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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 553
  • Gross Revenues: $381,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $690,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $720,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -5

Drinker Biddle & Reath is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Drinker Biddle & Reath has 553 attorneys and is the 76th largest firm in the United States.  With $381,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 81st on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Drinker Biddle & Reath ranked as the 96th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, IL, NJ, NY, PA and WI.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 81 -5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 81 -5 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 70 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 107 -13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 161 -3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 115 -28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 24 3 Summer programs

In the News

Gay Marriage Ruling Not a Clear Windfall for Lawyers

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : July 30, 2015

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, observers were quick to point out the obvious benefits to family practitioners. Weeks later, however, lawyers in family and related practice areas in New Jersey appear skeptical whether significant business gains are in the offing.

Despite New Role, Saylor's Pen Keeps Flowing

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

Nearly seven months into a calendar year when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is operating with two vacant seats, the justices appear to be issuing opinions at a reasonable pace, observers said, while the court's leader has taken an especially active role in writing.

Pot Luck: Marijuana Legalization Drives Budding Practices

Zoe Ferguson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

A few bold Am Law 200 firms are growing their own pot law practices.

Buchanan Hires Leave Novak Druce Lawyerless in Phila.

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 24, 2015

Part of a string of lateral hires by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia appears to have left Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's year-old office in the city without any attorneys.

Pa. Firms Announce Flurry of Lateral Hires

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 20, 2015

Pennsylvania law firms are doing some midyear hiring if the latest lateral partner announcements are any indication.

Next PTAB Chief Judge Named

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 14, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's former solicitor will fill the role—at least on a temporary basis.

NFL Team's Trademark Suit Spiked

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : July 13, 2015

The Washington Redskins football team vowed to fight a federal district judge's order last week canceling the team's trademark registrations as likely disparaging to Native Americans.

Walker Inaugurated as President of Federal Bar Association

: New Jersey Law Journal : July 10, 2015

Karol Corbin Walker, a partner based in LeClairRyan's Newark office, was sworn in as the first African-American president of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ) on June 18 at the organization's 39th annual Brennan Dinner, held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Plus more in this week's column.

Judge Upholds Cancellation of Washington Redskins Trademarks

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : July 08, 2015

A federal district judge in Virginia on Wednesday rejected the Washington Redskins' challenge to the cancellation of the team's trademarks as disparaging to Native Americans.

Federal Circuit Nominee Sails Through Senate Confirmation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 07, 2015

Kara Farnandez Stoll, a former Finnegan partner, is an experienced patent litigator, well-connected in the Beltway, and the first woman of color to join the circuit bench.

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Perkel, PICS Case No. 15-0991 (Pa. May 27, 2015) per curiam (31 pages).

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 30, 2015

The Disciplinary Board recommended that Benjamin Hart Perkel be suspended on consent from the Bar of the Commonwealth for a period of two years retroactive to June 12, 2014.

Tax Exemptions for Hospitals in Question After NJ Ruling

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : June 30, 2015

A ruling withdrawing the property tax exemption for Morristown Memorial Hospital could compel challenges to other health care facilities' exempt status, attorneys said.


: The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

Laterals, new arrivals and promotions in this week's column.

Third Circuit Addresses Structured Dismissal of Bankruptcy Case

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : June 29, 2015

Over the years, companies often file Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, for a number of reasons, never make it through the entire process to approval of a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. In some cases, the company is unable to reorganize and the case is converted to a liquidation proceeding under Chapter 7. In other instances, the court determines that the debtor did not commence the case in good faith for a proper reorganization purpose and dismisses the proceeding.

Stable CMO Market Sees Some Unexpected Movement

Gina Passarella 
and Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 29, 2015

Pennsylvania's legal marketing community has seen relative stability over the past few years as many of the largest law firms have installed and maintained the next generation of chief marketing and business development officers. But there have been a few changes of late, including what the marketing community has perceived as the abrupt departure of Saul Ewing's marketing leader.

Constitutionality of Alabama Law Argued in Tylenol MDL

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : June 25, 2015

Lawyers in the bellwether case in the Tylenol multidistrict litigation Wednesday argued over whether the lack of a formula for determining punitive damages under Alabama's wrongful-death law violates the due process rights of the drug's maker.

No Punitives in Tylenol MDL, at Least on Paper

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : June 24, 2015

A federal judge has ordered that punitive damages may not be pursued in the bellwether case in the Tylenol MDL, but the plaintiff's lawyer said punitive damages are already factored into the case under the law of the plaintiff's home state, Alabama.

The Legal Names Best Law Firm Corporate Practices

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 18, 2015

Nearly six months ago, The Legal asked law firms across the state to tell us what makes their corporate practices the best. Following a model we set when we first conducted this contest two years ago, we wanted to find the Pennsylvania firms making an impact with their corporate and transactional work. The submissions we received were numerous and impressive across the board, demonstrating the variety of firms in this state that can traffic at a local, regional and international scale—sometimes concurrently.

J&J Wants Talc Suits Centralized in Atlantic Co.

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : June 16, 2015

Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries are asking judiciary officials to designate for multicounty litigation more than 100 suits claiming the company's talc-based products caused ovarian cancer in women.

Nonequity Departures Driving Declines in Pa. Head Count

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2015

Attorney head count among Pennsylvania's largest firms has fluctuated in the first six months of the year from as much as a 9.3 percent increase to an 11.2 percent decline, according to a review of statistics tracked by ALM's RivalEdge.

New Pot Bar Has Some Lawyers Seeing Green

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 14, 2015

After going live last week, a pot bar began luring lawyers nationwide into its ranks. The National Cannabis Bar Association counts a current Akerman partner and former Reed Smith partner as members of its founding board of directors as the organization seeks to bring a relatively niche practice area into the mainstream.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : June 12, 2015

Announcements from Drinker Biddle, DLA Piper, Akin Gump, Arent Fox and Cadwalader.

Pa. Firms Rank High for Head Count Shifts in Both Directions

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 10, 2015

Mergers and group departures had significant impacts on Pennsylvania firms' head count numbers—in both growth and decline—in 2014, according to data reported by Legal affiliate The National Law Journal.

Reed Smith Bulks Up IP Team With Six Lawyers Across Three Offices

Lizzy McLellan : Delaware Law Weekly : June 10, 2015

Reed Smith has expanded its intellectual property, information and innovation group, bringing on six attorneys, including three who will launch the group's presence in Delaware.

Justices to Eye Consolidation Question That's Split Appeals Courts

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 09, 2015

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to take up the question of appealability in consolidated actions, an issue over which the Superior and Commonwealth courts are at odds.

Morning Wrap: The NLJ 350 | 'Burn The Courthouse Down'

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : June 08, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The NLJ 350 shows stagnant headcount growth, a manhunt in New York for escaped prisoners and Anne Hathaway's dad changes firms.

Drinker Biddle's Chief Data Scientist Discusses Data Ethics

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : June 08, 2015

While predictive systems have the capacity to aid in the digestion of massive sets of data, they could inadvertently alienate underrepresented populations segments.

Anne Hathaway's Dad Joins Drinker Biddle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Summer Hiring at Large NJ Firms

: New Jersey Law Journal : June 04, 2015

Tracking summer hiring at N.J.'s largest firms.

In Pennsylvania Firms, Rankings Show Minority Attorneys Underrepresented

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 04, 2015

Only two of the 17 Pennsylvania-based law firms included in Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's rankings of firms based on minority attorneys came in above the national average of 14.4 percent and none could be found in the top 50 of the rankings.