Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP at a Glance


  • “Above-market compensation”
  • “Sophisticated transactions”
  • “Freedom to work with whoever you would like to”


  • “Unpredictable hours”
  • “Technology is slightly dated and often problematic”
  • “Somewhat limited client base”

The Buzz

  • “Capital markets powerhouse”
  • “Great bonuses”
  • “Prestigious sweatshop”
  • “Sink-or-swim vibe”

About Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

With a reputation for capital markets prowess and First Amendment excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective-and conservatively managed-firm. With around 350 attorneys, Cahill focuses on a pool of practice areas ranging from corporate finance to crisis advisory and management.

An Exclusive Club

Cahill was founded in 1919, and from the start, it proved itself as a player in corporate law and finance. Its best-known name partner was John T. Cahill, a former U.S. attorney for New York's Southern District in Manhattan-an office that The New York Times dubbed "one of the city's most powerful clubs." Cahill led a period of growth and expansion after World War II; over time, the firm welcomed partners and attorneys with stints at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the SEC and the Treasury Department. Today, in addition to its financial services and banking clients, Cahill represents clients in a variety of practice areas, from real estate to government investigations.

Playing with the Big Boys

Keeping up with firms more than ten times its size, Cahill consistently ranks among the most profitable operations in the country on a per-partner basis. With global debt and equity capital markets and bank financing deals as the firm's forte, Cahill represents numerous leading banks and multinational companies. In recent times, Cahill has advised the underwriters in the IPO of Ally Financial (formerly known as GMAC) in a move by the company to improve its financial program and to repay T.A.R.P. funds allocated to it by the U.S. Treasury following the financial crisis and in the IPOs of HCA, Inc., Nielsen and Aramark-all among the largest U.S. private-equity backed IPOs. Cahill also helped NBC in its recent $7.75 billion acquisition of the exclusive broadcast rights to the Olympic Games through 2032 and represented in its acquisition of Harry & David. Turning to LBOs, the firm has counseled the financiers behind the recent leveraged buyouts of Dell, H.J. Heinz, Dole Foods, Gates Global, Tibco Software and Illinois Tool Works, as well as in eight of the ten largest buyouts completed in the 2006-07 buyout boom. In a testament to Cahill's transactional track record, the firm has won many honors and topped many rankings thanks to its corporate finance practice.

That's not to say Cahill's a one-trick pony, though. The firm has also forged a reputation as a formidable house for litigation. Some of Cahill's notable recent clients include AIG, Credit Suisse, Deustche Bank, McGraw-Hill Financial, Inc. (and its subsidiary Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC), and Time Warner Cable. Partner Floyd Abrams, considered by many to be the foremost First Amendment advocate of his time, has played key roles in a number of defining free-speech decisions, including his defense of The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and his subsequent representation of reporters Matt Cooper and Judith Miller as the federal government tried to pressure them to divulge the identities of anonymous Capitol Hill sources. Recently, Cahill represented Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Risen in connection with a subpoena for testimony about the identity of his confidential sources. Following lengthy litigation, the U.S. Department of Justice withdrew its effort to have him testify in March of 2015. The firm continues to build its securities litigation & white collar defense practice, with a caseload that includes high-profile litigations relating to financial crisis-era losses involving structured products and derivatives, benchmark rates, "dark pools" and high-frequency trading.


April 2015

Just What the Doctor Ordered
Cahill advised the financing sources in their various capacities as initial purchasers, underwriters, agents and lead arrangers in debt, equity and bank financing transactions that backed the $15.8 billion acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The deal was consummated in a relatively compressed time frame, in which Cahill represented Deutsche Bank Securities, HSBC, MUFG, DNB Markets, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets and Citigroup in providing committed financing for the acquisition as well as each of the three distinct bank, bond and equity transactions that collectively generated proceeds of over $16.5 billion to fund the acquisition.

Power Play
Cahill represented Foresight Energy in the acquisition of a significant economic interest of Foresight Energy by Murray Energy Corporation for a cash consideration of approximately $1.37 billion. The merger of the two major coal companies has created one of the nation's biggest coal mining companies.

March 2015

National Reach
Cahill represented McGraw-Hill Financial, Inc. and Standard & Poor's Financial Services in connection with lawsuits commenced by the United States, 19 states, the District of Columbia and numerous private litigants in connection with S&P's credit ratings of mortgage-backed and other structured finance securities. Since 2009, Cahill has obtained dismissals in 29 S&P-related litigations around the country and has won numerous appeals.

January 2015

Protecting Journalistic Integrity
After a nearly eight-year legal battle to keep New York Times reporter James Risen from having to testify about the identity of his confidential sources, the U.S. Department of Justice withdrew its effort to have him do so. Mr. Risen's 2006 book, State of War, used confidential sources to describe a failed CIA operation. Cahill represented Mr. Risen in connection with this case since 2007, when he was first contacted by the Justice Department as part of an effort to compel him to identify those sources as part of the government's efforts to prosecute a former CIA officer for allegedly leaking the information to Mr. Risen.

November 2014

Whopper of a Deal!
Cahill represented the financing sources in bank loan and bond issuance transactions with an aggregate value of $9 billion, to fund the acquisition of Canadian coffee giant Tim Horton's by Burger King. On the bank side, Cahill represented JPMorgan Chase Bank and the group of lead arranging banks in a $6.75 billion bank financing, to fund the acquisition. In connection with the bond deal, Cahill represented Wells Fargo Securities and the other initial purchasers in offering $2.25 billion in second lien senior secured notes due 2022, to also fund the acquisition.

August 2014

Safety First
The U.S. Department of Justice appointed Cahill partner David Kelley as the independent monitor responsible for overseeing Toyota Motor Corp.'s compliance with safety efforts as part of the deferred prosecution agreement Toyota entered into with the DOJ that was announced in March 2014, following an investigation finding the company had issued misleading statements over safety recalls on certain of its vehicles. As the independent monitor, Mr. Kelley leads the Cahill team that reviews, assesses and reports on the policies, practices and procedures for Toyota's safety compliance and communications in the United States.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

80 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 701-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: William M. Hartnett
  • Hiring Partner: Brian Markley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 364

  • Employment Contact
    Donna Manion
    Director of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 701- 3901

    Legal Recruiting Office
    Phone: (212) 701-3944

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year:  $160,000
    2nd year:  $170,000
    3rd year:  $185,000
    4th year:  $210,000
    5th year:  $230,000    
    6th year:  $250,000
    7th year:  $265,000
    8th year:  $280,000
    Summer associate:  $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    40 out of 40 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Corporate Governance & Investigations
    Crisis Advisory & Management
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Intellectual Property
    Pro Bono
    Real Estate
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Washington, DC
  • London

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