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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 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, 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

Criminal Subpoenas for Online Data

Ben Barnett and Rebecca Kahan Waldman : E-Commerce Law & Strategy : October 22, 2014

When the federal government wants access to certain personal information for investigations or other law enforcement activity, it need not ask the individual or business that created the data, but can turn to the party controlling the servers on which the data is stored.

People in the News - Oct. 20, 2014 - Braid Is Philadelphia VIP Volunteer of the Month

: The Legal Intelligencer : October 20, 2014

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Mark Chopko presented at the XV International Congress of Canon Law on Sept. 18 at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Report: Rents Up, Square Footage Down for Am Law 200 Firms

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

The downsizing trend for office space continues but is starting to slow as many firms already have given up space per lawyer to save money, according to the latest survey by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.

Third Circuit Revives Biotechnology Company Shareholder Lawsuit

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : October 20, 2014

In a split opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has revived a suit over the sale of assets from a now-defunct biotechnology company.

Pa. Firms Use Global Footprints to Get Fortune 500 Clients

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 20, 2014

While there are only a few Pennsylvania firms among those most frequently used by Fortune 500 companies, some of the largest corporations in the world call on Pennsylvania firms of all sizes for a variety of legal needs.

Russian Legal Market Turns Bearish for International Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 19, 2014

As sanctions have dried up cross-border deal flow in Russia, U.S. firms are feeling the pinch.

Associates Class of 2014: V-Z

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Associates Class of 2014: M-Q

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Dilworth Paxson Hires American Water Works Ethics Officer

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 16, 2014

Dilworth Paxson has added Thomas S. Wyatt as a partner in the firm's corporate and business department.

Circuit Grills Union Lawyers Over Stop and Frisk Delay

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 16, 2014

Lawyers for police unions who want to upset New York City's settlement of litigation over police stop-and-frisk practices ran into some tough questions Wednesday at the Second Circuit.

Circuit Denies Request for New Stop-and-Frisk Panel

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 15, 2014

Over the objection of plaintiffs' lawyers in New York City's stop-and-frisk litigation, circuit judges Jose Cabranes, Barrington Parker and John Walker—the panel who had blocked Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin's liability and remedial rulings last year—will hear arguments on Wednesday.

Marnie Berk

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Marnie Berk oversees legal services to a dizzyingly large and varied assortment of clients—more than 500 organizations that include soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, arts organizations and groups protecting local green spaces.

Amkor Vows to Fight $128 Million Tessera Win, PTO Defeat

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 14, 2014

Last week ended on a decidedly sour note for Amkor Technology, a contract chip assembler that's been locked in endless litigation with semiconductor IP company Tessera Technologies. But the news was all good for Tessera and its lawyers at Irell & Manella.

People in the News - Oct. 13, 2014 - PADC to Host CLE Program

: The Legal Intelligencer : October 13, 2014

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring all Philadelphians have legal access to the resources they need to lead their lives, elected Abbi L. Cohen, partner at Dechert, and David Smith, partner and chairman at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, to its board of directors.

INADMISSIBLE: Lawyers Line Up To Fight Trial Subpoenas

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

Lawyers are lining up to fight subpoenas requiring them to testify remotely via video in a Boston antitrust trial, but the battle is over for Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester. Plus more in this week's column.

First Monday

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Dechert partner Andrew Levander and Michele Hirshman, a partner at Paul Weiss, received the Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy at the 21st annual "First Monday in October" event, a mock Supreme Court argument hosted by the Office of the Appellate Defender.

Philadelphia Firm Nabs Steptoe Securities Leader

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 08, 2014

Jeffrey McFadden, former head of Steptoe LLP's securities litigation and enforcement practice, has jumped to Philadelphia's Stradley Ronon, a regional firm half of Steptoe's size.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Texas Market Limited, but Pa. Firms Finding Ways to Grow

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 08, 2014

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the supply of lawyers isn't endless, making the successful entry of out-of-state firms into the market all the more challenging as the most sought-after talent is only going to lateral so often.

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

State Can Ban High-Interest Tribal Loans, Circuit Rules

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 06, 2014

The Second Circuit upheld a judge's decision to deny a preliminary injunction that would have allowed two out-of-state Native American tribes to avoid prosecution for offering short-term loans with triple-digit interest rates to New York residents over the Internet.

2014 Pro Hac Vice Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 03, 2014

Notice to the bar.

State Law Claims Survive in Pitt-Lundy Dispute

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : October 02, 2014

State law claims in the case between two Philadelphia personal-injury law firms have survived a motion to dismiss in federal court.

U.S. Judge Finds Argentina in Contempt

Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : October 01, 2014

Southern District Judge Thomas Griesa, calling civil contempt a rarity, ruled that Argentina was in contempt of court on Monday for openly defying his orders requiring that U.S. hedge funds holding Argentine bonds be paid the roughly $1.5 billion they are owed if the majority of the nation's bondholders are paid interest on their bonds.

Kenneth E. Young

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 30, 2014

Partner, Dechert

2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track Winners

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 30, 2014


: The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

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

Inversions May Slow, but Related Legal Work Won't

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 24, 2014

There may be nothing better for a lawyer's book of business than uncertainty in the law, so while new regulations announced Monday that aim to limit the controversial corporate inversion may put a stop to some of those deals, it won't stop the need for tax attorneys to dissect these new rules and the promise of continued political machinations.

Morgan Lewis Merger With Bingham a 'Strategic Change'

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 23, 2014

A full-scale law firm acquisition would be somewhat of an outlier in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' growth strategy, but it may be just what the firm is about to do with reports this weekend that leadership at Morgan Lewis and Boston-based Bingham McCutchen have agreed to press forward with a merger.

First-Year Hiring Declines While Diversity Soars

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 23, 2014

Entry-level hiring at Pennsylvania's law firms has declined after seeing an uptick in 2013.