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With approximately 1,600 attorneys in 23 offices on five continents, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates (“Skadden, Arps” or “Skadden”) serves clients in every major financial center. Our strategically positioned U.S. and international locations allow us proximity to our clients and their operations and ensure a seamless and unified approach at all times.

For more than 60 years, Skadden has provided legal services to the corporate, industrial, financial and governmental communities around the world in a wide range of high-profile transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation and controversy issues. Our clients range from a variety of small, entrepreneurial companies to a substantial number of the 500 largest U.S. corporations and many of the leading global companies. We have represented numerous governments, many of the largest banks — including virtually all of the leading investment banks — and major insurance and financial services companies. The firm has more than 40 practice areas and advises clients in matters involving, among others, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, securities law, banking, project finance, energy, antitrust, tax and intellectual property.

Rankings in Surveys

Skadden frequently is identified as one of the world’s leading law firms. For example:

  • Skadden ranked as the No. 1 firm in the country for innovation in the legal sector in the Financial Times’ annual “US Innovative Lawyers” report (Nov. 21, 2013). We are the first firm to receive this honor twice and have ranked as one of the top two firms all four years the report has been published.
  • Chambers Global selected Skadden as the “International Law Firm of the Year” for 2014. We also were named “Corporate/M&A Law Firm of the Year.” Additionally, we earned 322 practice and attorney rankings, and the firm and its lawyers received 72 top-tier rankings.
  • For 13 consecutive years, Skadden has been named the top corporate law firm in the United States in Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual survey of “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” (May 2013), which asked directors of publicly traded companies to select the firms they would “most likely retain to handle a variety of corporate legal matters.”
  • Skadden was selected by The American Lawyer as a finalist for its bienĀ­nial “Litigation Department of the Year” competition in 2014. We also were named, for the third consecutive time, a member of the “Fearsome Foursome” — the four 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 2013.
  • In the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Skadden received a total of 335 practice and attorney rankings — more than any other firm. We also topped the following categories: attorney rankings (245), practice rankings (90) and “star individual” rankings (6).

Skadden emphasizes a dedication to excellent client service and the highest ethical standards across a platform that fosters collaboration, creativity and efficiency in all that we do. Our effort on behalf of clients is matched by our commitment to diversity and public service, both of which are core elements of life at the firm. In 2011, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund awarded Skadden with its first-ever “Law Firm of the Year” in recognition of our work in these two areas.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • The firm received a perfect score for the fifth time in six years in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest advocacy group for LGBT persons.
  • In 2013, we were cited by The American Lawyer in its “Diversity Scorecard” for having the highest number of African-American attorneys, the second-highest numĀ­ber of Asian-American attorneys and fourth-highest number of Hispanic attorneys of 228 major U.S. law firms.
  • In 2013, for the third consecutive year, we received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification for “law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in the firm.”

Pro Bono and Public Service

  • In 2013, Skadden’s U.S. attorneys averaged about 92 hours of pro bono work, and lawyers, summer associates and legal assistants firmwide spent more than 150,000 hours performing pro bono legal services.
  • The Skadden Fellowship Program offers a minimum of 25 two-year paid legal fellowships in the public interest sector each year. To date, 705 fellowships have been awarded.
  • We are a Charter Signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.

Main Location

Four Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-735-3000
23 offices in 14 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Armand W. Grumberg Armand W. Grumberg Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Practicing in: Corporate Law
Practicing in: Corporate Law

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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Main Location

    Four Times Square
    New York, NY 10036
    Phone: 212-735-3000
    23 offices in 14 countries


    Partners: 326
    Of Counsel: 37
    Associates: 982
    Other Lawyers: 40
    International Partners: 73
    International Associates: 230

    Practice Areas

    Advertising Law
    Antitrust Law
    Appellate Practice
    Arbitration and Mediation
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Capital Markets Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Communications Law
    Competition/Antitrust Law
    Corporate and M&A Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Finance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense: General Practice
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Derivatives and Futures Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Environmental Law
    Equipment Finance Law
    FDA Law
    Finance Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Information Technology Law
    Insolvency & Restructuring Law
    Insurance Law
    International Arbitration
    International Arbitration - Commercial
    International Arbitration - Governmental
    International Trade and Finance Law
    Labor and Employment Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Banking and Finance
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Litigation - Securities
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mutual Funds Law
    Natural Resources Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Oil and Gas Law
    Private Equity Law
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    Project Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Securities Regulation
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law
    Sports Law
    Tax Law
    Trusts and Estates