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390 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT LLP THE SCOOP Established 225 years ago, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is the oldest Wall Street firm still in existence. Known especially for its capital markets, bankruptcy, and real estate expertise, the firm is a well-established presence in the New York legal market and has expanded around the globe in recent years. Dating Back to the Days of Washington. . . As in George Cadwalader was founded in 1792, when folks were still sealing letters with wax and writing with quills. But we just might have Cadwalader to thank for all the bells and whistles that constitute a modern law firm. In the late 19th century, the firm introduced such new-fangled technology as typewriters and telephones to its offices. Cadwalader was similarly revolutionary in its approach to training and staffing: to replace the old system of unpaid law clerkships, the firm established the role of the associate. The present-day Cadwalader forged a niche in the early New York legal field by working on commercial claims, litigation, maritime law, and real estate for banks, insurance companies and members of New York society. The real catalyst for the firm’s growth and increased financial stability throughout the 20th century, however, came when former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State John L. Cadwalader joined the firm in 1878, bringing big-time corporate connections with him. The 1889 addition of name partner Henry W. Taft—whose older brother would later succeed Teddy Roosevelt in the White House— brought more political clout and cemented the firm’s status as a fixture in American law. In 1942, the firm elevated a woman, Catherine Noyes Lee, to partner: the first woman partner of a major Wall Street firm. Now, Cadwalader runs offices in the United States and Europe with an eye that’s generally focused on corporate and financial work. Keeping Up with the Present While respecting its remarkable history, Cadwalader also tries to stay on the cutting edge and is committed to new and innovative solutions. The firm is building a strong corporate governance practice that advises participants in contests for corporate control and includes the launch of the Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX) initiative to provide guidance on the growing trend toward shareholder-director engagement and to flag the key challenges and opportunities shaping the boardroom. The firm’s health care practice launched the Health Care Fraud Focus blog, which offers insight on the latest developments in False Claims Act (FCA) and other civil and criminal health care fraud. The Cadwalader Cabinet, an award-winning, web-based financial regulatory knowledge and intelligence platform, was redesigned and expanded with three times more content, a new user interface, dynamic search capabilities and powerful expert systems,allowing financial service practitioners to perform legal, compliance, and transactional tasks through an interactive online solution. In addition to its online presence, the firm tries
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