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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, MA, NC, NJ, NY, PA 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

Dechert's Lateral Hires Take Lead for Troubled Airbag Maker Takata

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

The embattled Japanese auto parts company has retained a high-powered defense team from Dechert to handle a criminal probe, congressional inquiry and class action litigation related to a growing scandal into defective airbags.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Supremes Won't Revisit Summary Judgment Standards in Milk Antitrust Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 17, 2014

Wilmer's Seth Waxman, along with Steven Kuney of Williams & Connolly, cast as a chance for the Supreme Court to clear up confusion over the ingredients for a successful summary judgment motion. But the justices didn't take the bait.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Dairy Giant Hopes to Tempt SCOTUS with New Antitrust Puzzle

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 12, 2014

The Supreme Court's rulings in and made it tougher for plaintiffs to survive dismissal motions and win class certification. Now, says U.S. dairy giant Dean Foods, the court should go one further.

Quinn Emanuel Aims for Knockout in Zoloft Birth Defects MDL

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 10, 2014

A hearing next week could determine the fate of 600 consolidated cases claiming that Pfizer's blockbuster antidepressant causes birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

Plaintiffs Move to Combine Air-Bag Cases in Florida

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 10, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyers have moved to coordinate more than a dozen lawsuits against Takata Corp. and six automakers over an airbag defect that prompted recalls of 7.8 million U.S. cars and trucks.

Circuit Rejects Police Union Role in 'Stop and Frisk'

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : November 03, 2014

New York City police unions protesting the city's agreement to settle lawsuits on stop-and-frisk practices waited too long before trying to insert themselves into the high-profile litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Friday.

Patent Bar Takes Hint on Laches From Copyright Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 31, 2014

Bringing an end to the unreasonable-delay defense would benefit patent holders, said McDermott Will's Yar Chaikovsky.

This Week's Deals

: The Recorder : October 30, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Ex-Fox 29 Anchor's Case Over Racial Slur Survives, Again

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

One co-anchor's role in getting the other fired over a racial slur ties their employer, Fox 29, closely enough to the resulting lawsuit that the case has withstood summary judgment twice.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Cities Where Partners Are Content (and Not)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : October 27, 2014

Is Philadelphia the new Houston?

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.