Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
|Main office||4 Times Square, | New York City | NY | 10036|
|Year of establishment||1948|
|Number of offices||23|
|Largest office||New York City|
|Number of attorneys||985|
|Number of associates||312|
|Number of partners||455|
|Partner: associate ratio||1.50|
|Percent women attorneys||27.40|
|Percent minority attorneys||19.60|
|Percent gay attorneys||2.40|
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.
Areas of practice
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.
Like other top law firms, Skadden places importance on grades, but a lot remains after that. While school pedigree and grades are the beginning of trying to put your foot into Skadden, they can only ensure a call back. Personality, social interaction skills, mindset, and alignment of interests with firm requirements spell the difference between getting hired at Skadden or not. The Skadden hiring motto seems to be asking "everyone's got high grades and they are all smart and hard-working, what makes you different?" From insider experiences, Skadden goes for people who are team workers and have charisma, even if they are not toppers at their school.
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.
Salary & benefits
Skadden Arps pays associates of every graduating class at the top of the market. The starting salary is $160,000. All offices in the United States have the same pay scale. Skadden Arps's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $2,160,000, placing the firm in the 88th percentile.
These benefits are provided in most of our offices. Providing our attorneys with work/life resources to aid them in meeting professional and personal commitments is another significant component of our efforts in this area. In addition to the Flexible Return from Maternity (FRM) program, we also offer: backup childcare and eldercare options, domestic partner health benefits, parental leave, a reduced-hours program, a mothers' room for nursing mothers and lunches for attorneys with children to share parenting ideas. Skadden also developed the Sidebar program, which allows attorneys in good standing to leave the firm for up to three years (more than the six-month maximum permitted under a leave of absence), with the expectation that they will return to the firm at the end of that period consistent with the needs of the firm and their department. The firm expects and encourages Sidebar participants to remain connected with us, for example, by attending certain meetings and networking events, and continuing legal education programs. For more information, please visit skadden.com/diversity.
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|Banking Attorney in New York City, NY||USA-NY-New York City||Structured Finance Associate The candidate should have 3-4 years of experience in structured finance and securitization transactions. High level of academic achievement and solid law firm experience preferred.|
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