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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 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 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

Dechert Forms Association With Saudi Arabia Firm

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 02, 2015

Dechert has expanded its reach in the Middle East through an association with the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Dechert Leverages Practice Strength With Growing International Footprint

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 01, 2015

On a Wednesday in December, three teams of Dechert lawyers sat at three different tables to close three deals worth a combined $5.6 billion in real estate financings.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Open New Middle East, U.S. Offices

Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 01, 2015

Shearman & Sterling launches in Dubai; Dechert forms an alliance in Saudi Arabia; Ogletree Deakins and Jackson Lewis expand in the U.S.; and litigation boutique Kobre & Kim heads to South Korea.

Best Law Firm Corporate Practices

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 01, 2015

The Best Law Firm Corporate Practices supplement includes profiles of all the firms being honored for their outstanding corporate work, including a general category and five specialty practice area categories.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

People in the News - Aug. 31, 2015 - Rivet Joins Babst Calland

: The Legal Intelligencer : August 31, 2015

Jeremy S. Rivet joined Babst Calland as staff attorney in the firm's mineral title services and energy and natural resources groups.

Movers: A National Roundup of Laterals and New Arrivals

: The National Law Journal : August 31, 2015

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

First-Year Salaries Hit $160K Mark at More Pa. Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 28, 2015

The average starting pay for first-year associates in Pennsylvania will be noticeably higher for this fall's class, with several firms increasing pay to $160,000 or just below, according to the National Association for Law Placement and data submitted by the firms.

The Public Interest Calendar of Events

: The Legal Intelligencer : August 24, 2015

On Sept. 11, Philadelphia VIP is set to present a free pro bono CLE training on quiet title from noon to 2:15 p.m. at Fox Rothschild, 2000 Market St., 20th floor, Philadelphia. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two free substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. Register online at goo.gl/5zkVOO.

After Bingham Bolt-On, Morgan Lewis Subleases Unused Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 24, 2015

Less than a year after agreeing to absorb the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has agreed to sublease space in Boston that it agreed to move into last year, before its combination with the former was finalized in January.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Haynes and Boone Raids IP Boutique, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 16, 2015

With Mavrakakis Law Group's decision to return to Big Law, Haynes and Boone picked up eight boutique patent litigators and a new Chicago office packed with Kirkland & Ellis alums.

Spate of Succession Plans at Firms Driven by Age, Innovation

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 14, 2015

Reading the legal press over the last two or so years could lead to the natural assumption that law firms are getting better at succession planning, particularly the planning part. A growing number of firms have announced new firm leadership and many have done so upward of a year in advance.

Who's Leading the Charge Against the SEC's In-House Courts?

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : August 12, 2015

Thanks to the efforts of a few enterprising lawyers in the white-collar securities defense bar, complaints that the SEC's administrative enforcement actions are unconstitutional are finally starting to stick.

Law Firms Have Reined in Partner Board Memberships

Gina Passarella 
And Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : August 10, 2015

Board memberships have often been touted as great ways for attorneys to give back to the community and generate business contacts, but a recent situation involving Bill Cosby's defense counsel doubling as the chairman of Temple University's board highlighted why some firms have put tighter scrutiny on board affiliations.

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dechert Expands Arbitration Practice With Weil Gotshal Duo

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 06, 2015

Dechert has expanded its international arbitration capabilities to the United States with the hire of two Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners in Washington, D.C.

People in the News - Aug. 3, 2015 - Feldman Joins Friedman Schuman

: The Legal Intelligencer : August 03, 2015

Jeffrey S. Feldman joined Friedman, Schuman, Applebaum and Nemeroff as a principal in the litigation practice area.

Brokerage Windows in Retirement Plans

Andrew L. Oringer, Andrew H. Braid and Aaron S. Cha : Employment Law Strategist : July 31, 2015

Some recent developments surrounding the use of so-called "brokerage windows" under participant-directed retirement plans.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Pro Bono Report 2015: Treading Water

: The American Lawyer : July 20, 2015

Firms continue to talk the pro bono talk, but hours devoted to pro bono legal work dipped slightly last year among Am Law 200 firms.

Liner Lands Dickstein Defectors, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 20, 2015

The head of Dickstein Shapiro's insurance coverage practice leads nine other lawyers to Los Angeles-based Liner; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hires two more partners in London; and other notable new roles from throughout The Am Law 200.

In-House Counsel Profile: CNL Financial Group Inc.'s Holly Greer

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : July 20, 2015

"In the sixth grade I was the prosecutor in a 'mock trial' and from that point on I was determined to be a attorney."

Law Partners Become Performers at Capital Fringe Festival

Happy Carlock : Legal Times : July 17, 2015

When they're not singing and swiveling their hips to funk and soul favorites from Barry White and Marvin Gaye, these three Washington lawyers are litigation and regulatory partners at firms here. Jeremy Zucker, of Dechert; Alex Romain of Williams & Connolly; and Michael Nilsson of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis will trade their suits for tuxedos and sequins this week for their performance in the 10th annual Capital Fringe Festival in Washington.

On the Move

: The Recorder : July 13, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Kirkland Pro Joins Sports Analytics Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 12, 2015

A Kirkland & Ellis corporate partner heads to a Silicon Valley sports analytics startup; Epstein Becker & Green snags some epic eyebrows; Morgan Lewis lands a structured transactions trio in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Pa. Firms' Pro Bono Stats Buck National Trend

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : July 10, 2015

While pro bono work appears to have declined slightly last year at Am Law 200 firms nationwide, large Pennsylvania firms are showing improvements in pro bono participation.

Walker Inaugurated as President of Federal Bar Association

: New Jersey Law Journal : July 10, 2015

Karol Corbin Walker, a partner based in LeClairRyan's Newark office, was sworn in as the first African-American president of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ) on June 18 at the organization's 39th annual Brennan Dinner, held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Plus more in this week's column.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 09, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Fenwick Brings On IP Partner

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 08, 2015

Daniel Becker specializes in patent counseling for life-sciences companies.