Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Skadden.svg
Headquarters Condé Nast Building
New York City
United States[1]
No. of offices 22
No. of attorneys Approximately 1,700 [2]
No. of employees 3,500 (estimate)
Major practice areas Mergers and acquisitions, litigation/controversy, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, SEC reporting and compliance, banking, energy, antitrust and competition, tax, and intellectual property and technology, among others[3]
Key people Eric J. Friedman[4]
Executive partner
Claudia F. Joyce[5]
Executive director / Strategy
Noah J. Puntus[6]
Executive director / CFO
Revenue US$ 2.41 billion (2015) [7]
Date founded April 1, 1948
Founder Marshall Skadden, John Slate, and Les Arps
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website
www.skadden.com

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates (often shortened to Skadden Arps; Skadden; or SASM&F), founded in 1948, is an international law firm based in New York City. With approximately 1,700 attorneys, it is one of the highest-grossing law firms in the world.[8] Forbes magazine called Skadden "Wall Street's most powerful law firm," and the firm has been named as America's best Corporate Law firm every year since 2001.[9][10]

Timeline[edit]

  • 1948 — The firm was founded in New York by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps.
  • 1954 — Peter Mullen became a partner.
  • 1959William Meagher joined the firm. Elizabeth Head, the firm's first female attorney, was hired.
  • 1961 — The firm's name became Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
  • 1973 — The firm opened its Boston office, the firm's second.
  • 1981Peggy L. Kerr became the first female partner.[11]
  • 1985 — Skadden became one of the U.S.'s three largest law firms.
  • 1987 — The firm opened its first international office in Tokyo.
  • 1988 — The firm founded the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.
  • 2000 — New York City headquarters moved to 4 Times Square, also called the "Condé Nast Building."
  • 2011Joseph Flom, the last living name partner, dies.[12]

Locations[edit]

As of November 2016, Skadden has 22 offices worldwide.[13]

Key people[edit]

In February 2011, there were 432 Skadden partners worldwide.[14] As of November 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.[15] Among the more notable partners, counsel and of counsel are:

Rankings[edit]

Skadden's world headquarters in the Condé Nast Building

In 2015 and 2016, Skadden was the fourth largest law firm in the U.S. by revenue;[25] in 2010 it was the second largest in the world by revenue.[26] In the 2015 Global 100 survey by The American Lawyer, Skadden ranked as the fourth highest grossing law firm in the world.[27] In 2016, Skadden had 1,677 attorneys in 22 offices;[27] in 2011, the firm had 1,886 attorneys in 23 offices.[28] Measured by the number of attorneys, Skadden is the fifth largest law firm in the State of New York and 12th largest in the United States.[27][29] In 2016, Skadden was 187th on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies by revenue. Previously, the firm ranked 335th[30] on the list in 1995, rose to 194th[31] in 2003 and dropped to 213th in 2010.[32] Based on the 2017 Vault Law 100 survey of law firm associates by Vault.com, Skadden is the third most prestigious U.S. firm to work.[33] In 2016, according to NYSE Governance Services and advisory firm FTI Consulting, Skadden was named the top U.S. law firm (a position held by the firm since 2001); the annual findings are published by Corporate Board Member in its list of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms."[34][35] In 2015, Skadden became the first law firm ever to handle more than $1 trillion in M&A deals in a single year[36][37] and, for the third time in six years, the Financial Times' "Innovative Lawyers" report named Skadden the most innovative law firm in North America.[38][39] In the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Skadden received the most top rankings among law firms, including 67 Band 1 attorney rankings, 35 Band 1 practice rankings and five Star Individual rankings.[40][41]

Other work[edit]

Skadden Fellowship Foundation[edit]

Through the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, the firm sponsors law school graduates who wish to practice public interest law. The foundation was established in 1988 at the time of the firm's 40th anniversary. The Los Angeles Times has called the program "a legal Peace Corps."[42] Fellows work with a sponsoring organization that provides legal services to the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, and the disenfranchised. Skadden pays fellows a salary of $52,000 (as of 2016),[43] plus all fringe benefits the sponsoring organization offers its employees. As of 2016, the firm has awarded 761 fellowships.[44]

Political contributions[edit]

Skadden partners and employees tend to support and contribute more to Democratic political candidates than to Republicans.[45]

Prominent lawyers at the firm endorsed and financially supported John Kerry in his campaign to become president of the United States in 2004.[46][47]

