Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm Profile

More Profiles:
Choose A Law Firm

IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Dorsey & Whitney LLP

  • - Financial Information
  • - Compensation
  • - Billing Rates
  • - Lateral Partner Moves
  • - Pro bono
  • - Key Contacts

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 with 19 offices worldwide. The firm was ranked as the 70th largest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, with 567 attorneys. With $322,500,000 in gross revenue for 2010, Dorsey & Whitney placed 83rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 revenue rankings. In the 2010 Global 100 rankings, the firm was ranked as the 100th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm specializes in a number of areas, including intellectual property; corporate and transactions law; Native American law; labor, employment and immigration; litigation; and tax, trusts and estates. The firm's office locations include Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Sydney, and Shanghai.

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

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

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 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 : January 28, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

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

Half-Dozen Firms Dig Into Big Canadian Mining Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Amid talk about a pharma M&A boom, the global mining industry is on the verge of its own round of consolidation.

The Careerist: Only Women and Wimps Work Part-Time

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

What the latest Yale Law Women's report on law firms really tells us.

Miami Shareholder Named Co-Chair Of Key Greenberg Group

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 22, 2014

Miami shareholder Yosbel Ibarra has been named co-chair of Greenberg Traurig's Latin American and Iberian practice group, sharing duties with shareholder Patricia Menendez-Cambo.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Another Weil Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A Delaware-based litigation partner leaves Weil for DLA Piper; Mintz Levin lands three IP attorneys in Boston; and, a Utah U.S. attorney returns to Sidley Austin.

Circuit Upholds Suspension of Former Dorsey Partner

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The long-litigated seven-year suspension from the Southern District of former Dorsey & Whitney partner Kristan Peters has been affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Jenner Managing Partner Levy Leaves for Northern Trust

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Susan Levy, who has spent her entire legal career at Jenner & Block and became its managing partner in 2008, will leave the Am Law 100 firm as of May 1 to become general counsel of Northern Trust Corp. The Chicago-based financial services giant is a Jenner client.

Supreme Court Struggles for Clarity on Software Patents

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 31, 2014

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on Monday as justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Supreme Court Struggles for Clarity on Software Patents

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 31, 2014

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on Monday as the justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Squire Sanders Stays Course

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

As Squire Sanders continues its tie-up talks with another member of The Am Law 100, The American Lawyer's reporting shows that it posted a largely flat set of financial results for 2013.

SEC Settles Charges Over Fraudulent Takeover Bid for Winnebago

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 19, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled securities fraud charges against Alexander Mascioli and North Street Capital for making a fraudulent offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Winnebago Industries Inc.

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

In the latest insider trading probe to touch an Am Law 100 firm, the Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme that involves some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

The SEC and federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

SEC Brings Fraud Actions Against AgFeed

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 13, 2014

As part of a broader push to prosecute not just companies but corporate officials, the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought actions against AgFeed Industries Inc. and eight of its directors and officers over financial fraud.

Regulators' Push to Target Individuals Appears to Gain Traction

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

This week's headlines suggest regulators seeking to pinpoint and charge individuals involved in alleged criminal activity are making headway in their efforts.

SEC Gains Split Verdict in Sanofi Insider Trading Case

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 11, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a split verdict from a jury in the U.S. district court in Cleveland in a case against two brothers accused of insider trading in 2009.

Another Disrupter Targets Legal Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Palo Alto-based LawGives is the latest startup to challenge the traditional way that clients find lawyers—and the traditional fee structures.

Appeals Court Revives SEC's Complaint Against GeoDynamics

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

An appeals court has revived a complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission after the agency argued it should have authority to bring a securities fraud action against oil and gas exploration company GeoDynamics Inc.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Harvey Kauget joins Burr & Forman's intellectual property practice as partner in the Tampa office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

NY Investment Banker Faces Insider Trading Charges

Isobel Markham : Law.com : January 26, 2014

Justices Divided Over Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared to be in the market for a compromise on Monday in a high-stakes dispute over the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

U.S. BANCORP

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The company's pro bono program is involved with no less than 15 legal aid organizations and legal aid clinics.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Dorsey, a Rebound in Revenue, Profits

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Bouncing back from several challenging years, Dorsey & Whitney registered across-the-board increases in gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and profits per partner last year, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.