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Sullivan & Cromwell

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Founded in 1879, Sullivan & Cromwell has a long and storied history - one involving some of the biggest movers and shakers in business throughout the decades. From involvement with General Electric’s creation, to helping finance railroad build-out and industrial expansion, to advising international investments, Sullivan & Cromwell has likely seen it all.



Sullivan & Cromwell continues that strive for full-service and excellence today. Sullivan & Cromwell credits the intelligence and expertise of its attorneys with its success, both domestically and abroad. Sullivan & Cromwell trains its attorneys to be generalists with its broad practice areas, ready to take on anything that might lie ahead. In keeping with that goal, Sullivan & Cromwell is also known for promoting associates to partner positions almost exclusively within its own ranks – a true incentive for young associates starting out to work towards.[1]

In addition to its business goals, Sullivan & Cromwell is dedicated to various initiatives, programs, projects and organizations. Among them, Sullivan and Cromwell has its own diversity committee committed to promoting diversity within the workplace as well as the legal profession. In addition, Sullivan & Cromwell is concerned about its impact on the environment. The proactive steps it has taken to reduce its impact on the environment helped garner it “carbon neutral” status as early as 2005. Sullivan & Cromwell is also dedicated to Pro Bono work through legal practice, projects, and community organizations. Sullivan & Cromwell devoted almost 72,000 hours to public service in 2009 alone.[2]

Sullivan & Cromwell Practice Areas

Sullivan & Cromwell is an all-purpose law firm, catering to over 30 different areas of practice within the law.[3]

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Broker-Dealer Regulation
  • Clean Technology and Alternative Energy
  • Commodities, Futures and Derivatives
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Credit and Leveraged Finance
  • Criminal Defense and Investigations
  • EC Competition
  • Environmental
  • Estates and Personal
  • Executive Compensation and Benefits
  • Financial Institutions
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Hedge Funds
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • International Trade and Investment / CFIUS
  • Investment Management
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Privatizations
  • Products Liability
  • Project Development and Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Securities
  • Securities Litigation
  • Structured Finance
  • Tax

Sullivan & Cromwell Offices

Sullivan & Cromwell is truly a global law firm seeking to meet the needs of its clients worldwide. Sullivan and Cromwell can be found at 12 different offices, several in the United States and more than half in countries abroad.[4]

  • Beijing
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Melbourne
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • Paris
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Washington, D.C.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s headquarters can be found in New York City.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
125 Broad Street
New York, New York, 10004

Phone: 212-558-4000
Fax: 212-558-3588
Web: www.sullcrom.com

Sullivan & Cromwell Size

Having many offices worldwide, it should come as no surprise that Sullivan & Cromwell is quite a large firm. Across all its offices, Sullivan & Cromwell employs 799 attorneys and has 166 partners.[5]

Sullivan & Cromwell Recruiting

Associates at Sullivan & Cromwell praise the high-quality nature of the work endured, as well as the opportunities to take on meaningful responsibility, not to mention the generous compensation paid. Complaints usually center on long hours and the demanding nature of its clients.[6]

Sullivan & Cromwell is known for hiring from its summer associates and values those who defer employment to complete judicial clerkships (even paying additional bonuses to those who complete eligible clerkships). Sullivan & Cromwell aids those who come to work for them by paying relocation expenses. Many other benefits are provided as well, including but not limited to, medical/dental/life/disability/business travel insurance, identity fraud reimbursement, immigration assistance, a fitness center, bar exam and registration fees, on-site cafeteria, and four weeks of paid vacation.[7]

Sullivan & Cromwell Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year



General Salary Comments:

Class of 1998: $310,000[8]

Clerkship Bonus (for one year)*..... $50,000

Clerkship Bonus (for two years)*..... $70,000

  • Sullivan & Cromwell pays bonuses to attorneys who take on eligible clerkships before starting at the firm.[9]


  1. http://www.sullcrom.com/about/overview/
  2. http://www.sullcrom.com/about/probono/
  3. http://www.sullcrom.com/
  4. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f449801&orgtypeid=F
  5. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f449801&orgtypeid=F
  6. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Sullivan-&-Cromwell-LLP?companyId=420
  7. http://www.sullcrom.com/careers/forlawyers/supportiveculture/getthebestprofessionalsupport/compensationandbenefits/
  8. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=NY3240
  9. http://www.sullcrom.com/careers/forlawyers/supportiveculture/getthebestprofessionalsupport/compensationandbenefits/


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