Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates at a Glance


  • “Diverse and committed group of colleagues”
  • “Great exit options and network”
  • “High-profile and sophisticated work”


  • “High stress”
  • “Unpredictable hours”
  • “Lack of partner track”

The Buzz

  • “M&A powerhouse”
  • “One of the best”
  • “Factory”
  • “Overworked associates”

About Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant among Mortals

Kind of like Oprah or Prince, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously topping the AmLaw 100 as one of the most profitable law firms. It was the first law firm to report $1 billion in annual revenue-now an industry brass ring. But it's not just about the money or numbers-Skadden consistently draws top accolades from the most esteemed rankings: Chambers, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal and the Financial Times. The firm also gets regular annual kudos from industry-specific publications-such as Corporate Board Member's ranking of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms"-and overseas rankings.

A Consummate Corporate Practice

Much of Skadden's ethos can be attributed to Joe Flom, who started at Skadden three months after its 1948 founding (legend has it that Flom's early wages came from a weekly pinochle pot) and whose name graced the door a mere 13 years later. Flom-who was active in the firm almost up until his passing, at 87, in February 2011-participated in most of the major M&A deals of the 70s and 80s, establishing Skadden's hard-nosed style and building a reputation for aggressive strategies. Flom also spearheaded the firm's practice diversification efforts from its original M&A base, and Skadden now boasts top-notch restructuring, capital markets, IP, white-collar defense, and commercial, securities, and products liability litigation groups. In recognition of Flom's imprint on the legal industry, The American Lawyer named him one of "The Lawyers of the Century" in 1999. 

Brioche and Butter

Multifaceted as it is, Skadden's forte is still M&A. Deals such as DuPont-Conoco, U.S. Steel-Marathon Oil and most notably the 1989 takeover of RJR Nabisco launched the firm onto the top rung of American law firms. Recent corporate restructurings handled by the firm include representing the unsecured creditors' committee of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, in the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy through its merger with US airways-recognized in the 2013 Financial Times' "US Innovative Lawyers" report as well as in Turnarounds & Workouts-and Central European Distribution Corp., the world's largest vodka producer, in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization plan, which was honored at the 2014 M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards-as were Anchor BanCorp's recapitalization, Travelport's restructuring and the EQT Infrastructure-Synagro distressed M&A deal in which Skadden acted. Not surprising then that Skadden was named Restructuring Team of the Year at the 2014 IFLR Americas Awards and is ranked in the top tier by U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2015, Chambers USA 2015 and IFLR1000 2014 for corporate restructuring.

The firm's work in M&A spans industries and continents, and it continuously garners awards and recognition. Skadden is a regular atop The American Lawyer's annual "Corporate Scorecard" for handling the greatest number of the largest M&A deals.

Masters of the Private Domain

Skadden helped to pioneer the privatization of private equity, which continues today. The high-profile IPO of Blackstone marked a milestone for the industry, with Blackstone becoming the first large U.S. buy-out fund to sport a public listing. It was also one of the most audacious IPOs in securities history, drawing attention to Skadden's talent for "innovative" structuring schemes. Named Private Equity Team of the Year at the 2014 IFLR Americas Awards, Skadden acts in numerous high-profile deals on behalf of prominent funds, such as Apax, BlackRock, CITIC, Permira Funds and TPG. Recent highlights include advising Permira in multibillion-dollar deals involving portfolio companies Arysta LifeScience, Marazzi Group, Atrium Innovations and Renaissance Learning; funds affiliated with Apax Partners in the approximately $4 billion sale of a majority stake in Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC to affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and funds advised by CVC Capital Partners Limited; and BlackRock Advisors, LLC in its acquisition of certain assets of BlackRock Kelso Capital Advisors LLC.

