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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 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 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

Google Experiments with Patent Purchase Portal

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 28, 2015

Lawyers and patent strategists see some benefits beyond just taking patents out of the hands of would-be trolls.

Fox Rothschild Joins Eight Other Pa. Firms in Am Law 100

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : April 28, 2015

One more Pennsylvania-based firm, Fox Rothschild, has joined the Am Law 100 after a year of significant revenue growth helped it to jump 10 spots in the rankings. The firm grew its revenue more than 10 percent to $331.5 million, making it one of 17 firms in the country to experience double-digit growth.

Aspirational Legal Weed Company Sparks Up With Drinker Biddle

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath has been retained as corporate and securities counsel to CannaPharmaRx, an early-stage pharmaceutical company focused on advancing research and discovery in the cannabinoid industry.

The 2015 New Jersey Top 20

: New Jersey Law Journal : April 24, 2015

In this year's survey, the has ranked firms based on head counts and revenue from New Jersey offices and lawyers only, even for firms headquartered in the state.

The 2015 New Jersey Top 20

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : April 24, 2015

The New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 survey of top-grossing firms and branches in the state looks different in many ways from years past, but almost all the familiar names remain.

Will Firms Lose Savings From Secondary Markets?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 22, 2015

The past few years have seen a lot of talk and some action around law firms creating outposts in secondary markets where they can not only house back-office administrative operations, but lawyers who charge out at lower rates.

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2015

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank's Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fiduciary Duties of Bankrupt Nursing Home's Officers, Directors

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : Delaware Business Court Insider : April 21, 2015

A recurring theme in our columns is how directors' and officers' fiduciary duties are examined as the corporation approaches financial distress. In fact, we have been following the case long enough that today we report again on a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit case styled , No. 13-2707 (3rd Cir. Jan. 26, 2015), that we wrote on more than three years ago.

Pa. Big-Firm Associate Salaries in Flux

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 14, 2015

The associate compensation landscape in Pennsylvania is slowly evolving and, in the wake of Dechert's local salary bump, could see more changes as a number of law firms say they are evaluating their compensation programs.

Georgetown Pairs Up With DLA Piper, Arent Fox to Open Low Bono Firm

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : April 12, 2015

Georgetown University Law Center is working with DLA Piper and Arent Fox to create a small nonprofit law firm in Washington, D.C., aimed at providing legal services at affordable rates to people with modest incomes who don't qualify for free legal aid because they're not poor enough.

Third Circuit Nixes Class in Price-Fixing Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 09, 2015

The credibility of expert testimony used to show class predominance must be taken into consideration when ruling on whether to certify a class, the Third Circuit has ruled.

Benicar MDL Centralized in NJ Federal Court

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : April 08, 2015

Suits claiming users experienced side effects while taking Benicar, the blood pressure drug made by Daiichi Sankyo and sold by Forest Laboratories, are being consolidated before a federal judge in Camden.

One Year in, Strine Is Still Strine

Lizzy McLellan : Delaware Law Weekly : April 08, 2015

When Leo E. Strine Jr. was sworn in as Delaware's chief justice just over a year ago, he took on a new title and a new court, but he has maintained his trademark demeanor and judicial style.

Dechert Raises Associate Pay in Phila., Princeton

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 07, 2015

Competition among law firms for market share is fierce, and so too, it seems, is the competition for associates. In the past two years, Pennsylvania law firms have been bumping up, sometimes quietly, associate salaries.

Xarelto Mass Tort Cases Rising Steadily in Phila.

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : April 07, 2015

Case filings are gradually increasing in the Xarelto blood-thinner litigation, the Philadelphia court system's newest mass tort.

Phila. Court Has Jurisdiction in Mesh Cases, Judge Rules

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : April 06, 2015

In response to a venue challenge, a Philadelphia judge has ruled the city's courts have jurisdiction over the defendants in the pelvic-mesh mass tort.

