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  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,285
  • Gross Revenues: $1,275,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $560,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $680,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Dentons is a London-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dentons has 2285 attorneys and is the 6th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,275,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 14th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 14 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 14 0 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

In the News

Legal Chiefs Address Law Firms' 'New Normal' at ILTACON

Erin E. Harrison : Legaltech News : September 01, 2015

Law firms are going through a massive shift and, must to adjust their cultures and behaviors and align their products and services with the needs of general counsel.

What About Watson? Cognitive Technology in the Law Office of the Future

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : September 01, 2015

Kyla Moran of IBM said during an ILTACON 2015 panel that the legal industry is poised for rapid development through cognitive technology.

Movers: A National Roundup of Laterals and New Arrivals

: The National Law Journal : August 31, 2015

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

Newsmakers: Week of August 31

: Texas Lawyer : August 28, 2015

Glenn A. Ballard Jr. has joined Dentons as managing partner of the firm's Houston office and a member of the litigation and dispute practice.

Gap Settles Patent Suit After Fight With Dentons

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : August 28, 2015

Dentons argued that its status as a Swiss verein should have insulated the firm from a former client's conflict claims. A judge wasn't convinced.

Jason Carter Says Taking on New Role at Carter Center Won't Affect His Law Practice

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : August 27, 2015

Last week's news that Jason Carter will take a greater role with the Carter Center as his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, receives cancer treatment has created a misimpression that the younger Carter would like to correct.

Report Says Dentons' Leaders Undeterred by China Market Turmoil

Jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : August 26, 2015

As Chinese markets continue to suffer, attention at Dentons—which absorbed the 310-lawyer, Atlanta-based McKenna Long & Aldridge last month—is focused on a deal with a huge Chinese firm.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : August 25, 2015

Among other announcements, commercial banking attorney Christopher Palmer has been named managing partner of Garden City-based Cullen and Dykman.

K&L Gates Boosts Banking Team in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 25, 2015

Markus Blenntoft moves over from the recently closed office of Dentons.

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2015

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2015

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 24, 2015

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Clay Long Goes Solo, Works on Coke Bottler Deal

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : August 20, 2015

Citing client conflicts, Clay Long, one of the founders of McKenna Long & Aldridge, has started a solo practice rather than join Dentons, which swallowed his former firm last month.

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

BAY Mediation Beefs Up Roster With Five New Picks

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : August 18, 2015

BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services has been on a summer hiring spree, adding five experienced Atlanta lawyers to its roster of neutrals: Tom Sampson and T. "Woody" Sampson II of Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins, T. Bart Gary of Freeman Mathis & Gary, C.G. "Sonny" Jester Jr. of Gleeds USA, and Chris Simon, who has a plaintiffs firm and is director of business development for CoCounselor.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : August 17, 2015

A roundup of Washington, D.C. lateral moves and promotions.

10 Possible Solutions to the H-1Bs Visa Problem

C. Matthew Schulz and James D. Levine : Corporate Counsel : August 17, 2015

Here are some tips for getting around limits on skilled worker immigration. Donald Trump might even go for these.


: The National Law Journal : August 17, 2015

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

Inside the Gartner Magic Quadrant and The Currents of Change

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : August 17, 2015

While the MQ report by no means constitutes a complete view of the players in the industry, LTN's resulting conversations point to trends of which many industry observers have also taken note.

Haynes and Boone Raids IP Boutique, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 16, 2015

With Mavrakakis Law Group's decision to return to Big Law, Haynes and Boone picked up eight boutique patent litigators and a new Chicago office packed with Kirkland & Ellis alums.

Houston Litigator Glenn Ballard Set to Join Dentons

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : August 14, 2015

Glenn Ballard, a former head of the trial section at Bracewell & Giuliani, will join Dentons on Aug. 17 as managing partner of the Houston office.

Beneath Google's Fight With Orrick, a Big Business

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : August 14, 2015

Emails surfaced by the search giant show relationsihp between partner hired by Microsoft and the Mississippi AG probing Google's practices.

Did You Remember to Plug In Your Lawyer Today?

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : August 14, 2015

You may not be replaced with an intelligent robot, but be prepared to work with one.

3 Steps to Better Connect with Your Clients

Kenneth E. Jones : Legaltech News : August 13, 2015

Staying dialed in with your clients so that you know what they need and you think like they think is a surefire way to raise your effectiveness.

Nominations for Court of Appeals Are Due by Sept. 1

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : August 12, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission is gathering names of candidates to fill three new judgeships on the Georgia Court of Appeals, according to a notice sent Wednesday from the State Bar of Georgia.

Dentons' Nextlaw Labs Teams Up with IBM Cloud

Erin E. Harrison : Legaltech News : August 12, 2015

NextLaw Labs signs ROSS Intelligence, a startup developing a legal advisor app powered by IBM Watson.

Sidley Austin on the Hunt in LA, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 11, 2015

Manatt loses another partner to Sidley in Los Angeles; Debevoise makes do with a pair of IP departures; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : August 10, 2015

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

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : August 07, 2015

Six firms announce additions, while Kelley Drye and Katten Muchin have elected new partners.