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Welcome to the 2000 edition of the annual NYLJ100. This edition includes not only our three law firm charts but updates on others that we introduced last year, such as major providers of alternative dispute resolution, largest in-house law departments of 20 tri-state corporations, and the largest minority firms. Other charts cover New York’s law schools, the concentration of attorneys by population for each county, and the 10 largest verdicts of the year (up to Dec. 1), as well as other information. The core of the ” NYLJ100″ ranks the 100 largest law offices in New York State. We examined any firm that has an office anywhere in the state, without regard for where its “principal” office is or even whether the firm claims one. The fact that a firm may have the bulk of its attorneys out of the state or even out of the country is also not taken into account. The number we use to rank the firm is the total of permanent, full-time attorneys in the New York office as of Sept. 30, 2000. Thus, we have many New York-based firms, whether that means Manhattan or Syracuse, Uniondale or Buffalo. Firms based in Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco and in other states join in, and this year we added Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells, listing its principal office as London. A GLANCE AT THE NUMBERS An examination of the top 100 numbers indicates that healthy increases continue, both for New York-based and non-New York-based firms. Last year’s largest New York State office was 669-lawyer Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. This year the firm takes the lead again, up by 72 to 741 attorneys, a 10.8 percent increase. Double-digit growth was also seen in other of the largest offices. For example, Davis Polk & Wardwell, number 4, added 51, to a total of 492 lawyers, an 11.6 percent increase; Weil, Gotshal & Manges, number 6, is up by 45 to 451 lawyers, an 11.1 percent increase; and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, number 10, is up by 44 to 390 lawyers, a 12.7 percent increase. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, number 14, grew a whopping 26.6 percent in its New York office, up 72 to 343 attorneys from last year’s 271. And Willkie Farr & Gallagher, tied for number 14 with 343 attorneys in Manhattan, is up by 46 from last year’s 297, a 15.5 percent increase. Some firms, however, did decrease in size. Proskauer Rose saw a 1.2 percent decrease in its New York office, to 400 lawyers from last year’s 405. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which for several past years has been growing steadily, fell by 59 from last year’s 348 Manhattan attorneys to 289 this year, a 17 percent drop. And Hughes Hubbard & Reed, number 39, dropped by 20 from last year’s 182 lawyers to 162 this year, an 11 percent decline. This mixture of growth (primarily) and decline, both large and small, continues down the 100 list. Again picking out some of the larger changes, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, an exclusively Manhattan firm and this year’s number 38, jumped by 26 lawyers, from 140 to 166, an 18.6 percent increase. And Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman, number 40, another New York firm with no other offices, jumped 14.2 percent, from last year’s 141 attorneys to 161. Down 11.1 percent is Pennie & Edmonds, this year’s number 47 with 144 lawyers in New York. Thacher Proffitt & Wood is also down, from 150 to 135 attorneys, a 10 percent drop. However, Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner surged ahead 38.3 percent, growing by 36 lawyers, to come in this year at number 52, with 130 lawyers, up from last year’s 94 attorneys. Last year’s smallest New York office was Darby & Darby at 67. This year that number is 70, found in Rubin Baum’s Manhattan office. CONSOLIDATE, CONSOLIDATE The NYLJ100 reflects the mergers and other consolidations that continue to affect the profession. The Clifford Chance-Rogers & Wells merger took effect at the beginning of the year, and the combined firm comes in at number 5 this year, with 455 lawyers in New York. Number 25, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, whose New York office jumped from 103 lawyers last year to 243 this year, reflects its joining with Battle Fowler earlier in the year. Number 27, Winston & Strawn, growing from 136 New York lawyers last year to 240 this season, is a result of its combination with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan. And Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley has swallowed Tenzer Greenblatt; the firm’s New York office comes in at number 81 this year. (The merger between Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro will not be effective until Jan. 1, 2001, and, thus, Winthrop continues to be listed in the 100 chart under its own name). Other firms also scooped up attorneys from elsewhere. Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, which has leapt from 54 to 84 lawyers in New York (a 55.6 percent jump) took in lawyers from Gordon Altman Weitzen Shalov & Wein, a mid-side firm that closed its doors. And Greenberg Traurig, the Miami-based firm with a steadily growing New York presence, snapped up the New York office of Graham & James. Greenberg’s New York office, number 29, is up from 89 lawyers last year to 221 this year, a 148.3 percent jump. TOP 25 NEW YORK-BASED Looking at the Top 25 New York-Based Firms chart (ranked by size firmwide) also reveals some hefty growth. For example, White & Case increased overall by 34.9 percent, and now totals 1,264 attorneys firmwide. Shearman & Sterling is up 13.1 percent; Weil Gotshal is up 14.7 percent; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is up 13.3 percent and, not to be outdone, Coudert Brothers, which decreased by 15 lawyers in Manhattan, is up 21 percent firmwide, from 525 last year to 635 this year. Other “double-digiters” include Davis Polk, which is up 15.2 percent; Fried Frank up 24.5 percent; Willkie Farr up 19.5 percent; and Paul Weiss up 11.6 percent. While Cadwalader has shrunk by 17 percent overall; Kelley Drye & Warren, following Cadwalader in this Top 25 listing, grew by 14.2 percent. NON-NEW YORK FIRMS The Top 25 Manhattan Offices of Non-New York-Based Firms also increase by double digits. Some examples (other than those firms already mentioned above): Los Angeles’s Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is up 30.7 percent in Manhattan (for a total of 149 lawyers here); San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster is up 26.3 percent (Manhattan total of 149 also); and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, which claims no principal office, is up 23.1 percent to 133 in its office here. Not bad. Chicago’s Kirkland & Ellis has grown in New York by 15.9 percent for a Manhattan total of 124 lawyers. Holland & Knight (no principal office) is up here by 43.8 percent to 105 lawyers; Washington, D.C.’s Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman is up 30.7 to 98 attorneys; and Minneapolis’ Dorsey & Whitney is up 18.8 percent to 82. Not to be outstripped, San Francisco’s Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison jumps onto the list this year at number 24, having grown by 44.6 percent (from 56 to 81 lawyers) in Manhattan. Similarly joining the list for the first time is Atlanta’s King & Spalding, up 21.2 percent in our city (from 66 to 80 lawyers). So, sit back, peruse the charts and make your predictions for the coming year. Visit the NYLJ 100

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