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For the first time since The National Law Journal began publishing its annual client lists in 1988, the 2000 survey has been fully integrated. In the past, the NLJ has produced two separate listings — Who Represents Corporate America and Who Represents Financial America. This year, the survey includes all of the biggest 250 institutions listed in the annual Fortune 500 — financial institutions, banks and insurance companies, industrial and service corporations. The NLJ asked the institutions for the number of in-house attorneys company-wide, names and titles of top in-house legal officers, names of any members of the boards of directors in private practice; and names of outside law firms used most in the previous year. Each company was asked to provide the names of up to five firms: Some chose to list more; others listed fewer. Firms are listed in the order given by the corporation: some alphabetically; many in order of the previous year’s billing records. Others gave two or three of the firms paid the most in the previous year, plus one or two with which the company has a long-standing relationship. The cities listed after the name are the branches used by the companies; if the company uses several branches, the home office alone, or “various offices,” is indicated. ALTERNATIVE PATHS There were several companies that declined to provide a list of the top law firms, most notably the insurance conglomerates, such as Liberty Mutual Group, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and United Services Automobiles Association. For these and other recalcitrant companies, we searched court records, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, Standard & Poor’s, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and back issues of the NLJ and other American Lawyer Media publications, and interviewed attorneys at various firms to determine outside counsel. Some companies also declined to provide the number of in-house attorneys. For those figures, we have turned to Martindale-Hubbell, the Directory of Corporate Counsel or other sources associated with the relevant company. For companies that no longer exist independently as the result of a merger, information on attorneys, directors and firms is indicated by N/A, or not applicable. USUAL SUSPECTS While the overall makeup of the list has changed, the name of the firm most mentioned by the companies has not. New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leads the scorecard, as it has in every Who Represents Corporate America list since 1988. Skadden was cited by 41, or more than 16 percent , of the 250 companies on the roster. The newly-merged Howrey Simon Arnold & White is at second place with 24 companies, up from third for the Howrey & Simon portion of the firm in 1999. In 1999, Skadden, Baker & McKenzie and Howrey & Simon led the list, in that order. Skadden also has a commanding lead on the list of firms most mentioned by financial companies. The firm was cited by 15 of the 51 banks, diversified financial institutions, brokers and insurance companies. Sullivan & Cromwell, the perennial leader in representation by commercial banks in the NLJ’s Who Represents Financial America surveys, was a distant second, with six mentions. Four firms follow in a tie for third — New York’s Davis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae; and O’Melveny & Myers. The NLJ Client List: Who Represents Corporate America? Firms Mentioned Most in Survey

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