Drinker Biddle Revenue Down 1.8 Percent, PPP Up 2.1 Percent

Max mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : April 06, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath saw its gross revenue and net income dip slightly in 2014, but profits per equity partner (PPP) and revenue per lawyer (RPL) both saw slight upticks.

Fiduciary Duties of Bankrupt Nursing Home's Officers, Directors

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : April 03, 2015

A recurring theme in our columns is how directors' and officers' fiduciary duties are examined as the corporation approaches financial distress. In fact, we have been writing for The Legal long enough that today we report again on a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit case styled Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors on Behalf of the Estate of Lemington Home for the Aged v. Baldwin, No. 13-2707 (3rd Cir. Jan. 26, 2015), that we wrote on more than three years ago. In 2011, the Third Circuit reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granting summary judgment in favor of the defendants and remanded the matter for trial, which we wrote on at that time. Later, when the district court scheduled the case for trial, the defendants took action on mandamus to the court requesting that the trial schedule be relaxed. Finally, in a decision dated Jan. 26, the court considered an appeal from jury verdicts of liability and compensatory and punitive damage awards against the officers and directors of a nursing home facility that closed after filing for Chapter 11 back in 2005.

Cozen O'Connor Could Fill Market Void With Chicago Merger

Gina Passarella and Brian Baxter : The Legal Intelligencer : March 31, 2015

Cozen O'Connor leadership said as recently as last week that it was looking to grow in the Midwest this year, and, according to one media report, that may happen sooner rather than later if merger talks with Chicago's Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson result in a union.

Reducing Data Collection With Information Governance Tools

Jason R. Baron : Law Technology News : March 31, 2015

IG principles, rules and tools can minimize data collection and mitigate data breaches.

Raising Pa. Supreme Court Output Easier Said Than Done?

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : March 31, 2015

Despite the wide field of candidates running for the state Supreme Court, some common themes have emerged, including wanting the court to hear more cases and issue more opinions, a campaign promise observers said could be hard to deliver.

In-House Counsel Profile: California Public Employees' Retirement System's Matthew Jacobs

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : March 30, 2015

General counsel Matthew Jacobs oversees 32 attorneys split into three groups: the advice team, which handles tax matters and helps interpret pension law; the investments group; and the litigation group.

Firms Strive for Adaptability In Uncertain Litigation Market

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : March 27, 2015

Many New Jersey firms and branches say litigation practices are holding their own or becoming busier, but whether demand and revenue are up, down or neutral, market uncertainty has them aspiring to be as nimble as possible—particularly with staffing.

A Push by Some for Looser State Rules Over Referral Fees

Gina Passarella and P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : March 24, 2015

A media report earlier this month about law firm emails that purport to show former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, and not his wife, may have been the one to refer out certain cases while on the bench, has again raised questions about Pennsylvania's comparatively lax referral-fee rules.

Pa. Justices Deny McNeil's Appeal in $10M Motrin Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 20, 2015

The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal by the maker of Children's Motrin in a case that resulted in a $10 million verdict for a family of a 3-year-old severely injured after taking several doses of the medicine.

Pa. Superior Court Upholds $11M Topamax Verdict

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : March 17, 2015

The state Superior Court has upheld the largest verdict to come from the Topamax litigation against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Clinton E-Mail Controversy Is Seen as Teaching Moment for Nation

Ed Silverstein : Law Technology News : March 17, 2015

Sources have told Legaltech News that Clinton should not have done a search using key terms to find work-related e-mails.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ansell Healthcare Products LLC's William Reilly Jr.

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

"There are lots of alternative creative ways to bill, and the hourly fee is slowly but surely dying."

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Are Judicial Rules Strict Enough on Ex Parte Contact?

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : March 13, 2015

In the wake of the state's Judicial Conduct Board filing charges against three Philadelphia Municipal Court judges over their alleged roles in case-fixing, legal observers were divided on whether the problem of ex parte contact between judges was frequent enough to merit tougher ethics rules.