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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

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?

Competition Spurs Firms to Eye Starting Salary Increases

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 26, 2014

First-year associate salaries are on the rise at some Pennsylvania firms with at least one firm with a presence in the state paying out $160,000 to new associates this year.

Owen Foster, 35

: The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Lawsuit Criticizes Ballot Question on Redistricting

John Caher : New York Law Journal : August 25, 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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : August 25, 2014

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

Securing Policy Change to Restore Veterans' Benefits

Michael Taub : The Legal Intelligencer : August 25, 2014

In 2011, I began to notice a disturbing trend with many of my Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) clients, who are predominantly homeless veterans. I meet most of my clients at homeless shelters and a drop-in center for veterans, and on any given visit to one of these facilities at that time, roughly a quarter were reporting to me that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had suddenly terminated their VA benefits--benefits that made up their entire monthly income, sometimes as high as $2,858 each month.

O'Melveny Sees Wave of Departures in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 25, 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?

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

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : August 25, 2014

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

Robbery Conviction Upset Over Prosecutor's Remark

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : August 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.

Simpson Thacher Raids Weil in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 22, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges debt capital markets partner Gil Strauss has decamped for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London; Bank of America adds an Akin Gump partner; a Debevoise & Plimpton partner joins the U.S. State Department; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

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

: New York Law Journal : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 07, 2014

Admission of Defendant's Violent Rap Lyrics Was Prejudicial Error