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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 with eight U.S. offices, and one in Shanghai. Davis Wright Tremaine's official merger with Washington, D. C.-based communications law firm Cole, Raywid & Braverman became effective Januarty 1, 2007. On May 18, 2007, it merged with Parsons, Hsue & de Runtz. In 2008, the firm hired more than 20 lawyers from the former Heller Ehrmann LLP. With 484 attorneys, the firm placed 82nd on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. The firm was ranked 106th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 with $265,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. In addition to offices in Seattle and Shanghai, the firm's other locations include Anchorage, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. The firm's practice areas include commercial and corporate law, entertainment law, intellectual property, and environmental law and litigation.

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

Ground Shifts Under Howrey's Unfinished Business Claims

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Armed with two recent wins, Shay Dvoretzky of Jones Day is going up against the Howrey estate on Tuesday as its trustee tries to claw back profits owed from unfinished matters that former partners took with them when they joined other firms.

Pro Se Suits No Picnic for Defense Lawyers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

It's no secret that certain plaintiffs lawyers make litigators sweat. But even more troubling can be seeing two anxiety-producing words: pro se.

Ruling Upholds Dismissal of Judge's Defamation Suit

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A state appeals panel has affirmed the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Larry Martin over articles in the New York Daily News that falsely accused him of unethical conduct.

Howrey 'Jewel' Claims Sent Back to Montali

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Citing judicial economy, Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong turned back a slew of motions to have the cases heard in district court.

Howrey 'Jewel' Claims Sent Back to Bankruptcy Court

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

A California federal judge denied bids by several firms embroiled in lingering Howrey clawback cases to bypass U.S. bankruptcy court.

Developments—Legal Fees and Farewell to 'Unfinished Business'

Anthony E. Davis : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In his Professional Responsiblity column, Anthony E. Davis discusses two recent developments that highlight the critical need for lawyers and law firms to take care in the drafting of their engagement letters, and two just decided cases that deal an apparent death blow to the "unfinished business" doctrine in New York as well as in its birthplace, California.

Emblaze Hits Roadblocks in Video Streaming Suit Against Apple

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

With trial set to begin Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has ruled that Emblaze's experts can't engage in "Apple bashing" or use Apple's gross profit margin as a starting point to calculate damages.

Dinner, With Some Data Theft on the Side

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

The food and hospitality sectors are ripe for cybercrime. But there are ways to prevent it.

The Churn: Defections Mount at Edwards Wildman, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Shawn Atkinson, the former cochair of the venture capital and cross-border M&A practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer in London, where the latter firm is trying to stave off a partner exodus. Plus: Bingham McCutchen bulks up in Asia, a partner trio decamps for top in-house roles and other lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Settlement Reached With Arrested Video Journalist

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

The Suffolk County Legislature agreed to pay a freelance video journalist $200,000, create a media relations committee and continue training police officers on First Amendment rights after he was arrested for filming police activity on a public street.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Student's Case Sparks Fee Fight

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 16, 2014

A federal appeals court panel on Friday considered an unusual "reverse fees" award to defendants in a civil rights case.

Judge Denies Heller Ehrman Claim on Lawyer's Profits

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy estate has no claim to profits earned from client business former partners brought with them to new law firms.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

A summary of this week's notable court decisions.

Judge Rejects 'Jewel' Doctrine in Heller Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled that defunct law firms have no claim to profits earned on client matters taken to other firms.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

In-House Counsel Profile: TheStreet Inc.'s Vanessa Soman

Teresa Wall-Cyb : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

General counsel Vanessa Soman manages nearly all of the company's legal matters with the help of one part-time employee.

Breyer Takes Dim View of 'Jewel' Doctrine

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer seems ready to side with law firms fighting the Heller estate over profits earned by former partners.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Panel Sets Standard for Defamation by Implication Claims

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

In upholding the dismissal of a defamation action involving a 2011 Barron's magazine article about a Russian embezzlement conspiracy, the First Department finally addressed an open question that the Court of Appeals said almost 20 years ago was unanswered.

Does a Mobile Internet Demand a New Regulatory Scheme?

Patricia Kutza : Law Technology News : January 19, 2014

Handling security and privacy rights are the new Internet brand differentiators.

