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Dechert LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 884
  • Gross Revenues: $890,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,005,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,510,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Dechert is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dechert has 884 attorneys and is the 37th largest firm in the United States.  With $890,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 34th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 34 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 34 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 36 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 45 3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 4 2 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 87 24 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 100 12 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 60 -13 Summer programs

In the News

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 11, 2016

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

At Blaqwell, Watching the Ink on Big Firms' Bottom Lines

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : July 07, 2016

The Am Law Daily caught up with the two lead principals at secretive legal consultancy Blaqwell Inc. for a rare on-the-record chat about trends affecting their clients, which have included some 40 Am Law 100 firms.

Orrick Makes Key Additions, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 06, 2016

Three new laterals at Orrick; a pair of Honigman practice leaders land at Foley & Lardner; Gibson Dunn recruits from the Justice Department; Latham & Watkins welcomes a top SEC official; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Irish Eyes Smiling at Legal Opportunities From UK's Brexit Vote

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 29, 2016

Irish law firms could be poised to pick up additional work after last week's surprising vote by U.K. voters to leave the European Union. That leaves Ireland as the only remaining English-speaking country with a common law tradition in the Eurozone.

Arbitration Pledge for Diversity Met With Skepticism in South Florida and Latin America

Monika Gonzalez Mesa : Daily Business Review : June 29, 2016

A pledge that aims to increase the number of women in international arbitration has gained the support of hundreds of people and organizations worldwide, but the response from attorneys in South Florida and Latin America has been less enthusiastic.

All Over the Map: U.S. Law Firms In Europe Before Brexit

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 28, 2016

As the legal industry copes with Brexit fallout, data from The National Law Journal's NLJ 500 report shows how London has reigned supreme for U.S. law firms in Europe.

U.S. Firms Ponder London Adjustments in Wake of Brexit

Jennifer Henderson, Nell Gluckman and Gina Passarella : New York Law Journal : June 28, 2016

The United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union came among one of the busiest lateral hiring sprees by U.S. law firms in London, but that growth may be put to the test as clients themselves ponder exiting the market.

In China, Pro Bono is a Real Challenge

Anna Zhang : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

That's because foreign lawyers are barred from practicing Chinese law.

Exclusive: Best Firms for Pro Bono

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Hughes Hubbard is tops for U.S. pro bono; Dechert leads the international scene.

Panel Upholds NYC Measure That Prohibits Biased Policing

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : June 24, 2016

State law does not pre-empt a New York City law prohibiting discriminatory policing that was enacted in 2013 amid concerns about the NYPD's increased reliance on stop-and-frisk tactics, a Manhattan appeals court ruled.

Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

Frances Ivens and Rose Walker : Legal Week : June 24, 2016

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

Pa. Justices Deal Blow to NRA, Gun Groups

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : June 22, 2016

As calls for more restrictive gun regulations grow in fervor and frequency around the country, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down an act that allowed organizations such as the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun-control laws in court.

Dechert to Launch Brexit Client Hotline in London

Anna Ward : Legal Week : June 21, 2016

The firm's E.U. trade co-head Miriam Gonzalez gives her view from inside a U.S. firm on how firms should prepare for Brexit.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 20, 2016

The following attorneys were selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. Read More

After Orlando, Firms Offer Pro Bono Help On Gun Control

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2016

Since 49 people were gunned down at Orlando's Pulse nightclub last weekend, law firms have offered to ramp up their support for gun control efforts.

After Dechert's Pay Hike, Pa. Firms Watch and Wait, for Now

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2016

Dechert has raised its associate salaries across the country, starting at $180,000 for first-year associates.According to a memo obtained by The Legal, the new salary scale will be effective July 1. It includes salary increases for each class of associates, up to $315,000 for eighth-year associates and above.

List of Winners 2016

The Legal Intelligencer : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2016

Here are the 2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track.

Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost

MP McQueen and Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2016

At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.

Phila. Bar 5K Event Returns to Raise Money for Children

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : June 03, 2016

The 37th annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run/Walk took place May 15 with 1,300 participants either running or walking the 5K course. The race annually benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates' efforts to combat child abuse and to defend its ­unfortunate victims in Philadelphia.

When It Comes to Workplace Bullying, Jurisdiction Matters

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : June 02, 2016

Employers can be held liable for workplace bullying and should take effective action to mitigate the risks.

Dechert Reshuffles London Leadership in Growth Bid

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 01, 2016

In an example of the laser-like focus U.S. law firms are placing on London in recent months, Dechert has revamped the leadership structure of its London office with an eye toward making it on par with the firm's largest locations in New York and Philadelphia.

Lateral Litigators: May's Most Impressive Moves

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 01, 2016

Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., were hot markets for lateral litigators in May, with firms including Boies, Schiller & Flexner; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Morrison & Foerster; and Bracewell coming out on top. Here are The Lit Daily's picks for the most notable litigator moves in May.

Firms Face Big Risks in High-Profile Internal Investigations

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 31, 2016

From lawsuits alleging defamation to threats of physical violence from ­disgruntled employees, attorneys who conduct high-profile internal investigations face a bevy of risks as they delicately balance the needs of the client with what the public may come to learn.

High Court Rejects Union's Challenge Over Trump Taj Mahal Bankruptcy

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : May 31, 2016

A company that bears the name of presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday won a battle with a labor union over health care and pension benefits that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pa. Firms See Big Boost in Minority Partner Numbers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 31, 2016

It would take a long trip down Legal ­affiliate The American Lawyer's diversity rankings to find a Pennsylvania-based law firm, but of the 16 firms in the state that were ranked based on percentages of minority attorneys, many saw notable improvements while a handful slid further down the ranks.


: The National Law Journal : May 30, 2016

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

Hunton Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 27, 2016

Amid merger talks with a U.K. firm, Hunton & Williams added two practice leaders from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Bo Dietl's GC finds a new home; Jenner & Block launches a private wealth practice; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

With Internal Investigations, Firms Walk a Tightrope

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : May 26, 2016

Sullivan & Cromwell and Dechert struggle to balance client and regulator.

People in the News

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 25, 2016

Gerri Sperling joined Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky's Pittsburgh office.

Hogan Lovells, Dechert Work on $600M KBR Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 24, 2016

Hogan Lovells represents KBR in the Houston-based company's pending acquisition of Wyle in a deal valued at $600 million. Wyle, of El Segundo, California, is using a team from Dechert.