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Dechert LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 877
  • Gross Revenues: $839,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $955,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,315,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Dechert is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dechert has 877 attorneys and is the 36th largest firm in the United States.  With $839,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 35th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Dechert ranked as the 43rd 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 35 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 35 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 35 6 Lawyer head count
The A-List 48 3 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

Round Up of 2015 Developments on Business Practices

Arthur J. Ciampi : New York Law Journal : November 27, 2015

In his Law Firm Partnership Law column, Arthur J. Ciampi writes: The year 2015 presented a number of interesting developments concerning law firms and the practice of law. Once again, proving that lawyers never give in, a number of the decisions concern inventive attempts by lawyers and their clients to obtain results, which theretofore, they had been denied. As you will see, in some circumstances their 2015 labors succeeded and in others they did not (there is always 2016...).

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : November 27, 2015

Four law firms and Exiger, a corporate consulting firm, announce new hires, while other firms announce promotions.

Brownstein Hyatt Bags Phoenix Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

After a series of departures and an inability to find traction in the desert, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has shuttered its Phoenix office; Gibson Dunn grabs two new hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Corporate Practices Strong in Growth Year for Pa. Firms

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : November 24, 2015

It was a strong year for most large Pennsylvania firms, with revenue growth in 2014 nearly across the board and profits per equity partner showing positive change at most firms. The only declines in both revenue and PPP were modest.

On the Rise: Rates, Revenues, Profits and Salaries Booming at Pa. Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 24, 2015

Despite the consistent drumbeat of a low-growth market for legal services, Pennsylvania law firms appear to have found a way to improve their financial performance while paying associates more and resorting to layoffs less.

Maneuverings at Mayer Brown, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 22, 2015

Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Pa. Can't Compel Single-State Arbitration in Tobacco Accord

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : November 19, 2015

Pennsylvania may not compel single-state arbitration to resolve a dispute over the nationwide 1998 settlement with several tobacco companies, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.


: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

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

At Some Firms More Than Others, Women Lag Among New Partners

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2015

Just over a third of the U.S. lawyers promoted to partner by the country's largest firms last year were female, according to a new study, while several Am Law firms invited only men to the partner ranks.

Dechert Fills CMO Spot From Litigation Services Company

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 03, 2015

Dechert has filled its chief marketing officer position with a woman who has worked alongside the firm as both a client and collaborator.

$200M Takata Penalty Is Traffic Safety Agency's Largest

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 03, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined Takata Corp. as much as $200 million—the largest amount ever imposed by the agency—for failing to disclose a defect that caused its air bags to rupture. The fines, announced Tuesday, are the latest in a series of increasingly severe penalties that NHTSA has imposed on automobile companies over safety defects.

Don't Forget to Pack the Blog

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

When lawyers make lateral moves, often their blogs go with them.

The Guantánamo Roster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Firms involved in detainee representation.

A Holland & Knight Partner Heads to Cambodia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : November 02, 2015

A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

People in the News - Oct. 30, 2015 - Fox Rothschild Receives Community Service Award

: The Legal Intelligencer : October 30, 2015

Molly Peckman, Dechert's global director of legal talent, is set to present "Sisters in Success: Leaning in and On" at an event hosted by the National Bar Association's women lawyers division, Philadelphia chapter.

Deal Watch: Walgreens, Rite Aid Deal Just What Doctor Ordered for Big Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2015

A tie-up of big pharmacy chains came with a healthy price tag, as the proposed $17.2 billion union between the Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid yielded roles for a handful of Am Law 100 firms.

Linklaters Lands Baker & McKenzie Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2015

Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie's white-collar practice and head of the firm's New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Millikin Faces Subpoena as GM Bellwether Looms

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2015

The former general counsel of General Motors Co. is fending off a subpoena to testify in the first bellwether trial over the ignition switch defect that prompted recalls of 2.6 million cars and trucks last year.

Mergers & Acquistions

: New York Law Journal : October 26, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "'Going Dark' Presents Traps for Unwary Companies Following an Acquisition," "Use of R&W Insurance Grows in Middle-Market Transactions," "Navigating the Purchase and Sale of Sports Teams" and "Working Capital Adjustments: At the Crossroads of Law and Accounting."

Dechert Hires Head of Baker Botts' White-Collar Team

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 26, 2015

Dechert has grown its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of the chairman of Baker Botts' white-collar crime and corporate investigations group, continuing a years-long trend for Dechert of hiring practice area leaders away from other Am Law 100 firms.

MDL Judge Hears Takata Air Bag Dismissal Motions

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : October 23, 2015

Attorneys for Takata and several major automakers argue vehicle owners who allege they took an economic hit by buying cars with defective Takata air bags should take advantage of a mass recall.

Law Firms Figuring Out Best Ways to Collect From Clients

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 21, 2015

It's the fourth quarter, which in the legal industry means collections season. And while law firm leaders have said they have focused on improving their collections cycle, most still said to call back come Jan. 1 for any clear picture of the year's finances.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : October 19, 2015

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

Firm Leaders Expect Revenue Gains in Low-Growth Market

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 19, 2015

Leaders of Pennsylvania's largest law firms are predicting revenue and profit gains for 2015 despite little demand growth, but some of those firm leaders fear the increases they are seeing this year are nearing a plateau. What seems to be consistent is a revised definition of success, with firm leaders saying a flat to 5 percent increase in revenue should be viewed as a good year.

Crowell Nabs a DJ but Loses a Lindh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2015

Crowell & Moring picks up a former disc jockey to head its London corporate group, while another controversial partner departs; Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires from Credit Suisse; Orrick adds in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

People in the News - Oct. 16, 2015 - Lori to Speak on Cybersecurity

: The Legal Intelligencer : October 16, 2015

Lisa A. Lori, a partner at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg, is set to be a speaker at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College's "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Are You Prepared? A Conversation on Cyberlaw and Cyberinsurance" on Oct. 21 at the NCI offices in Washington, D.C.

Dentons Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 11, 2015

The world's soon-to-be-largest firm by attorney head count continues to expand; Honigman Miller hires again in Chicago; Ice Miller opens in New York; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Footloose Lawyers Keep Their Business—and Their Blogs

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2015

Law firms are used to partners taking their clients with them when they jump to other firms. But what about their blogs?

Jones Day in Atlanta Advises Newell on Purchase of Elmer's Products

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 08, 2015

Jones Day is advising Newell Rubbermaid in its $600 million acquisition of Elmer's Products, which sells the Elmer's line of glues and adhesives, plus Krazy Glue and X-Acto.

Life on the Inside: Advice on How to Succeed In-House

Lisa Goldstein : The Legal Intelligencer : October 07, 2015

Many lawyers who have spent their careers with law firms are enthralled by the prospect of switching to an in-house lawyer role. The advantages of the demise of the billable hour, focusing on only one client, and the prospect of a better work-life balance all sound appealing. But what does it really take for a lawyer to succeed in-house? Several general counsel have provided a glimpse into their world, including success factors for in-house counsel, challenges of the role, team selection process, and work-life balance.