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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 571
  • Gross Revenues: $388,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $680,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $705,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

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Drinker Biddle & Reath is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Drinker Biddle & Reath has 571 attorneys and is the 70th largest firm in the United States.  With $388,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 76th on The American Lawyer's 2014 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 76 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 76 -2 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

Hospitals' Internal Error Reviews Not Discoverable, Court Says

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : September 29, 2014

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Sept. 29 upheld a hospital's right to maintain the confidentiality of internal review reports written after adverse events, saying confidentiality ensures health care workers will be more forthcoming and candid when errors are made.

Drinker Biddle Partner Receives Award from Land Trust

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 26, 2014

Richard Goldman, a partner with Drinker, Biddle & Reath in Florham Park, N.J., received the Donald B. Jones Award, presented annually by D&R Greenway Land Trust to a person or group embodying their mission to inspire a conservation ethic.

Akin Loses Two, But Again Raids Bingham, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Bingham McCutchen lost four more partners to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld this week in Hong Kong and London, as the former continues to pursue a potential merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. McCarter & English adds eight partners of its own through a merger, Jones Day hires another Latin American dealmaker and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Making the Clery Act a More Effective Crime-Reporting Tool

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : September 23, 2014

Safety on college campuses, particularly how schools prevent and respond to sexual assaults, has been a dominant issue in 2014.

Drinker Biddle Prepares for Leadership Transition in 2015

Gina Passarella 
and Hank Grezlak : The Legal Intelligencer : September 22, 2014

Longtime Drinker Biddle & Reath Chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. will hand over leadership of the firm next year to his second-in-command, executive partner Andrew C. Kassner, a number of sources have confirmed to The Legal.

Eyes on Lee as White House Nears PTO Pick

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 12, 2014

Appointing acting director Michelle Lee as the agency's permanent chief would give the agency more clout in the debate over patent reform, lawyers said.

Disability-Rights Advocates sue over DC's Emergency Plans

Nate Beck : Legal Times : September 12, 2014

Washington-area disability-rights advocates this week filed a federal class action against the District of Colombia and its mayor, alleging the city's emergency plan discriminates against people with disabilities.

Pa. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Electronic Voting Machines

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : September 11, 2014

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments as to whether electronic voting machines that do not produce simultaneous paper records of each vote cast violate the Pennsylvania Election Code.

Lawyers See Potential for Xarelto Mass Tort

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : September 08, 2014

With litigation surrounding the blood thinner Xarelto in its infancy, some lawyers examining cases said the litigation could expand to mass-tort proportions while others said it's too early to tell.

Walder to Receive O'Hern Award

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 05, 2014

Justin Walder, a co-founder and senior partner at Walder Hayden in Roseland, N.J., has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Daniel J. O'Hern Award in memory of the late justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

On Your Mark

Tony Mauro and Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2014

The Redskins lost a round in a trademark dispute, but where will it end?

September 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2014

Four Said to Apply for Berger's Seat on Del. Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : August 28, 2014

Four candidates have applied to succeed retiring Justice Carolyn Berger on the Delaware Supreme Court, according to sources familiar with the process.

Dean of Seton Hall's Law School Stepping Down

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : August 28, 2014

Seton Hall University School of Law Dean Patrick Hobbs is planning to resign next May.

Four Apply to Succeed Berger on State Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : August 28, 2014

Four candidates have applied to succeed retiring Justice Carolyn Berger on the Delaware Supreme Court, according to sources familiar with the process.

Secant Dismissed From Pelvic-Mesh Mass Tort

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : August 27, 2014

Secant Medical, the sole Pennsylvania-based defendant in Philadelphia's pelvic-mesh mass tort, has been dismissed from the litigation.

Patton Boggs Diaspora Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2014

After a short stint at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a pair of former Patton Boggs litigators have joined several former colleagues at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; a Sidley Austin litigation cochair goes in-house; a former Thelen firm leader retires; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.'s Robert Guttman

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Pelvic Mesh Mass Tort Filings Continue to Rise

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : August 19, 2014

The number of filings in the pelvic mesh litigation in Philadelphia has increased since the mass tort's creation in February, court officials said.

Negligence Not Enough for Waiver of Subordination Rights

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : August 15, 2014

There are times when an unusual factual setting provides for a difficult legal analysis and even a surprising result. An example of such a case occurred recently in , Case No. 13-1713-RGA, in which the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware reversed the decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and held that a creditor's failure to file a proof of claim for years following the bar date did not constitute a waiver of the creditor's contractual subordination rights or warrant equitable subordination of the creditor's claim.

How to Succeed in Your First Year of Practicing Law

Vik Jaitly : The Legal Intelligencer : August 14, 2014

Did you just take the bar exam? If so, you may be only a few weeks away from starting your first job as an attorney. For many recent graduates, the anticipation of starting your career can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Although it might be difficult to predict your professional future, here are a few tips that will help you succeed in your first year.

The Churn: Am Law Quartet Eyes New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 12, 2014

Dechert, LeClairRyan, Lowenstein Sandler and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman all announced plans for new offices within the past week, in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

IGI Report Eyes Typical Projects and Expenses

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : August 11, 2014

The Information Governance Initiative releases its inaugural annual report.

Women Partners Gain but Minority Partners Flat at N.J. Firms

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : August 07, 2014

Partnerships at major New Jersey firms made strides toward gender equality in 2014, according to a survey of 20 bellwether firms, but the proportion of minority partners at those firms showed no change from last year's numbers.

IP Firm Novak Druce Opens Phila. Office, Supporting Wilm. Presence

Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Delaware Law Weekly : August 06, 2014

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

The Careerist: Top 50 Mommy Firms

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : August 06, 2014

A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."

Morgan Installed as Gloucester Bar President

: New Jersey Law Journal : August 01, 2014

Benjamin Morgan, a commercial litigation attorney with Archer & Greiner in Haddonfield, was installed as President of the Gloucester County Bar Association on June 6.

Novak Druce Opens Philadelphia Office

Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : The Legal Intelligencer : August 01, 2014

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

Novak Druce Opens Philadelphia Office

Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : The Legal Intelligencer : July 31, 2014

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

Chancery Court Blocks $300 Mil. D.C. Office Building Sale

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 30, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has blocked the $300 million sale of a Washington, D.C., office building, ruling the property's owner did not comply with an agreement to notify its previous owner of an intent to sell. If the owner wishes to consummate the transaction, he must start the process over by issuing a notice to the property's original owner before contacting third-party buyers, the court said.