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on Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

  • Designation: Minneapolis
  • Head Count: 517
  • Gross Revenues: $313,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $605,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $515,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -11

Dorsey & Whitney is a Minneapolis-based law firm with 19 offices worldwide. The firm was ranked as the 70th largest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, with 567 attorneys. With $322,500,000 in gross revenue for 2010, Dorsey & Whitney placed 83rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 revenue rankings. In the 2010 Global 100 rankings, the firm was ranked as the 100th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm specializes in a number of areas, including intellectual property; corporate and transactions law; Native American law; labor, employment and immigration; litigation; and tax, trusts and estates. The firm's office locations include Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Sydney, and Shanghai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 99 -11 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 99 -11 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 75 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 44 -1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 138 -10 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 20 -10 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 16 -9 Summer programs

In the News

The Careerist: Only Women and Wimps Work Part-Time

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

What the latest Yale Law Women's report on law firms really tells us.

Miami Shareholder Named Co-Chair Of Key Greenberg Group

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 22, 2014

Miami shareholder Yosbel Ibarra has been named co-chair of Greenberg Traurig's Latin American and Iberian practice group, sharing duties with shareholder Patricia Menendez-Cambo.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Supreme Court Struggles for Clarity on Software Patents

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 31, 2014

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on Monday as the justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Squire Sanders Stays Course

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

As Squire Sanders continues its tie-up talks with another member of The Am Law 100, The American Lawyer's reporting shows that it posted a largely flat set of financial results for 2013.

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

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

The SEC and federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

Another Disrupter Targets Legal Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Palo Alto-based LawGives is the latest startup to challenge the traditional way that clients find lawyers—and the traditional fee structures.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Harvey Kauget joins Burr & Forman's intellectual property practice as partner in the Tampa office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

NY Investment Banker Faces Insider Trading Charges

Isobel Markham : Law.com : January 26, 2014

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

U.S. BANCORP

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The company's pro bono program is involved with no less than 15 legal aid organizations and legal aid clinics.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Dorsey, a Rebound in Revenue, Profits

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Bouncing back from several challenging years, Dorsey & Whitney registered across-the-board increases in gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and profits per partner last year, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Lawyer Threatened With Jail Over $50,000 in Unpaid Sanctions

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 22, 2014

A federal judge held Minneapolis lawyer William Butler in contempt for failing to pay about $80,000 in sanctions in a mortgage case and asked Minnesota's U.S. attorney to collect the sanctions and consider criminal proceedings against him.

Colliers International

Leigh Jones : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Will the Asia Shakeout Ever Come?

By Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

What's the solution to the overly competitive market for legal services in Asia? Many international law firms in Asia are simply counting on their weaker rivals to eventually give up and go home, leaving a bigger pie for everybody else. But Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin says they shouldn't bet on that scenario.

Amid Practice Leader Losses, Dorsey Plots Turnaround

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A year after an abrupt management change spurred a firmwide restructuring, three practice group leaders have recently left Dorsey & Whitney for positions elsewhere. Departures aside, Dorsey managing partner Kenneth Cutler tells The Am Law Daily that the firm's gross revenue rose last year for the first time in six years against the backdrop of a shifting legal landscape that has seen leading Minneapolis-based rivals Faegre & Benson and Leonard, Street and Deinard strike merger deals.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

Friedlander Is Acting City Corporation Counsel

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Zachary Carter, appointed as corporation counsel by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will take office by Feb. 1.

NYC's New Mayor Taps Zach Carter for Corporation Counsel

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 02, 2014

New York mayor Bill de Blasio said "it became very clear to me that there was no one more qualified in all of New York City to play this role than Zach Carter."

The Churn: Greenberg Raids Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a corporate partner in Washington, D.C., and three intellectual property lawyers in Texas; Winston & Strawn hires an energy lawyer in Hong Kong from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and a Dorsey & Whitney partner becomes New York City's new corporation counsel.

Ready to 'Do Justice,' Carter Assumes Helm at Law Department

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2013

Zachary Carter, the incoming New York City corporation counsel, said he is ready to take over an office already running at full speed on a number of major issues. "Absolutely," Carter said in an interview. "I've always loved public service and this is an opportunity to play an important role in the administration of the city."

Former U.S. Prosecutor Is City's New Top Attorney

Jonathan Lemire : The Associated Press : January 30, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has announced that Zachary Carter, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, will become New York City's corporation counsel on Jan. 1.

A Weapon Against Hackers on the Home Front

Nick Akerman : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2013

Although headlines have focused on foreign cyberattacks, plenty are U.S.-based — and can be remedied.

Hamline Looked In-House For New Law Dean

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Hamline University School of Law has tapped CR Bard Inc. general counsel Jean Holloway as its first female dean.

A Weapon Against Hackers on the Home Front

Nick Akerman : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Although headlines have focused on foreign cyberattacks, plenty are U.S.-based — and can be remedied.

Bloomberg Swears In His Last Group of City Judges

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

The judges were nominated through a merit-based selection process designed to ensure fairness and discourage political favoritism.

Amid Deal Doldrums, Energy M&A Still Flows to Some Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Though the volume of energy-related M&A transactions has dipped to a nine-year low, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case are closing out 2013 by grabbing leading roles on a spate of big deals tied to the industry.

Thompson Taps Broad Expertise for Transition Team

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Kenneth Thompson has announced a 32-member transition team of prominent private attorneys, community leaders and criminal justice experts who are tasked with recruiting high-caliber legal talent to the office.

With Chill in the Air, a Fresh Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Our latest roundup of litigation in which Am Law 200 firms are either defendants or plaintiffs includes Dorsey & Whitney getting sued over a burst pipe; the ex-wife of a deceased Kaye Scholer partner seeking retirement benefits from the firm; and Thompson Hine facing accusations of discrimination and wrongful termination brought by a legal secretary once employed by the firm.

Four Am Law Firms Lead on $1.4 Billion Fertilizer Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Fertilizer manufacturer and distributor CF Industries said Monday it has agreed to sell its phosphate mining and manufacturing business to Mosaic Company for $1.4 billion. Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom is serving as counsel to CF Industries, while Dorsey & Whitney, Mayer Brown and Arnold & Porter are representing Mosaic.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Loeb & Loeb gains an advertising specialist; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hires a new pro bono partner; and a longtime Treasury Department lawyer joins Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.