Firm

Overview

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP was founded in 1919 and quickly built a national reputation for excellence in the financial and corporate areas. During the mid to late 1930's, Cahill earned status as a "Securities Act" firm and during and after the Second World War, under the leadership of John T. Cahill, the legendary former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Cahill grew dramatically. Maintaining its innovative corporate law practice, the firm also came to be counted among the leading litigation firms in the nation.

Cahill has thrived for a century by focusing on the most significant opportunities and complex challenges facing the top financial services firms and other multinational corporations. Our premier transactional and litigation groups have developed impressive records of accomplishment in high profile cases and headline-grabbing deals. Cahill lawyers are highly client-driven. The firm is specifically chosen by clients because of our experience, depth of knowledge and facility in managing challenging situations.

Cahill is known for innovative trial strategies and financing solutions that draw on the strengths of the entire firm and reflect a wider perspective than that typically afforded by the specialized niches and micro practices that make up a large law firm. A passion for challenging and distinctive work is at the heart of our firm culture and explains why Cahill consistently wins cases and ranks among the most active firms in the financial league tables year after year.

Among our ranks are lawyers who joined Cahill following distinguished careers in the Securities and Exchange Commission, United States Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, Federal Trade Commission and other federal and state agencies.

Our lawyers are committed to advancing the goals of not-for-profit organizations through our pro bono program, and we are proud of our unique partnership with The Legal Aid Society, which helps disadvantaged New Yorkers, including children, immigrants and the disabled achieve justice under the law. Each year since 2005, The Legal Aid Society has presented the firm or our lawyers with the Pro Bono Publico Award "in recognition of Cahill's outstanding commitment to the cause of equal justice through pro bono service."

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  • At Cahill Gordon & Reindel a team of 12 to 15 partners spends a significant proportion of its time advising clients in the defense of securities fraud cases, with three senior partners leading the charge in a small New York group that punches above its weight.

    — The Legal 500

  • Cahill has a broad and innovative insurance practice, including a long history of being chief legal counsel in the formation of new Bermuda companies.

  • Cahill has represented clients in some of the most significant litigation arising out of termination or modification of pension or benefit plans.

  • Cahill has represented the financing sources in eight of the ten largest completed leveraged buyouts in U.S. history.

  • Cahill is frequently associated with landmark rulings, including its successful defense of The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, National Broadcasting Co. v. United States (among the most significant cases ever decided concerning the power and authority of the Federal Communications Commission), and Times Picayune v. United States (among the Supreme Court's most important antitrust rulings).

  • Cahill is representing or has in the past represented almost every major investment bank and accounting firm in the country in corporate and securities litigation.

  • Cahill represents bank trustees in fiduciary duty litigation in both the corporate and individual trust settings in federal and state courts.

  • Cahill served as counsel for underwriter defendants in the Refco, Enron, Adelphia and World-Com securities class actions in New York and Texas.

  • Cahill tried the first Iranian Claims Tribunal proceeding in the Hague, and is regularly lead counsel in domestic and international arbitrations of size and import.

  • Cahill was one of the lead counsel for plaintiffs in litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), the most sweeping campaign finance legislation passed by Congress in the last 25 years.

  • Cahill's litigators represent witnesses before U.S. Congressional committees on topics ranging from corporate scandals to regulatory initiatives affecting the capital markets.

  • Cahill's MCLE Resource Library includes accredited programs that are available in VHS, DVD, and Streaming Video formats. In 2008, over 150 programs were provided over 1,000 times to lawyers and friends of the firm who accessed and completed one or more of these programs.

  • Federal Circuit Court judges the Honorable Joseph McLaughlin and Reena Raggi began their careers at Cahill.

  • Named a "Go-To law firm" for leading financing services companies in corporate finance and litigation.

    — Corporate Counsel

  • One of the first names on the lips of the country's leading underwriters, Cahill Gordon & Reindel continues to consolidate its reputation as "the best in the business" and "head and shoulders above the rest", according to clients.

    — The Legal 500

  • In terms of both volume and size of deals, the team continues to strengthen its position at the cutting edge of the market.

    — The Legal 500

  • Generating a "tremendous deal flow", the firm has advised the debt financing sources in a plethora of the highest profile LBOs in the market.

    — The Legal 500

  • Variously regarded by clients as "top-drawer" or "top of the list as far as I'm concerned when dealing with difficult matters", New York-based Cahill Gordon & Reindel is regularly involved in contentious securities matters for a diverse portfolio of clients, including issuers, company boards, underwriters, law firms and committees.

    — The Legal 500

  • I think Cahill does a better job thinking outside of the box than other firms, says a client.

    — International Financial Law Review

  • Competitors say they have a good business model, which is important to clients.

    — Benchmark Litigation

  • The firm offers top flight insurance, white-collar, corporate governance and First Amendment practices.

    — Benchmark Litigation

  • Absolutely first-class, say clients.

    — The Legal 500

  • Clients attest that the team has the skills and tenacity required to take matters in hand rather than sit back.

    — The Legal 500

  • Clients describe the group as "overtly talented" and "not the kind to churn out deals like robots, but one of the most suitable to deliver the goods at the business end of the market".

    — The Legal 500

  • The firm offers what clients label as "a sharp combination of business acumen and a surfeit of industry experience", in tandem with a highly adaptable product.

    — The Legal 500

  • There is a sense that the breadth of experience the practice has accumulated gives the group a presence across a wide scope of industry sectors.

    — The Legal 500

  • Real star players, capable of handling anything … nothing is beyond them.

