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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 2012 Global 100 survey, Dechert ranked as the 45th 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

Robbery Conviction Upset Over Prosecutor's Remark

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

The Second Department ordered a new robbery trial in light of a prosecutor's suggestion that another person in the one-witness case had implicated the defendant.

Lawsuit Criticizes Ballot Question on Redistricting

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

A ballot initiative to create an "independent" redistricting commission was "blatantly designed to perpetuate legislative and political control of the redistricting process," according to a lawsuit filed in Albany.

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Restrictions on Counsel's Participation In Inter Partes Review Proceedings Explained

Order May End Anna Nicole Smith's Estate Battle Over Late Husband's Money

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Judge wrote that it was "neither reasonable nor practical" to continue litigation that's lasted nearly 20 times length of the marriage.

Judge Rejects Sanctions in Anna Nicole Smith Legacy Fight

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

A federal judge has rejected a request for $44 million in sanctions against the estate of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith's late stepson, despite finding that the case involved “litigants with a distinct disinterest in rules or ethics.”

O'Melveny Singapore Partners Defect to Ashurst

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2014

The departures come on top of at least seven other exits from the Los Angeles-based firm's Asia offices this year.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

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

Freeh Asked to Show Cause to Move Suit by Spanier to U.S. Ct.

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

The federal judge presiding over Louis J. Freeh's attempts to remove a possible defamation case against him from state to federal court has ordered Freeh to show why the federal court has jurisdiction to take the case.

Judge Trims Madoff Trustee's Suit Against Merkin Funds

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Irving Picard of Baker & Hostetler, the liquidation trustee for Bernie Madoff's fraud-soaked investment firm, suffered a second setback this week in his bankruptcy court fight with J. Ezra Merkin and the Madoff feeder funds he managed.

A New Roadmap for Nonparty Electronic Discovery

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 13, 2014

The Office of Court Administration released guidelines Tuesday on obtaining electronic discovery from nonparties in the Commercial Division that are set to take effect Sept. 2.

Dechert Gets License for Permission to Practice in Singapore

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Dechert has officially been granted a license to practice law in Singapore, eight months after the firm applied for permission to practice in the country.

Dechert Gets License to Practice in Singapore

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Dechert has officially been granted a license to practice law in Singapore, eight months after the firm applied for permission to practice in the country.

Dechert Gets License to Practice in Singapore

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Dechert has officially been granted a license to practice law in Singapore, eight months after the firm applied for permission to practice in the country.

The Churn: Am Law Quartet Eyes New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Dechert, LeClairRyan, Lowenstein Sandler and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman all announced plans for new offices within the past week, in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Las Vegas Judge Sides With NML in Argentine Bonds Spat

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

The hedge fund NML and its lawyers at Dechert won a discovery ruling in Las Vegas that could help the company collect a small fraction of the $1.7 billion they're demanding from Argentina.

People in the News - Aug. 12, 2014 - Jurewicz of Galfand Berger Speaks at PBI Seminar

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2014

Richard Jurewicz, a senior partner at Galfand Berger, was a course planner and speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's seminar, "The Pain Puzzle: How to Prove a Pain Case," held July 24.

Picard Loses Bid to Upset Feeder Fund Settlements

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

Investors in "feeder funds" whose money was funneled into Bernard Madoff's fraudulent securities firm may receive nearly $500 million to recoup part of their lost investments, the Second Circuit ruled Friday.

Madoff Trustee Loses Bid to Block Fairfield, Merkin Deals

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Irving Picard, the trustee tasked with unwinding Bernie Madoff's investment firm, has hit another wall in his efforts to block two big-dollar settlements with companies that once funneled cash into Madoff's Ponzi fraud.

The Legal's 2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

Earlier this summer, The Legal asked the Pennsylvania legal community to submit nominations for our annual Lawyers on the Fast Track. The nominations came pouring in, dozens upon dozens of them, all demonstrating the impressive work being done by young lawyers across the state. These are the 2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track.

State v. Skinner

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Admission of Defendant's Violent Rap Lyrics Was Prejudicial Error

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2014

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

N.J. Justices Grant New Trial After Rap Lyrics Read to Jury

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2014

An alleged drug gang enforcer who was convicted of attempted murder after his gangsta rap lyrics were read to the jury was entitled to a new trial, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Five firms announce new additions, including Jason Halper joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as co-head of its financial institution litigation practice.

Dougherty's Malpractice Suit Against Pepper Hamilton Is Tossed

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 01, 2014

After two other courts found an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search union leader John J. Dougherty's home was appropriately in the public domain, a Philadelphia judge has thrown out Dougherty's legal malpractice suit against Pepper Hamilton for using the affidavit in a separate defamation action.

Police Unions' Motion Denied in Stop/Frisk

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Southern District Judge Analisa Torres said police unions' intervenor bids opposing the settlement between New York City and plaintiffs in stop-and-frisk litigation were untimely and the unions had "no significant protectable interests relating to the subject of the litigation that would warrant intervention."

Chancery Court Blocks $300 Mil. D.C. Office Building Sale

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 30, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has blocked the $300 million sale of a Washington, D.C., office building, ruling the property's owner did not comply with an agreement to notify its previous owner of an intent to sell. If the owner wishes to consummate the transaction, he must start the process over by issuing a notice to the property's original owner before contacting third-party buyers, the court said.

Changing the Game: In an Evolving Area of Law, Reed Smith Excels

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

The lawyers of Reed Smith make all the difference—it's that simple.

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

The Litigation Departments of the Year supplement includes articles spotlighting the work of Pennsylvania's top litigation departments in a variety of practice areas.

Trained and Ready: Dechert's IP Department Links Litigation, Scientific Prowess

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

In an effective intellectual property practice, a lawyer has to be a skilled litigator, of course, but must also be well versed in scientific and technological subject matter.

The Churn: Arnold & Porter Adds to Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Arnold & Porter takes on a couple of attorneys from Alston & Bird; the embattled Bingham McCutchen brings on a partner and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.