Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
One World Financial Center
New York, NY 10281
Chairman: Christopher White
Founded in 1792, Cadwalader is a major
law firm in New York with special focus on Capital Markets, Business
Fraud, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Restructuring,
Global Finance, Health Care/Not-for-Profit, Litigation, Private
Client, Securities and Financial Institutions Regulation and
In New York, Cadwalader occupies 450,000 square feet in the famed World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan. The New York headquarters regularly advises Wall Street financial institutions, as well as over 500 of the world's premier companies, including a large number of Fortune 100 corporations, government entities, charitable and health care organizations, and private clients.
Other offices are in Charlotte, Washington, Houston, Hong Kong, Brussels, Beijing and London.
The firm launched an Energy and Commodities Practice in Houston in 2011.
1792 - George Washington is reelected President,
and Wall Street is in its infancy as a financial center. John
Wells, an orphan from Otsego County, New York, starts a law practice
in lower Manhattan.
1818 - Wells establishes one of the first
law partnerships in the nation with George Washington Strong,
a prominent member of New York society. Their practice focuses
on commercial claims, litigation, maritime law, real estate and
wills, and their clients include New York banks, insurance companies,
businesses and members of prominent New York families.
1823-78 - After the deaths of Wells (1823)
and Strong (1855), descendants of Strong and others continue
the Firm. By 1878, Charles Strong heads the Firm, representing
the leading business, social and cultural organizations of the
day. Lawyers are generalists, working on a variety of issues.
Partnerships are informal arrangements, and law firms are extensions
of partners' personalities and reputations.
1878 - John L. Cadwalader, a former Assistant
Secretary of State, joins Strong, catapulting Strong & Cadwalader
into the ranks of elite firms representing major corporations.
1883 - George W. Wickersham, an antitrust
expert, joins the Firm. In 1909, he interrupts his practice to
serve as the U.S. Attorney General under President Taft.
1889 - Henry W. Taft joins the Firm. Renowned
for his corporate antitrust defense work and railroad expertise,
he is appointed Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of New York in 1905.
The Firm's name becomes Cadwalader, Wickersham
& Taft in 1914.
Benefits and Pay
- 401(k) retirement savings plan
- 529 college savings plan
- Continuing legal education programs (including membership in
the Practising Law Institute)
- Bar review courses and admission and registration fees (for
jurisdictions in which attorneys practice on the firm's behalf)
- Travel expenses related to bar exam
- Bar association membership
- Desktop computer or laptop for home use
- BlackBerry personal digital assistants
- Salary advances for first-year and summer associates
- Relocation expense reimbursement
- Referral bonus (up to $25,000) for lateral hires
- Residential real estate purchase and sale assistance
- Health and dental insurance
- Same-sex domestic partner benefits
- Basic and supplemental life insurance
- Long-term disability insurance
- Flexible spending accounts (for use of pre-tax dollars for
many health care expenses)
- Paid parental leave
- Part-time and flex-time schedules
- Sabbatical program
- Confidential professional counseling and services
- Emergency back-up child care services
- Free or reduced-rate health club membership (depending on office
- Business-casual attire