2024 Vault Rankings
- New York#36
At a Glance
“The people, the compensation, and the type of work.”
“The freedom to choose your matters and workload, and the overall feeling of independence.”
“Long hours, inability to sign off.”
“Fear of failure. High-stress nature of work.”
About Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
With a reputation for capital markets prowess and high-stakes litigation excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective—and conservatively managed—firm. With around 300 attorneys, Cahill focuses on a wide array of practice areas, including corporate finance and M&A, litigation, investigations, crisis advisory, and others.
An Exclusive Club
Cahill was founded in 1919 by the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 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 distinguished tenures at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the SEC, and the Treasury Department. Today, in addition to handling transactional and litigation matters for its financial services and banking clients, Cahill represents clients in a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, and global infrastructure.
Punching Above Its Weight
Keeping up with firms more than ten times its size, Cahill consistently ranks among the most profitable operations in the country. 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 a testament to Cahill’s transactional track record, the firm’s Corporate Finance practice has won many honors, including leading league tables annually and being ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers USA. Cahill is known for its capital markets work, specifically with high-yield debt.
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 Barclays, Brookfield Asset Management, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, S&P Global, and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Walmart, among others. The firm is known for its strong securities litigation and white collar defense practice in the U.S. and London, with a caseload that includes high-profile litigations and investigations relating to structured products and derivatives, benchmark rates, “dark pools,” and high-frequency trading. Cahill also has a thriving Internal Investigations practice, including high-profile representations of companies, boards, and audit committees covering a wide array of issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, and international sanctions compliance.
At Cahill, associates’ voices matter. The firm has an Associate Liaison Committee that focuses on associates’ concerns. The committee includes both associates and partners who work together to create solutions to issues raised by associates. Some areas the committee has tackled include the review process, flex-time, technology stipends, and training programs, among other areas.
News & Awards
- Represented The New York Times Company in a landmark First Amendment matter, New York Times Company v. United States, better known as the Pentagon Papers case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to permit the Nixon administration to halt publication of thousands of pages of secret government documents related to the war in Vietnam.
- Achieved a complete victory for Credit Suisse, following an eight-day jury trial in federal court in the Southern District of New York, defeating allegations of Credit Suisse’s participation in a 16-bank global conspiracy to manipulate the global foreign exchange market.
- Advised the financing sources in connection with $32 billion in bridge commitments provided to Broadcom’s $61 billion acquisition of VMware.
- Amidst COVID-19, advised financial institutions with over $570 billion in debt, equity, and loan financings for issuers including Airbnb, Caesars Entertainment, Netflix, T-Mobile, Levi Strauss, Albertsons, Match Group, Live Nation, QVC, and many more.
- #1 legal advisor to U.S. high-yield bond underwriters and lead arrangers of leveraged loans in the legal league tables for over 10 years—Bloomberg and Refinitiv Loan Connector
- Banking & Finance and Capital Markets—High Yield Products ranked Band 1; Corporate Crime & Investigations: Highly Regarded, ranked Band 1, 2022—Chambers USA
- Commercial Lending and Capital Markets—High Yield Debt offerings, ranked Tier 1, 2022—The Legal 500
- Great Places to Work, 2022—The Secured Lender
- Litigators of the Week, 2022—The American Lawyer
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 701-3000
Co-Chairman: William M. Hartnett, Herbert S. Washer
Hiring Partner: Sheila Ramesh
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4135/Week
Executive Director, Operations and Personnel
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 1
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC |
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Communications & Media
Corporate Governance & Investigations
Crisis Advisory & Management
Cyber & Information Security
Global Risk Assessment and Anti-Corruption Compliance (FCPA)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure
White Collar Defense
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.