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Dechert LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 845
  • Gross Revenues: $777,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $920,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,150,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 4

Dechert is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dechert has 845 attorneys and is the 35th largest firm in the United States.  With $777,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 34th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Dechert ranked as the 42nd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, CT, DC, IL, MA, NC, NJ, NY, PA and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 34 4 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 34 4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 35 6 Lawyer head count
The A-List 47 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 6 -1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 158 4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 100 12 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 60 -13 Summer programs

In the News

City Bar Rates COACandidates 'Well Qualified'

: New York Law Journal : December 19, 2014

The New York City Bar Association has given all seven candidates for the next opening on the state Court of Appeals "well qualified" ratings.

Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : December 19, 2014

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country's economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble's recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

Cozen O'Connor Can Forgive Rep. Brady's Legal Fees

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 17, 2014

The legal expenses racked up in fighting a 2007 mayoral ballot challenge were not incurred to influence the outcome of an election, so forgiving that debt is not bound by campaign finance limits, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Training Counsel by Trial

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : December 17, 2014

It's not unusual for law firms to stage mock trials to train their young litigators. But it is unusual for in-house lawyers to join them.

Paul Weiss Media Pro Heads to Vice Media, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

James Schwab, head of the media and entertainment practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is poised to become president at Vice Media; a former Bingham McCutchen partner heads to the federal bench; Vorys Sater adds nine litigators in Houston; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bar Groups Rate Candidates for Court of Appeals Spot

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 16, 2014

Bar organizations rating the candidates from whom Gov. Andrew Cuomo will fill an upcoming opening on the Court of Appeals have found all seven candidates qualified for the court, though they differ as to their highest recommended nominees.

Women Still Less Than One-Third Of Lawyers at Pa.'s Largest Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 11, 2014

In the last 10 years, there has been no movement in the percentage of women lawyers practicing in the Pennsylvania offices of the state's 100 largest law firms.

Firms See Strong Revenue, PPP in 'Investment' Year

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 09, 2014

Several firm leaders referred to 2013 as a year of investment, and that characterization is borne out by the numbers, with gross revenue generally outpacing profits per equity partner (PPP) and the majority of firms seeing significant increases in head count.

Miami Judge Stalls Air Bag Litigation While Panel Considers Location

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : December 09, 2014

South Florida attorneys are blocked from immediate access to documents in Takata air bag litigation while a federal panel decides where the cases should be consolidated.

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

City Bar Honors Prosecutors

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : December 04, 2014

The New York City Bar Association held its 10th annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation Tuesday honoring an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the five boroughs and in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

Air Bag MDL Against Takata Could Be Headed to Western Pa.

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : December 03, 2014

Major car manufacturers and the maker of defective air bags that have recently been recalled are pushing to have the cases filed against them by affected car owners across the country consolidated in an MDL in Pittsburgh while plaintiffs lawyers are divided over where they want the cases sent.

Fed. Judge Sends Spanier, Freeh Suit Back to State Court

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 02, 2014

A federal judge has remanded a potential defamation suit against Louis J. Freeh to state court, effectively ending for now Freeh's attempts to have the federal court take up the case.

Nominees Offered for Court of Appeals Vacancy

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 02, 2014

Five attorneys in private practice, Kathy Chin of Cadwalader, Hector Gonzalez of Dechert, Mary Kay Vyskocil of Simpson Thacher, Rowan Wilson of Cravath and Stephen Younger of Patterson Belknap, and two sitting judges, Fourth Department Justices Eugene Fahey and Erin Peradotto, comprise the list of candidates from which Gov. Andrew Cuomo must select a nominee to the state Court of Appeals.

U.S. Firms in London: Who's Leading, Who's Lagging?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Am Law 100 firms employ some 6,000 lawyers in London, including some of the hottest lateral hires in years. A look at their track record reveals some surprises.

Auto Companies Lawyer Up Amid Takata Investigations

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 26, 2014

Auto companies that recalled 7.8 million U.S. cars and trucks over exploding air bags linked to injuries and deaths have retained counsel amid mounting legal pressure.

Morgan Lewis Finalizes Bingham Deal, Adds 510 Lawyers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 25, 2014

Philadelphia became home Monday to the largest firm in the United States based on domestic-attorney head count with the addition of 510 lawyers to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Dechert's Lateral Hires Take Lead for Troubled Airbag Maker Takata

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

The embattled Japanese auto parts company has retained a high-powered defense team from Dechert to handle a criminal probe, congressional inquiry and class action litigation related to a growing scandal into defective airbags.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Supremes Won't Revisit Summary Judgment Standards in Milk Antitrust Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 17, 2014

Wilmer's Seth Waxman, along with Steven Kuney of Williams & Connolly, cast as a chance for the Supreme Court to clear up confusion over the ingredients for a successful summary judgment motion. But the justices didn't take the bait.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Dairy Giant Hopes to Tempt SCOTUS with New Antitrust Puzzle

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 12, 2014

The Supreme Court's rulings in and made it tougher for plaintiffs to survive dismissal motions and win class certification. Now, says U.S. dairy giant Dean Foods, the court should go one further.

Quinn Emanuel Aims for Knockout in Zoloft Birth Defects MDL

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 10, 2014

A hearing next week could determine the fate of 600 consolidated cases claiming that Pfizer's blockbuster antidepressant causes birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

Plaintiffs Move to Combine Air-Bag Cases in Florida

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 10, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyers have moved to coordinate more than a dozen lawsuits against Takata Corp. and six automakers over an airbag defect that prompted recalls of 7.8 million U.S. cars and trucks.

Circuit Rejects Police Union Role in 'Stop and Frisk'

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : November 03, 2014

New York City police unions protesting the city's agreement to settle lawsuits on stop-and-frisk practices waited too long before trying to insert themselves into the high-profile litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Friday.

Patent Bar Takes Hint on Laches From Copyright Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 31, 2014

Bringing an end to the unreasonable-delay defense would benefit patent holders, said McDermott Will's Yar Chaikovsky.

This Week's Deals

: The Recorder : October 30, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Ex-Fox 29 Anchor's Case Over Racial Slur Survives, Again

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : October 29, 2014

One co-anchor's role in getting the other fired over a racial slur ties their employer, Fox 29, closely enough to the resulting lawsuit that the case has withstood summary judgment twice.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Cities Where Partners Are Content (and Not)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : October 27, 2014

Is Philadelphia the new Houston?