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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 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, 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

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.

High Court Raises Burden for Employers on Pregnancy Bias

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : March 25, 2015

Employers are not required to give pregnant workers the same accommodations that they offer workers with other disabilities, but need to establish a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for any difference to avoid liability for pregnancy discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 20, 2015

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The U.S. Offensive in the China Trade War

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : March 12, 2015

When it comes to protectionism, China isn't blameless. But the United States wields its trade laws just as aggressively against Chinese companies.

Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza: Plaintiffs Attorney Goes After O'Melveny a Third Time

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 09, 2015

Our latest roundup of litigation in which Am Law 200 firms are either defendants or plaintiffs includes an attempt to revive a case against O'Melveny & Myers; assertions that Dorsey & Whitney should share their client BIAX Corp.'s pain; and allegations of negligence against Baker Botts and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

What Leading Lawyers Made of High Court Action

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : March 04, 2015

Lawyers on all sides of the contentious debate over attended the arguments Wednesday. Here are some first-blush reactions to what they saw and heard.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Shire / NPS; HeidelbergCement Asset Sale; Shake Shack IPO; Marlin / NuDevco / Azure; Facebook / Wit.ai / Quickfire; OnCore/ Tekmira

In Religion Bias Case, Justices Question Pro-Employer Rule

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : February 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared reluctant to give employers greater protection from lawsuits by employees and job applicants who claim discrimination based on their religious beliefs.

Howard Law Punches Above its Weight Class in Placing Grads

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : February 24, 2015

The 50 law schools that send the most graduates into associate jobs at the country's largest law firms have something in common—each stands among the Top 100 law schools in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. With one notable exception: Howard University School of Law.

Bucking Trend, Federal Circuit Reverses 'Exceptional Case' Award

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 24, 2015

Litigation positions taken by Dorsey & Whitney on behalf of an NPE client had been objectively reasonable at the time, wrote Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

Best Buy Co. Inc.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

Handling the legal side of the nat­ion's largest electronics retailer is a big job, especially if you're also cutting departmental costs, implementing an innovative compliance program and focusing on diversity and pro bono work.

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s pro bono program is expansive. It serves a range of groups, including children, veterans, seniors and nonprofit organizations, and it does so in the Twin Cities and beyond.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Dorsey & Whitney Records Most Profitable Year

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2015

Despite a management change and the defection of three practice group leaders and other top partners, Dorsey & Whitney reported a 3.8 percent increase in gross revenue in 2014, to $338.5 million, while profits per partner and revenue also improved.

Boies Wins Discovery Fight in Bank of China Terror Funding Case

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2015

Over the objections of defense lawyers at Dorsey & Whitney and Squire Patton Boggs, Bank of China was ordered to turn over internal investigation records that could help plaintiffs tie the bank to a 2006 Palestinian terrorist attack.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2015

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.