Judge Poised To Invalidate N.J. Law Targeting Hosters of Sex-Trade Ads

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2014

New Jersey has given up trying to defend a state statute that punishes Internet publishers for posting personal ads advertising sexual liaisons with minors—a law found irreparably unconstitutional here and elsewhere.

The Art of Hiring

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Three savvy law departments take different approaches to choosing and training, but each yields excellent results.

How IBM, Google and Microsoft Hire In-House Lawyers

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

Three savvy law departments take different approaches to choosing and training, but each yields excellent results.

Mitsubishi Loses Appeal in Chip Design Case

Scott Graham, The Recorder : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

California's Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld a verdict against Mitsubishi Electric Inc. for breaching a non-disclosure agreement but agreed with a superior court judge that the $123 million awarded by jurors was excessive.

Mitsubishi Loses Appeal in Chip Design Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Davis Wright Tremaine partner Martin Fineman argued that a Mitsubishi representative breached a non-disclosure agreement with his chip designer client.

Mitsubishi Loses Appeal in Chip Design Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Davis Wright Tremaine partner Martin Fineman argued a company rep breached a nondisclosure agreement with his client.

From Leaks to Lawsuits to Pulitzers

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

News coverage that formed the foundation for ongoing lawsuits targeting government surveillance was awarded one of journalism's top prizes on Monday.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

High Court Drama Steps on Stage In Play on Landmark Nudity Case

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Justices scooting around on their chairs like whirling dervishes. Advocates pushing their lecterns back and forth, one lawyer even orating and dancing — briefly — without benefit of clothing. That is how the play "Arguendo" holds its audience through the inevitably dull stretches of a high court argument.

Play Brings Supreme Court Drama to the Masses

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 01, 2014

Starting tonight and for the rest of April, Supreme Court aficionados in Washington won't have to go to the court building to watch an oral argument. They can attend instead a performance of "Arguendo" at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Penn Quarter in D.C.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

A Condom Conundrum

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

How far does the First Amendment go in protecting the free-speech rights of actors who have sex with each other in movies?

Right-of-Publicity Drama Coming to New York?

Elizabeth McNamara and Samuel M. Bayard : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

In their Media Law column, Elizabeth McNamara and Samuel M. Bayard of Davis Wright Tremaine discuss the question: To what extent does the law protect the rights of content creators - writers, filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, photographers, and yes, video-game makers - to draw on real-life individuals and events to create expressive works?

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

What's Up With JuraLaw, Firm Manager, Liquid Lit Manager and More

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

This week JuraLaw works with NetDocuments, Firm Manager ferrets out unbilled time, Office 365 takes on iPads and more legal technology product and industry news.

Secret Takedown Order in YouTube Case Sets Off Frenzy

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

The way Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski has handled the dispute over "Innocence of Muslims" has made the case a lightning rod—even on his own court.

Secret Takedown Order in YouTube Case Sets Off Frenzy

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

The way Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski has handled the dispute over "Innocence of Muslims" has made the case a lightning rod—even on his own court.

Coordination of Cases Sought in Hepatitis Litigation

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Lawyers in at least nine class actions filed on behalf of consumers who were exposed to a recalled frozen berries mix sold at Costco Wholesale Corp. that caused a Hepatitis A outbreak have moved to coordinate the litigation for pretrial purposes.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

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

Apple Beefs Up Defense in Feud Over Streaming Patents

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

With trial date set, company calls in team from DLA Piper to join Greenberg Traurig.

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Judge Weighs Trial Delay in Emblaze-Apple Dispute

Lisa Holton : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Apple Inc. and its lawyers at Greenberg Traurig have asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal to stay the case until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the standard for induced infringement in Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks.

Law Professors Launch SCOTUS E-Book Series

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 12, 2014

Two law professors have teamed with an independent publishing house to produce quick e-books about significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Circuit Wants State Justices to Decide if Internet Is a 'Place' Under Access Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

Laurence Paradis of Disability Rights Advocates scored a partial win in fight with CNN.com over closed-captioned video clips.

Heller Judge Brings Clarity to Clawback Debate

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Four firms fighting the Heller Ehrman estate over revenue earned by former Heller partners on matters they took with them as the firm collapsed got some bad news last week in the form of a ruling laying out how such so-called unfinished business claims should be calculated.