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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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Main Office:
4 Times Square, | New York City | NY | 10036
Phone: 212-735-3000  | Fax: 212-735-2000 

Year of establishment 1948 Number of Partners 455
Number of offices 23 Partner:associate ratio 1.50
Larget office New York City percent women attorneys 27.40
Number of attorneys 985 percent minority attorneys 19.60
Number of associates 312 percent gay attorneys 2.40
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


With 23 offices, approximately 1,600 attorneys and more than 40 distinct areas of practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates serves clients in every major international financial center, providing the specific legal advice companies across a spectrum of industries need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Our clients include approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities, small, entrepreneurial companies and nonprofits. Skadden’s attorneys and staff share a commitment to providing our clients with the highest-quality and most cost-effective legal services in an atmosphere emphasizing teamwork, creativity, responsiveness and diversity.

Notable cases

  • Skadden has won several major victories for its clients in the corporate sector. It was instrumental in securing rescue for the CIT Group during the 2008 financial crises, by arranging for the largest prepackaged bankruptcy solicitation till date.
  • Skadden has also secured a win for its client, Fresh Del Monte Produce in April 2012 against Del Monte Foods Co. At the end of the two-week trial, the jury found that the company had the exclusive right under the parties' contract to use the Del Monte trademark on certain refrigerated preserved fruit. The company also got a verdict in its favor in five out of six Lanham Act false advertising claims against Del Monte Foods'.
  • Skadden represented Sprint Nextel Corp. when the company opposed AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA Inc. AT&T later dropped the proposed deal after the Department of Justice, FCC and some state attorney generals got involved.
  • Skadden has been chosen to represent the newest country in the world - Republic of South Sudan, in its negotiations with the Republic of Sudan over the former's oil sector. The firm is also helping South Sudan in creating arrangements with international oil companies over production and transportation issues.

Awards and recognitions

This March, in one of its latest recognitions, Skadden was selected as Chambers Global's Law Firm of the Year: USA. Also in March, 2012, Skadden was honored by the Global Arbitration Review. In February, 2012, Skadden was named Asia-Pacific '2012 Client Service Firm of the Year' by Chambers. The Awards and Recognitions list of Skadden is nearly endless, but some that require mention includes: Being ranked the 6th largest US law firm in 2010 by the National Law Journal, and being selected consecutively for the past six years as the best corporate law firm in the U.S. by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting.


As a truly global law firm Skadden strongly focuses on nursing diversity and has a Diversity Committee in place. Associates and attorneys serve on the Attorney Diversity Committee which works with the firm's principal Diversity Committee to create programs and projects for recruitment, development, and community involvement of attorneys.

Skadden and the City College of New York have created a program called the The Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Honors Program in Legal Studies to help talented students of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Summer associate program

Skadden does a lot of on-campus recruitment and works with law school affinity groups to assess and recruit talent. In the U.S., Skadden runs programs and projects targeted at the student community conjointly with organizations like Asian Pacific American Law Students Associations, Black Law Students Associations, Latino Law Students Associations, OUTLaws (for LGBT students) and Women's Law Students Associations. The Skadden 1L Scholars Program, to be launched in New York, summer 2012 would be starting a paid internship for law students from diverse backgrounds.

Working for the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

According to number of attorneys Skadden is the tenth largest law firm in the world, the sixth largest in the United States and the second largest in the city of New York. It has almost 1900 attorneys spread across 23 offices.

Skadden has its own corporate culture, and in a serious departure from overnight big law firms, Skadden has never acquired a practice group larger than six attorneys. It stays away from big mergers and depends upon growth from within the firm rather than upon growth hired by large mergers. The policy seems curious to many given that mergers & acquisitions is the biggest practice area of Skadden.

At Skadden, there is a strong focus on the development of internal human resources and the firm provides mentoring programs, training seminars and lectures to develop and assimilate incoming associates and attorneys.

Skadden's extreme focus on talent development and retention can be seen from its strategies and programs like 'Sidebar.' The 'Sidebar' program allows attorneys in good standing with the firm to leave the firm for up to three years, allowed to continue attending firm programs such as networking and legal seminars, and return within three years to their respective departments.

It is difficult to visualize such extreme focus on talent retention as the Sidebar Plus program at Skadden. Under the program, associates can leave the firm for a year to go for public interest or other opportunities while continuing to receive one-third of their base salary, student loan payments and reimbursements of COBRA payments.


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