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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

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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, London, MA, NC, NJ, NY, PA, Paris 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

U.S. Judge Finds Argentina in Contempt

Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : October 01, 2014

Southern District Judge Thomas Griesa, calling civil contempt a rarity, ruled that Argentina was in contempt of court on Monday for openly defying his orders requiring that U.S. hedge funds holding Argentine bonds be paid the roughly $1.5 billion they are owed if the majority of the nation's bondholders are paid interest on their bonds.

Kenneth E. Young

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 30, 2014

Partner, Dechert

2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track Winners

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 30, 2014


: The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Russian Legal Market Turns Bearish for International Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

As sanctions have dried up cross-border deal flow in Russia, U.S. firms are feeling the pinch.

Inversions May Slow, but Related Legal Work Won't

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 24, 2014

There may be nothing better for a lawyer's book of business than uncertainty in the law, so while new regulations announced Monday that aim to limit the controversial corporate inversion may put a stop to some of those deals, it won't stop the need for tax attorneys to dissect these new rules and the promise of continued political machinations.

Morgan Lewis Merger With Bingham a 'Strategic Change'

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 23, 2014

A full-scale law firm acquisition would be somewhat of an outlier in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' growth strategy, but it may be just what the firm is about to do with reports this weekend that leadership at Morgan Lewis and Boston-based Bingham McCutchen have agreed to press forward with a merger.

First-Year Hiring Declines While Diversity Soars

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 23, 2014

Entry-level hiring at Pennsylvania's law firms has declined after seeing an uptick in 2013.

Drinker Biddle Prepares for Leadership Transition in 2015

Gina Passarella 
and Hank Grezlak : The Legal Intelligencer : September 22, 2014

Longtime Drinker Biddle & Reath Chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. will hand over leadership of the firm next year to his second-in-command, executive partner Andrew C. Kassner, a number of sources have confirmed to The Legal.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cash Payments for Referrals Alleged In Row Between Pitt Firm, Lundy Law

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : September 18, 2014

A former managing partner of several medical centers—who has twice been found liable for insurance fraud—testified in the highly contentious case between two of Philadelphia's personal-injury firms that Lundy Law had required payments from him before it would refer clients to his offices.

Judge Edits 'Independent' From Ballot Proposition

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : September 18, 2014

A judge Wednesday ordered state elections officials to delete the word "independent" from a proposition on November's general election ballot that would create a new commission to oversee the redrawing of congressional and state legislative lines every 10 years.

Justices Decline to Hear Reglan Preemption Cases

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : September 18, 2014

The state Supreme Court has denied allocatur to defendants appealing a ruling that federal preemption only applies to negligent failure-to-warn claims that predate the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 and are based solely on a generic drug's label that was in conformity with the brand-name equivalent's label.

Dentons' New LatAm CEO Eyes Mergers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Jorge Alers, a former head of the Latin American practice at two Am Law 100 firms and most recently general counsel for the Inter-American Development Bank, is on the lookout for potential combinations as the new CEO of Dentons' Latin American and Caribbean group. The Am Law Daily takes an in-house focused look at the latest round of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

Dechert Hires Ex-Akin Gump Director as New Chief Operating Officer

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 16, 2014

Dechert has hired former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Executive Director James N. Leary as its new chief operating officer, effective Monday.

Judge Hears Arguments on Redistricting Ballot Item

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : September 15, 2014

A state judge heard arguments Friday from attorneys who disagreed about whether voters would be misled by language describing a proposed new state redistricting commission as "independent" on this November's ballot.

O'Melveny Fends Off Hitachi TV Patent Claims for TPV

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : September 15, 2014

O'Melveny & Myers scored a speedy appellate victory in a battle between past and present television titans, persuading the Federal Circuit to reject patent infringement claims by Japan's Hitachi Consumer Electronics against fast-growing Chinese TV manufacturer TPV Technology Ltd.

Cozen O'Connor Argues Brady's $450K Legal Debt Forgivable

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 11, 2014

It is "irrational" and "illogical" to suggest U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., is still a candidate for Philadelphia mayor and thus bound by city campaign finance laws in repaying $450,000 in legal fees seven years after Brady lost the primary, his attorney argued before the state Supreme Court.

Internet Free Speech Case to Highlight OAD Fundraiser

Rebecca Baker : New York Law Journal : September 10, 2014

An Internet free speech case will be debated at a mock trial at this year's Office of the Appellate Defender's First Monday in October event.

Oral Agreement Claims Rejected in $2.2 Billion Nursing Home Sale

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 10, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery denied an attorney's claim that his business partner, in a $2.2 billion acquisition of a nursing-home portfolio, breached an oral partnership agreement to equally split profits on the deal.


: New York Law Journal : September 08, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Madoff Trustee Denied Recovery of Extraterritorial Transfers," "Rule Changes Will Foster Efficiency and Predictability," "SCOTUS to Address 'American Pipe' Tolling Doctrine" and "Court's 'No-Action' Clause Holding May Surprise Bond Issuers."

Key Bingham Group Mulling Move Amid Merger Talks

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : September 08, 2014

James Roome, a London-based managing partner, global financial restructuring cochair and executive board member at Bingham McCutchen, could lead an overseas exodus of international partners from the firm should it push forward with merger talks with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Roome's potential departure from Bingham would be a huge blow to the firm, which recently revamped its leadership structure and compensation system after a tough year financially in 2013.


: The National Law Journal : September 08, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Global Legal Awards: Global Disputes of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : September 04, 2014

The American Lawyer Global Disputes of the Year honor the winning team in transnational cases regardless of the venue.

Beer Here! Dechert, Gibson Dunn, Jones Day Toast Pair of Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 04, 2014

A trio of Am Law 100 firms are getting the fourth quarter started with a pair of beer industry deals. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Moelis & Co.—the new home of Eric Cantor—are advising Heineken on the $1.2 billion sale of its Mexican packaging unit, while Jones Day has taken the lead for private equity firm Riverside on its purchase of a Salt Lake City-based craft brewer.

Global Legal Awards: Global Citizenship Awards of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : September 02, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

Twenty-Five Things Your Associates Want You to Know

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

The one thing that midlevels want to tell their managing partner.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

O'Melveny Sees Wave of Departures in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

Over the past nine months, the Los Angeles-based firm has lost 14 lawyers in its city-state office. Why have so many left, and what does O'Melveny plan to do next?