In the run-up to Super Tuesday, 2008, Skadden hosted a phone bank in support of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[48][49]

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.[50] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56, 66% to Democrats,[50] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[51] Since 1990, Skadden has contributed $11.93 million to federal campaigns, and spent $2.2 million on lobbying since 2000.[52]

Notable alumni[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Forbes America's Largest Companies". Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Practices - Skadden, Arps". Skadden.com. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Eric J. Friedman – Skadden". Skadden.com. 
  5. ^ "Claudia Joyce – Skadden". Skadden.com. 
  6. ^ "Noah Puntus – Skadden". Skadden.com. 
  7. ^ "Forbes America's Largest Private Companies". Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ https://www.skadden.com/the-firm (retrieved Nov. 21, 2016)
  9. ^ "America's Top Corporate Law Firms for 2013". FTI Consulting. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  10. ^ Fisher, Daniel. "Wall Street's Most Powerful Law Firm". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  11. ^ "For Women Lawyers, An Uphill Struggle". New York Times Magazine. March 6, 1988. 
  12. ^ "Joseph H. Flom, Pioneering Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions, Dies at 87". New York Times. February 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Offices". Skadden. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  14. ^ Skadden > Attorneys Archived February 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "How Skadden Does It", Andrew Longstreth, The American Lawyer, May 2006
  16. ^ "Professionals - Skadden, Arps". Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
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  22. ^ "Professionals - Skadden, Arps". Skadden.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
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  24. ^ "Professionals - Skadden, Arps". Skadden.com. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  25. ^ "Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher | The American Lawyer". www.americanlawyer.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  26. ^ "The Global 100 2010: The World's Highest Grossing Law Firms". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  27. ^ a b c "Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher | The American Lawyer". www.americanlawyer.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  28. ^ "IRL Largest 250 Law Firms in the U.S.". Retrieved November 12, 2003. 
  29. ^ "ILRG Largest 350 Law Firms in the US". www.ilrg.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  30. ^ "Forbes Largest Private Companies 2003". December 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  31. ^ "Forbes Largest Private Companies 2003". December 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  32. ^ "#213 Skadden, Arps - Forbes.com". www.forbes.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  33. ^ "Vault.com|Vault Law 100". Vault. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  34. ^ "NYSE Governance Services FTI Consulting Announce 16th Annual Corporate Law Firms Rankings". www.fticonsulting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  35. ^ "Skadden Named Best US Corporate Law Firm for 16th Straight Year | Skadden". www.skadden.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  36. ^ Hoffman, Maureen Farrell and Liz. "Trillion Dollar M&A Milestones". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  37. ^ "With DuPont Deal, Skadden Breaks $1 Trillion M&A Barrier for 2015". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  38. ^ "North America Innovative Lawyers". www.ft.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  39. ^ "Skadden Again Ranked #1 for Innovation in North America by the FT | Skadden". www.skadden.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  40. ^ "Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - New York - Law Firm Profile - Chambers USA 2016 - Chambers and Partners". www.chambersandpartners.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  41. ^ "Skadden Tops 2016 Chambers USA Rankings | Skadden". www.skadden.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  42. ^ https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/about-foundation
  43. ^ "Q&A with Susan Butler Plum: Enabling Young Lawyers to Work with the Poor". Harvard AIDS Initiative. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  44. ^ "Skadden Foundation homepage". Nov. 21, 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  45. ^ "Fundrace 2008 Campaign Donations, Huffington Post
  46. ^ "The New Fat Cats" from Business Week Online April 12, 2004
  47. ^ "Business leaders for Kerry" from St. Petersburg Times August 5, 2004
  48. ^ "Barack Obama : : Change We Can Believe In | Event | Times Square Phone Bank". My.barackobama.com. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  49. ^ "Barack Obama : : Change We Can Believe In | Event | Times Square Phone Bank - LAST PUSH". Newyork.barackobama.com. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  50. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. 
  51. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  52. ^ "Organizations: Skadden, Arps et al". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  53. ^ http://www.chipflowers.com; http://www.flowerscounselgroup.com/index.php?page=the-honorable-chipman-flowers-jr-esq

Further reading[edit]

  • Caplan, Lincoln (1993). Skadden: Power, Money, and the Rise of a Legal Empire. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN 0-374-26566-6. 
  • "How Skadden Does It", Andrew Longstreth, The American Lawyer, May 2006.

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