Sullivan & Cromwell

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell
Headquarters 125 Broad Street
New York City
No. of offices 12 total, 8 international
No. of attorneys 802 (2013)
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Joseph Shenker, Chairman and Senior Partner
H. Rodgin Cohen , Senior Chairman
Revenue Increase $1.08 billion (2010)
Date founded 1879
Founder Algernon Sydney Sullivan and William Nelson Cromwell
Company type Limited liability partnership

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is an international law firm headquartered in New York. It gained notoriety for its impact on international affairs, and for the benefits accrued to its corporate clients by decisions of its alumni, the brothers Allen (CIA Director) and John (US Secretary of State) Dulles.[1][2]


Founding partners Algernon Sydney Sullivan and William Nelson Cromwell advised John Pierpont Morgan during the creation of Edison General Electric (1882) and later guided key players in the formation of U.S. Steel (1901) and the financing of the Panama Canal.[2] The firm has been closely involved in the affairs of some of America's, and now the world's, greatest industrial, commercial and financial enterprises; it represents the Panama Canal Authority to this day.[citation needed]

During the Great Depression and its aftermath, the firm litigated in the newly emerging fields shareholder derivatives, antitrust actions, federal income tax law, and registration under the Securities Act of 1933.

In 1935, Allen Dulles visited Germany and returned greatly disturbed by the direction of the regime. He advised that the firm should close its Berlin office, against his brother's strong objections, and the partners eventually voted to close it, although John Foster subsequently backdated documents to suggest that the closing date had been 1934.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Individuals who have worked at Sullivan & Cromwell include:


  1. ^ a b c Stephen Kinzer (2013). The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0805094970. 
  2. ^ a b McCullough, David (1977). The Path Between the Seas. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 698. ISBN 978-0-671-22563-6. 

Further reading[edit]

  • VEP: Sullivan & Cromwell. New York: Vault, Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-58131-095-1. 
  • Lisagor, Nancy; Frank Lipsius (1989). A Law Unto Itself: The Untold Story of the Law Firm Sullivan & Cromwell. New York: Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-239-3. 

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