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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

  • Designation: Minneapolis
  • Head Count: 501
  • Gross Revenues: $326,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $650,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $545,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 7

Dorsey & Whitney is a Minneapolis-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dorsey & Whitney has 501 attorneys and is the 84th largest firm in the United States.  With $326,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 92nd on The American Lawyer's 2014 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, BC, British Columbia, CA, CO, DC, DE, IA, London, MN, MT, ND, NY, Ontario, Paris, UT and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 92 7 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 92 7 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

New Social Networking App for Lawyers Launches

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : October 16, 2014

An online social sharing application designed for lawyers debuts at the Legal Marketing Technology conference.

Litigator of the Week: Lewis Remele Jr. of Bassford Remele

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : October 09, 2014

Capping years of litigation over an arbitration gone awry, Remele helped secure an estimated $800 million victory for Seagate in a trade secrets battle with rival hard drive maker Western Digital.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 06, 2014

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

Moves at Chadbourne, Duff & Phelps

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : October 03, 2014

Plus Traveling Coaches co-founder retires.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : September 08, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Supreme Court Contenders

: The National Law Journal : September 01, 2014

Lawyers and the Ice Bucket Challenge: A Video Collection

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 29, 2014

Since Venable's firmwide ice-bucket challenge soaked their terrace two weeks ago, we've found a collection of other ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos from prominent firms and lawyers.

Patton Boggs Diaspora Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2014

After a short stint at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a pair of former Patton Boggs litigators have joined several former colleagues at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; a Sidley Austin litigation cochair goes in-house; a former Thelen firm leader retires; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Merger (and Acquisition) Mania in Minneapolis

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Another Firm Iced: Arnold & Porter, Zuckerman Add Support to ALS Charity Campaign

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 22, 2014

Arnold & Porter and Zuckerman Spaeder were among a number of legal groups in Washington and elsewhere to take part in the ALS awareness-raising charity campaign that has gone viral on social-networking sites this month.

The Churn: Bingham Tax Duo Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 15, 2014

Two more Bingham McCutchen partners depart in Washington, D.C., Jones Day loses two in the Midwest, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett hires in New York and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Terror Docket

: The Litigation Daily : August 15, 2014

With trial in now underway in Brooklyn, see our roundup of the other key Anti-Terrorism Act cases unfolding in U.S. courts.

Trial Challenges Bank's Liability in Terrorist Acts

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : August 11, 2014

More than 5,000 miles from the war-torn Middle East, a Brooklyn federal courtroom this week will be the scene of an unprecedented trial testing a multibillion dollar bank's liability for allegedly offering material support to Hamas through its financial services.

The Careerist: Top 50 Mommy Firms

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : August 06, 2014

A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."

Four Firms Advise on Latest Deal Arising From North America's Energy Boom

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 17, 2014

Foley & Lardner, Dorsey & Whitney and leading Canadian firms Miller Thomson and Stikeman Elliott are advising on a $3.8 billion oil and gas merger that will create the largest producer in North Dakota's lucrative Bakken Shale formation.

'Alice Corp.' Is Already Making its Mark on Patent Law

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : July 16, 2014

Less than a month after the Supreme Court issued its much-debated Alice Corp. ruling on patent eligibility for abstract ideas, the decision is already making a mark on patent litigation and claims.

Perkins Coie's New Managing Partner to Head Firm from D.C.

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : July 07, 2014

In its continuing effort to raise its national profile, Perkins Coie has named John Devaney as its first firm leader outside of its Seattle headquarters. Devaney will take the reins in January, replacing longtime veteran Robert Giles.

SEC Playing Bigger Role in Cybersecurity

Nick Akerman and Parker Schweich : The National Law Journal : June 30, 2014

Besides clarifying disclosure requirements, the agency is prompting companies to take proactive steps.

Reach of Supreme Court's 'Aereo' Ruling Seen as Limited

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : June 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday handing a major copyright victory to network broadcast companies over the upstart Aereo streaming service was widely seen as narrow and unlikely to stifle new technologies.

The Churn: Defections Mount at Edwards Wildman, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Shawn Atkinson, the former cochair of the venture capital and cross-border M&A practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer in London, where the latter firm is trying to stave off a partner exodus. Plus: Bingham McCutchen bulks up in Asia, a partner trio decamps for top in-house roles and other lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 12, 2014

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 03, 2014

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 09, 2014

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

The Churn: Winston Bulks Up in IP and Asia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 06, 2014

Despite a recent round of layoffs, Winston & Strawn has hired a four-strong corporate team in Hong Kong and a three-partner IP team in San Francisco.

Supreme Court is Passionate About Patent Law

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : April 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday wrapped up the term's arguments by showing that its appetite for patent disputes remains unsated.

Supreme Court Eases Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

Marcia Coyle : The Recorder : April 29, 2014

Silicon Valley litigators applauded the rulings, while noting district judges would likely use their new discretion sparingly.

Justices Make it Easier to Recover Patent Defense Fees

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : April 29, 2014

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court, in a warning shot to those who bring frivolous patent infringement suits, on Tuesday eased the standard for awarding attorney fees in patent cases.

Common Flaws in Computer Fraud Class Actions

Nick Akerman : The National Law Journal : April 28, 2014

Lawsuits claiming unauthorized use of smartphone tracking technology are lacking key elements.


: The National Law Journal : April 28, 2014

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