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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

  • Designation: Minneapolis
  • Head Count: 512
  • Gross Revenues: $336,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $660,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $600,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -5

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 $336,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 98th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 98 -5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 98 -5 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

E-Discovery Onward: 4 Trends Shaping the Future of E-Discovery

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : May 25, 2016

With 2016 well underway, trends are shaping the way e-discovery is practiced. Experts from Norton Rose Fulbright and Shook, Hardy & Bacon elaborate on events shaping the future of e-discovery.

After Backlash, Law to Protect Prince’s ‘Likeness’ Tabled–For Now

Jennifer Williams-Alvarez : Corporate Counsel : May 23, 2016

Will there be a similar bill in the next session? The answer depends on who you ask.

Firms Offer More Parental Leave, But Will Associates Take It?

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 23, 2016

Law firms are in an arms race over who can offer the best paternal leave policies, but at some firms, fathers aren't taking all the time offered.

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2016

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

A Tale of Two Waxmans at Wilmer and Dickinson Wright

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 17, 2016

Seth Waxman, meet your new neighbor, Seth Waxman.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2016

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Court Ejects Argentinian Soccer Suit Over Sovereign Immunity

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : May 05, 2016

A state appellate court dismisses a lawsuit over media rights to Argentinian soccer association games, finding the government of Argentina is an indispensable party and can't be sued.

After Sydney Closure, Skadden Team Sails to Allen & Overy

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2016

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

April: Lateral Litigator Winners and Losers

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 02, 2016

A look at some of the most notable lateral litigator moves in April.

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

U.K. Litigation Funder Taps Proskauer Lawyer for U.S. Debut

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.

Marianne D. Short

: The National Law Journal : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Despite Out-of-State Disbarment, Lawyer Continues Conn. Practice

SCOTT FLAHERTY : The Connecticut Law Tribune : April 08, 2016

Wesport attorney Kristan Peters-Hamlin, who previously received a seven-year suspension in New York based on misconduct during a trade secrets case, has been disbarred in Maryland following a related disciplinary proceeding.

The Humble Law Firm Website Is Going Way, Way Upscale

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2016

Vanity Fair-like portraits. Profiles that convey spark and personality. Throughout The Am Law 200, firms are remaking their sites—to the tune of $200,000 to more than $1 million.

Morning Wrap: Scandal and Celebrity Propel Sarah Palin, D.C. Madam and the Maryland Bar into Today's Legal News

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 31, 2016

Bracewell cuts the ribbon on a new Washington office, details from the D.C. Madam could resurface in court, and a look at Justice Clarence Thomas' desk: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

Federal Circuit Says It Won't Force PTO Action on 'The Slants' Trademark

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : March 30, 2016

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will not force the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to publish the trademark application filed by Simon Tam, founder of the Asian-American rock band The Slants.

Morning Wrap: Tie Goes to the Circuit | Hackers Hit Law Firms

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : March 30, 2016

Hackers targeted major Am Law 100 firms in a cyber attack. One Republican Senator opens a door to Merrick Garland. And the Supreme Court's tie vote in the public-sector unions case highlights, in the most clear terms yet, the impact of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

How to Draw Up the Perfect Info Gov Game Plan

Caroline Sweeney, Dorsey & Whitney : Legaltech News : March 30, 2016

Aligning compliance, privacy, security and e-discovery practices can lower risk.

Tortured Tale of Ex-Dorsey Partner Takes Turn in Maryland

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2016

Kristan Peters-Hamlin, a former Dorsey & Whitney partner who has dealt with a recurring disciplinary issue over the past decade, has been disbarred in Maryland.

Latham's Asia Reboot

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 28, 2016

Will Latham & Watkins' high-profile new hires in Hong Kong allow it to pull away from the pack?

Garland's Appreciation for the Environment Shines Through in His Record

C. Ryan Barber : The National Law Journal : March 24, 2016

Judge Merrick Garland is known to enjoy the outdoors. As President Barack Obama has noted, Garland and his family love to hike, ski, canoe and visit U.S. national parks. On the bench, that appreciation for the environment has shined through—and the cases where Garland ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency are few.

Pillsbury to Enter Hong Kong With Clyde Aviation Hire

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : March 14, 2016

The New York-based firm is launching a new office in the Chinese city spearheaded by former Clyde & Co global aviation finance head Paul Jebely.

2016 New Partner Announcements

: The American Lawyer : March 14, 2016

The American Lawyer invites firms to send us the names of their new partners for 2016. Please send submissions to

New Partners Yearbook 2016

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 11, 2016

The Law Journal's annual yearbook on new partners, including lateral hires, in New Jersey.

Dorsey & Whitney Names 12 New Partners

Staff : The American Lawyer : March 02, 2016

They'll be based in Anchorage, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Bracewell's Seattle Litigation Head

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 23, 2016

After a spate of lateral departures and lackluster financial results for 2015, the newly renamed Bracewell lost its head of litigation in Seattle. The move came after Bracewell hired a New York tax partner, but saw Morgan Lewis land an oil and gas pro in Houston and D.C.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Dorsey Sees Slight Declines in Revenue, Profits

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 16, 2016

After a record-breaking 2014, Dorsey & Whitney's gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and partner profits each took a modest hit in 2015.

On the Move

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 16, 2016

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