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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-Name Clients Engaging NJ Firms for Litigation Work

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : September 25, 2015

New Jersey firms once again have a presence in an annual survey of which firms are getting the call to advise the country's top-earning corporations in litigation matters.

The E-Discovery Institute Announces Leadership Summit and New Judges' Training Symposium

Robert D. Owen : Legaltech News : September 18, 2015

The new one-day program will explore the proposed amendments to the FRCP.

Panel Says Fair Use Must Be Considered in DMCA Takedowns

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 14, 2015

The Ninth Circuit ruling authored by Judge Richard Tallman erects a new hurdle for copyright holders monitoring services like YouTube for unauthorized content.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Dewey Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 09, 2015

The demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupted Geoffrey Coll, but the securities litigator has found a new home at Baker & Hostetler; Greenberg Traurig brings on Ted Kennedy's widow; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Midlevel Associates: A Sunny Outlook in the West

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : September 03, 2015

West Coast midlevels tended to be happier than their East Coast counterparts.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

Khaitan, Dorsey on IndusInd's $675M Share Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 28, 2015

The Indian bank placed shares with institutional investors in order to boost its reserve capital.

Morning Wrap: Menendez | Marriage | Market Meltdowns

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : August 25, 2015

Federal prosecutors file hundreds of pages of court records that challenge Sen. Robert Menendez's effort to stop the criminal case against him. The Sixth Circuit is poised to rule on whether clerks can, at least for now, stop issuing marriage licenses altogether. And Big Law, with its interest in China, closely eyes ongoing market volatility. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Business Flowing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Minneapolis's legal sector is healthy these days, amid a strong local economy and a diverse array of corporate sectors providing law firms with a varied diet of business.

INADMISSIBLE: Trial Lawyer Billy Martin's Next Steps

: The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. Plus more in this week's column.

Billy Martin Heads to Eighth Firm, Reflects on What He's Learned

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 06, 2015

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. After working at seven firms in 15 years, Martin said he won't be jarred when he dissolves the boutique shop he founded in 2013. He and two other lawyers from his practice will join Miles & Stockbridge's Washington office, the firm announced this week. "Substantial clients call me not because I'm with Firm A or Firm B. I don't have a different way of practicing in a small firm or a big firm," Martin said.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 23, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Big Deals

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

China National Nuclear Power IPO,, 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.