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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

Maneuverings at Mayer Brown, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 22, 2015

Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

High School Students Settle Civil Rights Suit Against City

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : November 20, 2015

One current and five former public high school students who claimed officers in the New York City Police Department's School Safety Division violated their civil rights through excessive force and wrongful arrests have settled their suit against the city.


: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

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

Wilson Elser Expands in Texas, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 11, 2015

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Guantánamo Roster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Firms involved in detainee representation.

Deal Watch: Walgreens, Rite Aid Deal Just What Doctor Ordered for Big Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2015

A tie-up of big pharmacy chains came with a healthy price tag, as the proposed $17.2 billion union between the Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid yielded roles for a handful of Am Law 100 firms.

Criminal Defense Star Billy Martin on Dog Fighting, Monica's Blue Dress and the Worst Thing a Judge Ever Said to Him

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : October 29, 2015

Professional athletes, entertainers and politicians in a world of trouble have all turned to Billy Martin, who recently joined Miles & Stockbridge as a partner. He spoke to the Lit Daily about his practice, his work to diversify the legal profession and why getting rear-ended by a guy in a Porsche changed his life.

Linklaters Lands Baker & McKenzie Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2015

Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie's white-collar practice and head of the firm's New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dorsey & Whitney Opens in Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 27, 2015

The Minneapolis-based firm expands into a second mainland Chinese office despite some U.S. peers leaving China entirely.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : October 12, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Panel Adopts 'Garner' Privilege Test for Fiduciary Situations

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : October 09, 2015

The Appellate Division, First Department, has adopted the "Garner test" for determining whether an attorney-client privilege claimed by a corporation and its lawyers may be overcome by the "fiduciary exception."

Arent Fox Adds Tech Transactions Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 04, 2015

Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.