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  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,503
  • Gross Revenues: $1,261,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $505,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $625,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 26

Dentons is a London-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dentons has 2503 attorneys and is the 4th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,261,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 14th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Dentonsranked as the 18th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in AL, AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, TX and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 14 26 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 14 26 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 4 14 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 57 15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 131 -33 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 115 -115 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

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Emory Law Announces Civil Rights Professorship Named for John Lewis

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 21, 2015

Emory University Law School is honoring Atlanta civil rights hero and congressman John Lewis with an endowed civil rights professorship that will be called the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2015

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown's international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

Newsmakers: Week of April 20

: Texas Lawyer : April 20, 2015

Michael D. Pegues and Jason A. Wietjes have joined the Dallas office of Polsinelli as shareholders in the firm's national intellectual property and technology litigation group.

Sony's Hacked Emails a Treasure Trove for Attorney-Client Relations

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2015

Internal emails hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year have been released in a searchable database form by WikiLeaks. The document dump reveals frank discussions between the company's in-house lawyers and outside counsel on everything from legal fees and conflict waivers to pitches for business.

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2015

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dentons Strikes Again

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : April 17, 2015

As Dentons merges with yet another firm, its leaders are out to shatter "myths" about law firm growth. But what if they're not myths?

Dentons Makes a Grand Budapest Bolt-On

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 15, 2015

Having recently announced mergers in the U.S. and China, the ever-expanding global legal giant is now adding a 30-strong team from White & Case in the Hungarian capital. The move is essentially another merger, as Dentons will absorb the entire local affiliate of White & Case, a firm that opened in Budapest in 1990.

Introducing The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers

: The National Law Journal : April 15, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 14, 2015

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2015

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

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Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : April 10, 2015

The feds like what they saw in the Fifth Circuit earlier this week in an immigration case. Police reveal new details in the killing of DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt. And a New York photographer beats privacy claims over shots he took of unsuspecting residents. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Tsarnaev Verdict Reaction | Dentons and McKenna Long Tie Up

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 09, 2015

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McKenna Will Merge With Dentons, but Will Everyone Join?

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 09, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge and Dentons finally announced Wednesday that the two firms' partnerships have approved a merger, but it's not clear yet which lawyers from McKenna will be joining Dentons.

Dentons and McKenna Long Announce Merger

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 08, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge announced late Wednesday afternoon that it is combining with global megafirm Dentons.

INTERACTIVE CHART: Africa's 50 Largest Law Firms

: The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2015

Africa is one of the world's final frontiers for large law firms, but despite a burgeoning market for legal services, some local leaders still reign supreme.

Dentons, McKenna Long Reach Merger Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2015

A little more than a month after rekindling merger talks, Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have agreed to a combination.

Tax Group Joins McDermott's Dallas Office

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 06, 2015

Todd Welty and two partners move to McDermott Will & Emery from Dentons.

Law Firm Mergers Set New Record in First Quarter

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2015

Mergers among U.S. law firms continued at their rapid clip in the first quarter, with 29 announced combinations, according to legal management consultancy Altman Weil Inc.

Oil Refiners' Lobby Taps Crowell & Moring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

Crowell & Moring's environmental and natural resources chair decamps for a key client; Fried Frank hires a new litigation chief; McGuireWoods adds a former top Milbank litigator in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey Case Takes Shape Weeks Before Trial

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 01, 2015

In the run-up to the trial of former executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf, a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday that the defense could argue that, if not for the departure of partners and publicity of the prosecutors' investigation, Dewey would have been able to "right itself and pay its debt."

M&A Magic: Allow for These Critical Factors in Any Law Firm Combination

Thomas E. Jones Jr. : Daily Report : April 01, 2015

I believe there are five critical factors that should come immediately to mind and be thoroughly vetted when considering any type of law firm combination: people/culture, practice systems, compensation structures, facilities and clients/conflicts.

Sheppard Mullin Snags Babs' Second Cousin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2015

Adam Streisand, head of Loeb & Loeb's trusts and estates litigation group, is headed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Hogan Lovells heads to Australia and hires a DLA Piper practice leader; Baker Botts bulks up in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

DLA Piper's Big Move in Canada

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

In April, the global firm acquires a substantial new footprint in Canada via a merger with Vancouver's 260-lawyer Davis.

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Tribe Sues State Over Attempt to Halt High-Interest Loans

Jay Stapleton : The Connecticut Law Tribune : March 25, 2015

American Indian tribes enjoy certain legal rights, including sovereign immunity from lawsuits brought by government agencies.

Will Falcons at McKenna Long Chairman's Window Hear of Dentons Merger First?

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : March 25, 2015

Oh, to be a peregrine falcon outside Jeff Haidet's window at McKenna Long & Aldridge. A pair of the birds of prey has returned to their annual nesting spot outside McKenna Long's downtown offices, more than 50 floors atop SunTrust Plaza.

Federal Circuit Won't Ease Willful Infringement Standard … For Now

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 23, 2015

In a dissent, Judge Kathleen O'Malley and Todd Hughes wrote district judges should have more discretion to award enhanced damages.

Partners for Women and Justice Thank Volunteer Attorneys

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 19, 2015

Notice to the bar.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.