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Sullivan and Cromwell

Headquarters: 125 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004
Attorneys: 700
Chairman: Rodgin Cohen

Career Info

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP advises on major domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, finance and corporate transactions, significant litigation and corporate investigations, and complex regulatory, tax and estate planning matters.

The firm has 12 offices located in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Palo Alto, Melbourne, Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Frankfurt, Sydney, Paris and Tokyo.

Sullivan and Cromwell has approximately 700 lawyers from 38 countries including 170 partners.

Salaries for new associates:

First-Year Base Salary..... $160,000
Second-Year Base Salary..... $170,000


Sullivan & Cromwell was founded by Algernon Sydney Sullivan and William Nelson Cromwell in 1879. From its earliest involvement in the formation of Edison General Electric Company in 1882 and United States Steel Corporation in 1901 to its present work with leaders of the global economy in the 21st century, the Firm has been closely involved in the affairs of some of America's greatest industrial, commercial and financial enterprises.


Below are benefits for attorneys.

Insurance and Related Benefits

The insurance and related benefits described here pertain to lawyers in our U.S. offices.
Health Plan
- The Health Plan for lawyers begins on the first day of employment and covers eligible dependents (spouse, same-sex domestic partner and children). The Firm offers three health plan options including one that is non-contributory. Benefits include a prescription drug program.
Dental Plan
- The Dental Plan begins on the first day of employment. Coverage includes eligible dependents (spouse, same-sex domestic partner and children). Dental benefits in the Plan include preventive, diagnostic and orthodontia.
Health Care Reimbursement Plan
- Lawyers may elect to set aside pre-tax up to $5,000 per year and receive reimbursement for health and dental-related expenses that are not covered by their plan(s).
Group Life Insurance
- The Firm provides without cost to lawyers a basic life insurance policy of two times annual base salary with no evidence of insurability. The lawyer may purchase additional or supplemental life insurance coverage of up to three times annual base salary and dependent life insurance.
Business Travel Insurance
- The Firm provides without cost to lawyers insurance in the event of death, dismemberment, or permanent and total disability resulting from an accident while traveling on firm business. Coverage includes medical evacuation and/or repatriation. The amount of insurance is equal to five times annual base salary, up to a maximum of $1 million. The air travel portion of the insurance remains in force for non-business travel as a passenger on a commercial carrier.
Personal Accident Insurance
- The Firm allows lawyers to purchase additional personal accident insurance up to $1 million. Coverage for the spouse, same-sex domestic partner and eligible dependent children are subject to limitations.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
- The Firm provides without cost to lawyers long-term disability insurance which provides benefits equal to 50% of base monthly earnings, subject to a maximum limit.
Voluntary Supplemental Long-Term Disability Program
- The Firm also provides, on a voluntary basis, a supplemental long-term disability program to U.S. lawyers which is portable and guaranteed renewable.
Associates' Savings Plan
- U.S. lawyers are eligible to participate in the 401K Plan.
Transportation Fringe Benefits
- Lawyers who are eligible to participate in the firm's Transportation Fringe Benefit Program may set aside on a pre-tax basis up to $105 a month for TransitCheks (N.Y.) or MetroCheks (D.C.) and $200 a month for work-related parking reimbursements.

Moving Assistance
- Mortgage Assistance
- Downpayment Assistance
- Broker's Fees and Closing Costs for new associates
- Moving Expenses for new associates

Family Benefits
Maternity Leave
- A twelve-week maternity leave (which includes 4 weeks for childcare) is granted to women lawyers and lawyers who adopt if they are the primary care giver.
Child Care Leave
- A four-week child care leave is granted to lawyers for the birth or adoption of a child.
Child Care Referral Service
- For assistance in selecting child care, associates may call upon a free referral service administered by Child Care, Inc.
Backup Child Care Center
- The Firm participates in a backup child care center that is operated by Bright Horizons at the 125 Broad Street office. The center is available to handle emergency child care, such as when a child's regular caregiver is ill or otherwise temporarily unavailable.
Adoption Assistance Plan
- Lawyers who have completed one year of service may be eligible for the Adoption Assistance Plan, which provides up to $5,000 of reimbursed expenses related to the adoption of a child.
- Flex-Time Policy

Additional Benefits
- Fitness Center
- The Firm has its own fitness center at the 125 Broad Street New York office. Other offices offer corporate discounts at local health clubs.
- Four Weeks of Vacation
- Bar Review Course
- Attorney Registration Fee and Bar Association Dues
- Matching Law School Gifts
- Secretarial Services
- Judicial Clerkships
- On-site Cafeteria (in the New York and London offices)

Updated November 15, 2009


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