No. of offices22
No. of attorneysApproximately 1,700 [2]
No. of employees3,500 (estimate, including partners)
Major practice areasTransactions, litigation/controversy and regulatory[3]
Key peopleEric J. Friedman[4]
Executive partner
Claudia I. Joyce[5]
Executive director / Strategy
Noah J. Puntus[6]
Executive director / CFO
RevenueUS$ 2.41 billion (2015) [7]
Date foundedApril 1, 1948
FounderMarshall Skadden, John Slate, and Les Arps
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, commonly known as Skadden or sometimes Skadden Arps, is an international law firm based in New York City.


  • 1948 — The firm is founded in New York by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps.[8]
  • 1959William Meagher joins the firm. Elizabeth Head, the firm's first female attorney, is hired.[8]
  • 1960 — The firm's name becomes Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.[8]
  • 1961 — Peter Mullen, who will later serve as Skadden's first executive partner, joins the firm.[9]
  • 1973 — The firm opens its second office, in Boston.[8]
  • 1981Peggy L. Kerr becomes Skadden's first female partner.[10]
  • 1985 — Skadden ranks as one of the U.S.'s three largest law firms.[8]
  • 1987 — The firm opens its first international office, in Tokyo.[8]
  • 1988 — The firm founds the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.[8]
  • 2000 — Skadden's New York City headquarters moves to 4 Times Square, the "Condé Nast Building."[8]
  • 2008 — With the City College of New York, the firm launches the Skadden, Arps Honors Program, to increase diversity in law schools and the legal profession.[11]
  • 2011Joseph Flom, the last living name partner, dies.[12]
  • 2014 — The firm opens its 23rd office, in Seoul.[13]
  • 2015 — Skadden becomes the first law firm to advise on more than $1 trillion worth of deals in a single year.[14]
  • 2019 — Skadden pays $4.6 million settlement to the Department of Justice over Skadden's failure to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registrations Act.[15] The $4.6 million represents Skadden's fees for up to 950 hours of work with Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian government in 2012, which Skadden had initially told the Department of Justice had been billed at 100 Ukrainian hryvnias ($13) per hour.[16] As of May 2019, Skadden, along with Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group, have been under investigation by the Southern District of New York (SNDY) for possible lobbying violations regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.[17]


As of December 2016, Skadden has 22 offices worldwide.[18] It plans to move its Manhattan headquarters from 4 Times Square to the Manhattan West complex near Hudson Yards.[19]

Key people

In February 2011, there were 432 Skadden partners worldwide.[20] As of December 2016, there are 381 partners worldwide. Unlike some firms that have introduced two-tier partnerships with equity and non-equity partners, Skadden maintains a one-tier partnership, in which all partners are equity partners and share ownership of the firm.[21]

Notable partners are:


Skadden's world headquarters at the 4 Times Square building, also formerly known as the Condé Nast building

In 2015 and 2016, Skadden was the fourth largest law firm in the U.S. by revenue. In the 2015 Global 100 survey by The American Lawyer, Skadden ranked as the fourth-highest grossing law firm in the world.[26] In 2016, Skadden had approximately 1,700 attorneys in 22 offices;[26] in 2011, the firm had approximately 1,900 attorneys in 23 offices.[27] Measured by the number of attorneys, Skadden is the fifth largest law firm in New York and 12th largest in the United States.[26][28] In 2016, Skadden was 187th on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies by revenue.[29] Previously, the firm ranked 335th[30] in 1995, 194th[31] in 2003 and 213th in 2010.[32] In 2015, Skadden became the first law firm ever to handle more than $1 trillion in M&A deals in a single year[33][34] and, for the third time in six years, the Financial Times' "Innovative Lawyers" report named Skadden the most innovative law firm in North America.[35][36]

Other work

Skadden Fellowship Foundation

Through the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, the firm sponsors law school graduates who wish to practice public interest law. The foundation was established in 1988 in honor of the firm's 40th anniversary. The Los Angeles Times has called the program "a legal Peace Corps."[37] Fellows work with a sponsoring organization that provides legal services to the poor, elderly, homeless, disabled and disenfranchised. Skadden pays fellows a salary of $52,000 (as of 2016),[38] plus all the fringe benefits the sponsoring organization offers its employees. Through 2016, the firm has awarded 791 fellowships.[39] Since the program's inception, nearly 90 percent of its fellows have remained in public interest or public sector work.[40]

Political contributions

Skadden partners and employees tend to support and contribute more to Democratic political candidates than to Republicans.[41] Prominent lawyers at the firm endorsed and financially supported John Kerry in his campaign to become president of the United States in 2004.[42][43] In the run-up to Super Tuesday 2008, Skadden hosted a phone bank in support of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[44][45]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Skadden was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.98 million, 76% to Democrats.[46] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats[46] and oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[47] From 1990 through 2008, Skadden contributed $11.93 million to federal campaigns; between 2000 and 2008 the firm spent $2.2 million on lobbying.[48]

Notable alumni

In addition to numerous professors and partners at other firms, some of the more notable former Skadden attorneys include:

See also


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  6. ^ "Noah Puntus – Skadden". Skadden.com.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "History Skadden". www.skadden.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
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  10. ^ "For Women Lawyers, An Uphill Struggle". New York Times Magazine. March 6, 1988.
  11. ^ "Unique Partnership - CCNY". CCNY. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
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  13. ^ "Firm Opens Office in Seoul". www.skadden.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  14. ^ Hoffman, Maureen Farrell and Liz. "Trillion Dollar M&A Milestones". WSJ. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
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  16. ^ Robson, Nate; January 17, Ellis Kim |; PM, 2019 at 03:48. "Skadden Settlement Spotlights Greg Craig's Ukraine Work". National Law Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  17. ^ Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish (May 20, 2019). "Tracking 29 Investigations Related to Trump". nytimes.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
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  19. ^ "Times Square Is Having Trouble Hanging On to Office Workers". Bloomberg.com. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  20. ^ Skadden > Attorneys Archived February 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "How Skadden Does It" Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine, Andrew Longstreth, The American Lawyer, May 2006
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  28. ^ "ILRG Largest 350 Law Firms in the US". www.ilrg.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
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  31. ^ "Forbes Largest Private Companies 2003". December 11, 2008.
  32. ^ "#213 Skadden, Arps - Forbes.com". www.forbes.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  33. ^ Hoffman, Maureen Farrell and Liz. "Trillion Dollar M&A Milestones". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  34. ^ "With DuPont Deal, Skadden Breaks $1 Trillion M&A Barrier for 2015". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  35. ^ "Financial Times, 2012 U.S. Report" (PDF). Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  36. ^ "North America Innovative Lawyers". www.ft.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  37. ^ https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/about-foundation
  38. ^ "Q&A with Susan Butler Plum: Enabling Young Lawyers to Work with the Poor". Harvard AIDS Initiative. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  39. ^ "Skadden Foundation homepage". December 16, 2016.
  40. ^ "Skadden Fellows Home". Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  41. ^ "Fundrace 2008 Campaign Donations, Huffington Post
  42. ^ "The New Fat Cats" Archived 2012-02-26 at the Wayback Machine from Business Week Online April 12, 2004
  43. ^ "Business leaders for Kerry" from St. Petersburg Times August 5, 2004
  44. ^ "Barack Obama : : Change We Can Believe In | Event | Times Square Phone Bank". My.barackobama.com. 2013-01-01. Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
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  47. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  48. ^ "Organizations: Skadden, Arps et al". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
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  50. ^ Palmer, Doug (April 27, 2017). "Stephen Vaughn, the Hamiltonian at USTR". Politico. Retrieved May 11, 2017.

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