BigLaw Dead Pool

There’s a fine line between success and failure.  Each firm’s failure is unique in its own special way, but the one thing they have in common is that each of these failed law firms had achieved ranking in the AmLaw 100.  In many cases, the firms had grown and thrived for more than a century before dissolving.  Indeed, in most cases, firms were ranked one year and out of business the next – there are very few instances where firms were ranked and then out of the rankings for more than a year or two before shuttering.

Altheimer & Gray (1914-2003)

Arter & Hadden (1884-2003)

Bogle & Gates (1891-1999)

Brobeck Phleger & Harrison (1926-2003)

Coudert Brothers (1853-2006)

Dewey & LeBoeuf (1909-2012)

Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine (1929-1998)

Finley Kumble (1968-1987)

Gaston & Snow (????-1991)

Graham & James (1934-2000)

Heller Ehrman (1890-2008)

Howrey (1956-2011)

Jenkens & Gilchrist (1951-2007)

Johnson & Swanson (1970?-1994)

Keck, Mahin & Cate (1886-1997)

Lord, Day & Lord (1848-1994)

Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon (1869-1995)

Pennie & Edmonds (1883-2003)

Pettit & Martin (????-1995)

Shea & Gould (1964-1994)

Testa Hurwitz (1973-2005)

Thacher Proffitt & Wood (1848-2009)

Thelen (1924-2008)

 

Honorable Mention

Clark, Thomas & Winters (1938-2011) [Austin's oldest law firm]

Dreier LLP (2006-2009)

Herrick & Smith (1916-1986)

Hill & Barlow (1895-2003)

Isham Lincoln & Beale (1872-1988)

Myerson & Kuhn (1988-1990)

Wolf Block (1903-2009)

Yoss (1986-2011) [Formerly largest minority-owned firm in US]

 

We welcome your memories and thoughts of the firms in the comments.

Please let us know of any we have missed, or provide missing information.

Make sure to read the announcement post for additional background.