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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

  • Designation: Minneapolis
  • Head Count: 500
  • Gross Revenues: $338,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $675,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $605,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Dorsey & Whitney is a Minneapolis-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dorsey & Whitney has 500 attorneys and is the 85th largest firm in the United States.  With $338,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 93rd on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2009 Global 100 survey, Dorsey & Whitney ranked as the 100th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in AK, CA, CO, DC, DE, IA, MN, MT, ND, NY, UT and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 93 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 93 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 84 -8 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 52 2 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 156 -18 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 20 -10 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 16 -9 Summer programs

In the News

The Global Lawyer: Will Daimler Blow Up Terror Litigation?

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Daimler v. Bauman is undermining anti-terror law on jurisdictional grounds.

Plaintiffs Bar Notches a Rare Win From the Supreme Court

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 20, 2016

Ruling 6-3 in 'Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez,' the high court held that a defendant can't moot a class action by offering full payment to the lead plaintiff.

Supreme Court Rules For Class Action Plaintiffs

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 20, 2016

So far, so good for the plaintiffs' bar in the latest batch of class action cases the U.S. Supreme Court is considering this term.


: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2016

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

A Dentons Lawyer Gets Religion, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2016

Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dorsey Partner Says Fatal Alaska Crash Was Suicide

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2016

Doug Demarest died last week after his plane crashed in Anchorage, damaging the building where his wife, Dorsey & Whitney partner Katherine Demarest, practices law.

At Dorsey & Whitney, Pro Bono Cases Up North Meet Different Ends

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 28, 2015

A case being handled by the nonprofit Innocence Project and Dorsey & Whitney in Alaska saw a client get freed after 18 years in prison, although a similar matter in Minnesota drew ended this month after another pro bono client died while incarcerated.

Federal Circuit Topples Ban on Disparaging Trademarks

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 22, 2015

Ruling is a win for Asian dance band The Slants—and also for the Washington Redskins.

Reed Smith Bolsters Corporate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 06, 2015

Five months after a high-profile raid by Cooley, Reed Smith rebuilds its capital markets practice; Burleson refugees find new homes; Dentons keeps hiring; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Justices' Austrian Train Ruling Further Restricts Foreign Claims in U.S. Courts

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : December 01, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that an American woman injured in an Austrian train accident cannot sue the railroad in U.S. courts merely because she purchased her ticket online in the United States. The decision, the first signed opinion of the current term, is the latest in a series of rulings in which the high court has limited the use of U.S. courts as forums for adjudicating wrongs that took place primarily outside the country.

Seeking China Beachhead, McGuireWoods Inks Shanghai Deal

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 30, 2015

McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.

Maneuverings at Mayer Brown, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 22, 2015

Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

High School Students Settle Civil Rights Suit Against City

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : November 20, 2015

One current and five former public high school students who claimed officers in the New York City Police Department's School Safety Division violated their civil rights through excessive force and wrongful arrests have settled their suit against the city.


: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Wilson Elser Expands in Texas, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Guantánamo Roster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Firms involved in detainee representation.

Deal Watch: Walgreens, Rite Aid Deal Just What Doctor Ordered for Big Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2015

A tie-up of big pharmacy chains came with a healthy price tag, as the proposed $17.2 billion union between the Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid yielded roles for a handful of Am Law 100 firms.

Criminal Defense Star Billy Martin on Dog Fighting, Monica's Blue Dress and the Worst Thing a Judge Ever Said to Him

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : October 29, 2015

Professional athletes, entertainers and politicians in a world of trouble have all turned to Billy Martin, who recently joined Miles & Stockbridge as a partner. He spoke to the Lit Daily about his practice, his work to diversify the legal profession and why getting rear-ended by a guy in a Porsche changed his life.

Linklaters Lands Baker & McKenzie Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2015

Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie's white-collar practice and head of the firm's New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dorsey & Whitney Opens in Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 27, 2015

The Minneapolis-based firm expands into a second mainland Chinese office despite some U.S. peers leaving China entirely.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : October 12, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Panel Adopts 'Garner' Privilege Test for Fiduciary Situations

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : October 09, 2015

The Appellate Division, First Department, has adopted the "Garner test" for determining whether an attorney-client privilege claimed by a corporation and its lawyers may be overcome by the "fiduciary exception."

Arent Fox Adds Tech Transactions Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 04, 2015

Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big-Name Clients Engaging NJ Firms for Litigation Work

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : September 25, 2015

New Jersey firms once again have a presence in an annual survey of which firms are getting the call to advise the country's top-earning corporations in litigation matters.

The E-Discovery Institute Announces Leadership Summit and New Judges' Training Symposium

Robert D. Owen : Legaltech News : September 18, 2015

The new one-day program will explore the proposed amendments to the FRCP.

Panel Says Fair Use Must Be Considered in DMCA Takedowns

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 14, 2015

The Ninth Circuit ruling authored by Judge Richard Tallman erects a new hurdle for copyright holders monitoring services like YouTube for unauthorized content.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Dewey Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupted Geoffrey Coll, but the securities litigator has found a new home at Baker & Hostetler; Greenberg Traurig brings on Ted Kennedy's widow; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Midlevel Associates: A Sunny Outlook in the West

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : September 03, 2015

West Coast midlevels tended to be happier than their East Coast counterparts.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

Khaitan, Dorsey on IndusInd's $675M Share Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 28, 2015

The Indian bank placed shares with institutional investors in order to boost its reserve capital.