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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 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dechert has 877 attorneys and is the 36th 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 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

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.

Amid Broken Deals, Antitrust Pros Chart Rough Road Ahead

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : May 11, 2016

Besides leading to big breakup fees, lawyers say foiled mergers involving giants like Staples and Halliburton may be deterring other megadeals from being proposed.

Hartford Lawyer Involved in Merrick Garland Screening Process

MEGAN SPICER : The Connecticut Law Tribune : May 06, 2016

When it came time for the National Association of Women Lawyers to determine if Merrick Garland is the man for the job to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, its president knew Hartford's Collin Udell was the right woman for the task.

New Recruits at Kirkland, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2016

More comings-and-goings at Kirkland & Ellis; cybersecurity hiring stays hot at Cooley and Covington; Latham & Watkins snags another lateral in Germany; Paul Weiss restocks its litigation group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

NJ High Court Won't Hear Document Theft Claim Against Law Firm

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : May 04, 2016

A suit claiming whistleblower law firm Phillips & Cohen prompted a client to steal internal documents from his employer—a manufacturer of plastic pipe currently the subject of federal qui tam litigation—has hit a dead end as the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to take up the matter.

People in the News—May 4, 2016—Rawle & Henderson

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 04, 2016

Jamie L. Augustinsky joined the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson.

Paul Weiss Hires High-Profile Product Liability Litigator

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 03, 2016

David Bernick, a former general counsel of tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc., has left Dechert for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which restocked its litigation group after a notable departure in January.

People in the News—May 3, 2016—Jacobson & John

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 03, 2016

Jacobson & John partner Hollie B. John is set to present as part of Lehigh University's 44th Special Education Law Conference.

Supreme Court Takes Another Patent Case—and No One Is Surprised

Scott Graham : The Recorder : May 02, 2016

Two years ago, the court sent a strong hint to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that it needed to rethink the defense of laches.

DLA Piper Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2016

DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

People in the News—April 27, 2016—Blank Rome

: The Legal Intelligencer : April 27, 2016

Blank Rome partner Nicholas C. Harbist is set to moderate the "Regulators' Roundtable: The Latest in Government Enforcement" at the American Bar Association's seventh annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel, which is scheduled from Wednesday to Friday in Washington, D.C.

Hit With Defections, K&L Gates Stays the Course

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2016

K&L Gates has expanded well beyond its Pittsburgh roots. The firm says it's on the verge of greatness. Others disagree.

Litigation, Real Estate Work Pays Off in Pennsylvania

Gina Passarella and Lizzy McLellan : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Expecting a tough year, many of the state's biggest firms were pleasantly surprised.

Sullivan & Cromwell on Alibaba's $1B Southeast Asian Venture

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The Chinese ecommerce company is buying a controlling stake in Singapore-based online retailer Lazada in its largest overseas investment.

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100 eked out gains across major financial metrics in 2015. But growth was the slowest in years.

Firms With NJ Branches Perform (Mostly) Well in Am Law 100

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : April 25, 2016

As in years past, there are no New Jersey homegrown firms among the 100 highest-grossing in the U.S. But of list, released April 25 by Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer, includes numerous firms with significant number of "boots on the ground" in the state.

The Public Interest Calendar of Events

: The Legal Intelligencer : April 24, 2016

On Friday, Philadelphia VIP is set to provide training on the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program at Fox Rothschild's 2000 Market St., Philadelphia location from noon to 2:15 p.m. Bob Lukens, an expert attorney in foreclosure, and Tony Abata, a housing counselor, will lead the training. For more information, visit

Pa. Firms Make Waves in Am Law 100 Rankings

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 22, 2016

Amid the slowest rate of revenue growth the Am Law 100 has seen in two decades save the Great Recession, Pennsylvania firms made strong gains in core financial metrics and great waves on this year's Am Law 100 rankings by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer.

K&L Gates Adds Two in China and Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 18, 2016

Corporate partner Henry Wang and disputes partner Jay Chiu arrive from Mayer Brown JSM and Goodwin Procter, respectively.

Deal Watch: White & Case Stays on Deal Streak With Rosneft Work

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 14, 2016

A week after snagging a top spot in quarterly league transactional tables, White & Case has been tapped for some big oil work in Mother Russia.

Big Firm Vets Start New Careers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morgenthau Award Winners

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : April 12, 2016

Dechert partner Andrew Levander and Zuckerman Spaeder partner Barbara Jones, a former Southern District Judge, received the Robert M. Morgenthau Award from the Police Athletic League Monday at its 18th annual legal profession luncheon.

Pepper Hamilton Trio Departs for Hogan Lovells

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 11, 2016

Hogan Lovells has expanded its small Philadelphia office with a trio of Pepper Hamilton corporate partners focused on the life sciences and food and beverage industries.

People in the News—April 11, 2016—American Civil Liberties Union

: The Legal Intelligencer : April 09, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's Greater Philadelphia chapter is set to host its annual meeting 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the Moore College of Art and Design, 1916 Race St., Philadelphia.

Panel Faults Identification, Orders New Trial in Robbery

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : April 05, 2016

A Brooklyn appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man who was convicted of robbery and sentenced to up to five years in prison based on a showup identification that the court deemed unduly suggestive.

McGuireWoods' Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 04, 2016

McGuireWoods adds 13 partners in 13 days; Paul Weiss poaches a high-powered Cravath M&A partner; Kenyon & Kenyon loses two patent prosecution pros to Norton Rose Fulbright; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

IN BRIEF: Suit By 'Lost Boys' Proceeds

: The National Law Journal : April 04, 2016

On March 22, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May in Atlanta rejected screenwriters' and producers' motions to dismiss a suit over the 2014 film "The Good Lie" by "the Lost Boys," 54 refugees who fled persecution in Sudan. Plus more in this week's column.