    — The Legal 500

  • Clients and peers alike recognize that, above and beyond any competing practice, the relationships the firm has garnered among the top banks, many going back more than 20 years, have built a practice that "consistently sets the benchmark", in the words of one impressed client.

    — The Legal 500

  • Variously regarded by clients as "top-drawer" or "top of the list as far as I'm concerned when dealing with difficult
    matters".

    — The Legal 500

  • The firm has an excellent reputation in the area of corporate practice according to a client.

    — The Legal 500

  • One client is also quick to compliment the objectivity and discipline the team brings to the table.

    — The Legal 500

  • Peers note the stable bench of senior talent at the firm.

    — IFLR1000

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel has built a national and international reputation in the financial and corporate markets, which is particularly impressive considering that it has done so with only three offices.

    — Benchmark Litigation

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel has built a national and international reputation in the financial and corporate markets...

    — Benchmark Litigation

  • Cahill has a steady equity capital markets practice, with particular strength advising underwriters.

    — The Legal 500

  • This New York firm is a powerhouse in high-yield debt work and leveraged loan transactions with a very deep bench of highly experienced partners.

    — Chambers USA

  • What we really appreciate is that these lawyers will give their opinions on matters rather than just listing endless precedents. Their combined legal and market knowledge is outstanding.

    — Chambers USA

  • You would hesitate to go anywhere else for an ongoing, substantial case. The lawyers have great experience and knowledge, and the advice is clear and unequivocal.

    — Chambers USA

  • A deep bench of very talented people.

    — Chambers USA

  • This litigation team is prized for its experience in handling high-profile and complex business disputes and securities
    litigation.

    — Chambers USA

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel's prominence in the First Amendment space is universally acknowledged by peers and clients.

    — Chambers USA

  • Prominent, if not preeminent, First Amendment lawyers.

    — Chambers USA

  • Cahill is far and away the market leader in terms of volume and deals.

    — IFLR1000

  • [Cahill is] A force to be reckoned with.

    — IFLR1000

  • Since our partnership with The Legal Aid Society of New York began in 2005, Cahill lawyers have represented more than 100 pro bono clients of the Legal Aid Society, advocating for educational services for young children who are the subjects of abuse and neglect proceedings in New York family Courts, disabled individuals in need of Social Security benefits, tenants who are denied the most basic of services, and indigent defendants in criminal appeals.

  • A clear leader in high-yield debt transactions, the firm has a superb and wide-reaching reputation.

    — The Legal 500

  • The ‘superb‘ Cahill Gordon & Reindel, ‘one of the premier high-yield shops’, is widely perceived to be the most dominant player in advising managers on high-yield debt offerings.

    — The Legal 500

  • The heavyweight practice wields a ‘commanding presence’ in the arena, and ‘produces attorneys with the best foundations’ for advising on the most complex high-yield debt work.

    — The Legal 500

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel provides ‘unique litigation and advocacy skills’ combining ‘intelligence, financial and insurance industry knowledge and a nose for settlement solutions’.

    — The Legal 500

  • New York's 'model law firm' Cahill Gordon & Reindel draws admiring glances for its 'excellent quality, specialized legal knowledge and deep bench strength'.

    — The Legal 500

  • Clients appreciate Cahill Gordon & Reindel's 'extremely knowledgeable' team, for its 'timely, accurate advice'.

    — The Legal 500

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel’s attorneys are ‘always responsive, meet deadlines, produce a quality product, and are practical in resolving issues’.

    — The Legal 500

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel continues its reign as the sole occupant of tier one in the high-yield rankings.

    — IFLR1000

  • "Cahill is far and away the market leader in terms of volume and deals," says another peer. "They focus their corporate practice primarily on doing high yield, and they have got a great foothold there."

    — IFLR1000

  • Cahill Gordon and Reindel's lending team has strong ties to what peers describe as its "powerhouse" high-yield practice.

    — IFLR1000

  • The firm has created a niche for itself in acquisition transactions featuring debt financing, resulting in what one rival characterises as "a force to be reckoned with".

    — IFLR1000

  • The team possesses a deep bench and stellar expertise across the leveraged finance arena and is recognized as a strong player in transactional deals.

    — Chambers USA

  • They have a very deep leveraged finance bench and consistently perform to a high quality.

    — Chambers USA

  • They take the approach of not just identifying issues, but proactively coming up with solutions.

    — Chambers USA

  • This firm is one of the best in New York and has also carved out a strong presence for itself in the nationwide market.

    — Chambers USA

  • They are really good at what they do. They are good because they are very smart, they have lots of experience and their approach to litigation or arbitration is really very sound.

    — Chambers USA

  • They provide excellent client service. They are always aware of the issues and are entrenched in the solutions.

    — Chambers USA

  • They are extremely knowledgeable and their advice has always been timely and accurate.

    — Chambers USA

  • The reason we hire them over and over again is because they're so efficient at getting the legal work done and they staff things in an efficient and cost-effective manner. They've really created a very efficient and powerful staffing model.

    — Chambers USA

  • They are a real pleasure, very smart and very market-savvy. They have a great sense of the market.

    — Chambers USA

  • They give very good advice and it has the benefit of a commercial perspective. They're very smart, they work extremely hard and have a lot of depth and not only at the partner level.

    — Chambers USA

  • Cahill is one of the major corporate and litigation firms in New York and an undoubted heavyweight.

    — Chambers USA

  • They are terrific lawyers; very smart, very practical and very client-oriented.

    — Chambers USA

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