Litigation: Bigger is Better

Don't be deceived by Skadden's M&A foundation-the firm's litigators are first-rate. In 2014, the firm represented MacAndrews & Forbes in a landmark decision in which the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery's entry of summary judgment for MacAndrews & Forbes, holding for the first time that the deferential business judgment standard of review applied to a merger between a controlling stockholder and its subsidiary. Skadden also successfully defended UniCredit S.p.A. and Pioneer Alternative Investment Ltd. against multibillion-dollar common law claims brought by the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities when the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case, leaving undisturbed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (in which Skadden prevailed) that the trustee lacks standing to pursue common law claims against third parties. The firm also has been an MVP in recent high-profile sports litigation, defending the NBA against litigation brought by Donald Sterling after he was banned for life from the league and fined for making numerous racist comments, and representing all the major sports leagues and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in their suit against the state of New Jersey to prevent legalized sports gambling. In 2014, the firm continued to attract prominent lateral hires, such as former CFTC Enforcement Director David Meister, former U.S. Department of Treasury official Cyrus Amir-Mokri, and former Obama White House Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure Cliff Sloan.  The firm has an active London dispute team and a top-ranked Asia Pacific international arbitration and litigation group and has handled major matters stateside for the likes of Citigroup, CME Group, Credit Agricole, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Pfizer and UBS.


May 2015

Sweet Fifteen
For the 15th consecutive year, Skadden has been named the top U.S. law firm in Corporate Board Member magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms," which asked directors of publicly traded companies what firms they would "most likely turn to for corporate legal matters of national scope."

April 2015

Best in Brand
Skadden took the top spot, for the fourth straight year, in a report that identifies law firms with the strongest brands. The "BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms" report is based on almost 650 interviews with corporate counsel at companies with an average revenue of $17.5 billion, according to BTI Consulting Group, Inc.

December 2014

A First in Legal Innovation
Skadden again ranked in the top two in the Financial Times' 2014 U.S./North America "Innovative Lawyers" report, the only firm to do so for all five years of the FT's report. The firm had seven ranked submissions and three shortlisted for individual awards. The Firm received the top score in the new "social responsibility" category.

September 2014

Fear Factor IV
For the fourth successive year, Skadden was named a member of the "Fearsome Foursome"-the quartet of elite law firm litigation practices that "clients would least like to see on the other side of the table"-in a survey of 300 corporate counsel at the world's largest companies published by BTI Consulting in September 2014. Skadden is one of only two firms to be named to this list in all four editions of the report.

March 2014

Seoul Song
Skadden opened an office in Seoul, Korea-its 23rd office worldwide and seventh in the Asia Pacific region-providing a local platform to represent Korean and international companies and financial institutions in one of the world's leading and dynamic business centers. The Seoul office is led by a native Korean speaker previously located in New York, H. Young Shin, who has more than a decade's experience representing Korean clients across a wide range of industries on international transactions.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Four Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 735-3000
Vault ID: 418


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Partner: Eric J. Friedman
  • Hiring Partner: Howard L. Ellin
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,631

  • Employment Contact
    Carol Lee H. Sprague
    Director, Associate/Alumni Relations & Attorney Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 735-2076

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices
    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
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    181 out of 181 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust and Competition
    Class Action Litigation
    Consumer Financial Services Enforcement and Litigation
    Corporate Finance
    Corporate Governance
    Corporate Restructuring
    Derivative Financial Products, Commodities and Futures
    Energy and Infrastructure Projects
    Energy Regulation and Litigation
    European Union/International Competition
    Executive Compensation and Benefits
    False Claims Act Defense
    Financial Institutions
    Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime
    Health Care and Life Sciences
    Intellectual Property and Technology
    International Litigation and Arbitration
    Investment Management
    Labor and Employment Law
    Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Patent and Technology Litigation and Counseling
    Political Law
    Private Equity
    Real Estate/Real Estate Investment Trusts
    Securities Enforcement and Compliance
    Securities Litigation
    Structured Finance
    Tax Controversy and Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • São Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
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