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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

Big Deals

Tom Brennan and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 01, 2015

China National Nuclear Power IPO, 58.com/Ganji, Daiichi/Sun Pharma and more of the Asia-Pacific region's largest recent transactions.

Supreme Court Tells EPA To Consider Costs of Pollution Regulations

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : June 29, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fared well before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent Clean Air Act cases. But the streak ended Monday when the justices ruled that the EPA must consider the cost to industry in regulating mercury emissions from factories and coal plants.

Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 28, 2015

Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; McKenna Long & Aldridge sees more lateral movement ahead of its deal with Dentons; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Justice Kennedy's Vote Rescues Fair Housing Act

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : June 25, 2015

Civil rights advocates and the Obama administration on Thursday celebrated U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's embrace of the Fair Housing Act in a 5-4 ruling that endorsed the use of "disparate impact" claims in discrimination cases.

Supreme Court's Spider-Man Ruling Snares 'Garage Inventors'

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : June 22, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday cutting off royalties for the developer of a Spider-Man toy may be a boon to the patent bar, but a blow to "garage inventors" who don't know the intricacies of patent licensing agreements.

Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : June 19, 2015

Forty-four firms get WILEF's seal of approval.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Flock to Pharma, as Kirkland and Skadden Snag China Work

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 18, 2015

Nearly a dozen billion-dollar deals were announced over the past week, ranging from homebuilders and retail buys to the privatization of a U.S.-listed Chinese technology company. At the same time, Am Law 100 firms had to look no further than the active pharmaceutical arena to add a few notable M&A engagements to their transactional ledger.

Freshfields' U.S. Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2015

The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Honduras Escapes $205M Award on Lumber Contract

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : June 15, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decides Honduras isn't liable for a $205 million default judgment against a company it created.

New Partnership to Improve Locating Experts in the Legal Industry

Sean Doherty : Legaltech News : June 10, 2015

Neudesic's The Firm Directory and BA Insight partner to find experts in law firms and legal departments.

McKenna Long Departures Mount, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 10, 2015

Ahead of its proposed combination with Dentons, more partners have left McKenna Long & Aldridge, even as the latter makes a hire of its own; Latham & Watkins lands another O'Melveny & Myers rainmaker; Nelson Mullins and Barnes & Thornburg open new offices; Delta Air Lines taps Dorsey & Whitney for a new legal chief; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Religious Headscarf Ruling Leaves Questions Unanswered

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : June 08, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 1 made it easier for job applicants and employees to prevail on claims of religious discrimination in the workplace, but those cases remain difficult to win, employment litigators said.

Justices Expand Protections for Religion in Hiring

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : June 01, 2015

Employers violate the nation's major job-bias law if the need for a religious accommodation was a motivating factor in their refusal to hire someone, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : June 01, 2015

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Arnold & Porter, Others Make Best Firms for Families List

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : May 29, 2015

The Yale Law Women's survey also credits Cadwalader, Duane Morris, Hogan Lovells, Hunton & Williams, Kirkland & Ellis, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles, Orrick and Wilmer.

Justices Give Companies Partial Win in Whistleblower Suits

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : May 26, 2015

Companies doing business with the federal government scored a partial victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in their efforts to defend against whistleblower claims.

Gordon Silver's Last Name Partner Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Dickinson Wright hires a name partner from struggling Las Vegas legal mainstay Gordon Silver; Jones Day hires a Kelley Drye & Warren practice leader; Sidley Austin snags two partners in Houston and Singapore; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dorsey & Whitney Adds Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 15, 2015

High yield bond specialist Joe Sevack joins the firm from Troutman Sanders.

Three Firms See Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

McKenna Long & Aldridge, O'Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman see more partners peel away; a former Bingham McCutchen tax partner rejoins her former colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; a Latham & Watkins antitrust litigator launches her own boutique; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Shot With Our Own Gun?

Michael D. Goldhaber : Corporate Counsel : May 01, 2015

U.S. lawyers, regulators and courts have been quick to find fault with China's export policies. But how fair have U.S. policies been?

Dorsey Watches the Bottom Line

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Belt-tightening measures help boost the firm's profits.

Should Cadwalader Be on Yale Law Women's Top 10 List?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : April 22, 2015

Despite low female partner rates, the firm gets Yale Law Women's top honors.

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2015

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank's Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Eric Ruzicka

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Dorsey & Whitney's Eric Ruzicka had a big role to assume when he became Pro Bono Partner last year after a colleague's retirement, but he's kept the program and the firm's legacy pro bono projects thriving with U.S. Bancorp.

Counsel to Counsel in the Twin Cities

: The National Law Journal : April 06, 2015

The National Law Journal this week highlights lawyers who serve as outside counsel to some of the top in-house legal teams at companies based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

Big Firms Hit Home Run Ahead of Opening Day

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

As Major League Baseball prepares to begin its 2015 season—the first under new commissioner and former Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Robert Manfred Jr.—the union representing the league's players has filed its annual report detailing expenses to 14 outside legal advisers, including three Am Law 200 firms.

Employment Lawyers Brace for 'Pao Effect'

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 01, 2015

Everyone's talking about the Kleiner Perkins trial and whether it's likely to embolden companies or workers.

High Court Shuts Door on Suits Over Medicaid Rates

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : March 31, 2015

Health care providers cannot sue states over Medicaid reimbursement rates that they contend are too low to ensure delivery of services under the federal-state program for poor and low-income individuals, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

Slater & Gordon Offers $947M for U.K. Claims Processor

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Arnold Bloch Leibler is Australian counsel to Slater, while London-based Macfarlanes is advising on English law.