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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Designation: Seattle
  • Head Count: 464
  • Gross Revenues: $273,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $590,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $480,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Davis Wright Tremaine is a Seattle-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Davis Wright Tremaine has 464 attorneys and is the 91st largest firm in the United States.  With $273,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 117th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  The firm has offices in AK, CA, DC, HI, NC, NY, OR and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 117 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 91 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 85 20 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 77 -5 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Objectors Pour Cold Water on 'Hot Fuel' Settlements

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 24, 2015

Oil companies have agreed to shell out millions to settle claims that they failed to disclose the impact of hot weather on the price of fuel. But when a judge considers a slew of proposed settlements later this year, at least two groups will be sounding alarm bells.

Judge Declines to Make Public Garner Grand Jury Material

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : March 20, 2015

Acting Supreme Court Justice William Garnett ruled that those seeking release of the evidence given to a grand jury that refused to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner had failed to establish a "compelling and particularized need" that would overcome the guarantees of confidentiality of grand jury proceedings.

Guarding Firms and Laterals Against Impacts From Jewel Doctrine

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : March 19, 2015

The pros and cons of Jewel waivers, which can protect hiring firms and attorneys against clawbacks after dissolution.

Brief of the Week: Defending Offensive Speech

Jamie Schuman : Supreme Court Brief : March 18, 2015

Amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court usually don't cite comedians like Chris Rock and Richard Pryor. But a coalition of self-proclaimed "boorish and crass" individuals did just that—and made barbs of its own—in a brief that reminds the justices that offensive speech is constitutional.

Morning Wrap: Durst Lawyers Face Epic Challenge

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : March 18, 2015

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: How will Robert Durst's lawyers navigate the media maelstrom; Rep. Aaron Schock resigns; Who will argue marriage equality before the Supreme Court?

Mayer Brown Brings Back NSA's Top Lawyer

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

After nearly three years as general counsel for the National Security Agency, Rajesh "Raj" De is returning to Mayer Brown, a firm where he first made partner in October 2007.

Filmmakers Turn to Davis Wright Partner on Controversial HBO Documentaries

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

Victor Kovner of Davis Wright Tremaine is the lawyer behind "The Jinx," an HBO documentary series about real estate heir Robert Durst, who was arrested on murder charges one day before the final episode aired. He also vetted "Citizenfour," a documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden that recently won an Oscar.

Does the Math Add Up in $7.2M Viacom Intern Settlement?

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : March 12, 2015

The settlement looks at first glance like the largest since unpaid interns began suing their former companies for back wages roughly three years ago. Then we read the fine print.

Deja Vu All Over Again

Marisa Kendall : Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

Electronic Arts tries a strategy that failed once, and the results are familiar.

ABA Backs Firms Facing Clawback Actions

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 25, 2015

Amicus brief in Heller bankruptcy says the unfinished-business doctrine violates clients rights and distorts attorney incentives.

Panel Upholds Dismissal of Cassini Libel Lawsuit

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : February 13, 2015

The First Department ruled that allegedly defamatory statements in Vanity Fair, "including a quoted statement that plaintiff and her sisters used to throw parties in the 1960s that were attended by many wealthy 'older guys looking for action,' do not imply that plaintiff was a prostitute and lacked sexual morals."

On the Move

: The Recorder : February 09, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Impact of Disclosing Garner Grand Jury Minutes Debated

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : February 06, 2015

A judge heard widely divergent views Wednesday about the consequences of revealing grand jury proceedings in the Eric Garner matter.

End of the 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine in New York

Leslie D. Corwin and Rachel Sims : New York Law Journal : February 04, 2015

Leslie D. Corwin and Rachel Sims discuss the dissolutions of Thelen and Coudert Brothers, and the Court of Appeals' decision that provides guidance to attorneys and law firms with regard to the application of the "unfinished business" doctrine to law firms that dissolve or file for bankruptcy.

Polsinelli's Super Bowl Shuffle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2015

Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Warner Music Settles as Intern Fight Goes to 2nd Circuit

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2015

Meanwhile, new lawsuits on behalf of unpaid interns just keep coming.

Moving Past 'Mad Men' Ad Practices

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2015

Advertisers need to be more transparent than their TV counterparts, especially when it comes to consumer data.

Speaker's Sudden Downfall Stirs Anxiety in Legal Community

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2015

With Sheldon Silver no longer at the helm of the state Assembly, criminal justice and court advocates say they're anxious about how new leadership in the chamber will affect the judiciary, civil and criminal legal services providers and other areas of the legal system.

Nixon Peabody Reaches Merger Accord with Chicago Firm

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2015

The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm announced Monday an agreement to absorb Chicago's Ungaretti & Harris, taking on roughly 100 lawyers in the Windy City.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Microsoft Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The innovative approach that Microsoft Corp.'s legal department takes when working with outside counsel and its success in promoting diversity, juggling massive deals, handling litigation and assisting in product development place it in the top spot among Seattle's in-house legal departments.

Davis Polk Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2015

A Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner in Silicon Valley leaves the firm to return to the business side; Greenberg Traurig grows in Mexico City; Hogan Lovells expands in Vietnam; Wilmer adds a new lobbying cochair and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fiduciary Exception to Privilege in Law Firm Communications Upheld

Justin Y.K. Chu and Leah Quadrino : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2015

Justin Y.K. Chu and Leah Quadrino write that last month, the Commercial Division in Manhattan broke with a nationwide trend among state courts, applying what is sometimes referred to as a "fiduciary exception" to the attorney-client privilege to permit a former client to take discovery relating to otherwise confidential internal communications between a lawyer and his firm's general counsel.

Panel Boosts Suit by Man Expelled From Valdosta State After Parking Deck Complaints

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 14, 2015

An Atlanta-based federal appeals court panel has given a boost to free speech claims by a former Valdosta State University student who was expelled after he spoke out against the university president's plans for a parking deck.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Athletes Score in Right-of-Publicity Case Against EA

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 06, 2015

The Ninth Circuit rejected the company's First Amendment defense of its use of retired football players' images in Madden NFL video games.

Use of Celebrities as Video Game Characters Spurs Suits

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : December 30, 2014

Video game litigation is poised to be a hot area for entertainment lawyers in 2015, as more celebrities sue over being cast as game characters without their permission. The spree is driven by a pair of 2013 rulings that sided with athletes depicted in college football games, lawyers said, as well as by the overall boom in gaming sales which makes the industry a rich target for plaintiffs lawyers.

Law Firm Leaders See Jumps, Bumps in 2015

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 24, 2014

Data privacy and dealmaking will be hot, the lateral market hopping; midlevel associates could see pay climb—and firms might put the squeeze on office space.

Video Games Test Right of Publicity Framework

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : December 24, 2014

After spate of pro-plaintiff rulings, entertainment lawyers are eyeing cases that could change the tide in 2015.