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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Headquarters: One World Financial Center
New York, NY 10281
Attorneys: 500
Chairman: Christopher White

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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 Tax.

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

Benefits include:
- 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 location)
- Business-casual attire

Updated December 21, 2012

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