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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 572
  • Gross Revenues: $392,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $685,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $715,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Drinker Biddle & Reath is a Philadelphia-based law firm; it merged with Connelly Sheehan Harris on February 1, 2008. The firm placed 64th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, with 602 attorneys working out of 12 offices in the United States. Drinker Biddle & Reath ranked 73rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 with $376,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm entered the Am Law 100 for the first time in 2003. The firm previously appeared in the "second one hundred" Am Law survey, ranking 113th in 2002. The firm ranked 91st on the 2011 Global 100 survey of law firms worldwide. Drinker Biddle & Reath officially merged with Gardner Carton & Douglas on January 3, 2007, strengthening its presence in the Midwest. The firm's practice is organized into three major areas: business and finance, personal and fiduciary law, and litigation. Other practices include communications law, corporate and securities, intellectual property, real estate, and bankruptcy. Among Drinker Biddle's locations are New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 74 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 74 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 70 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 112 2 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 158 -8 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 115 -28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 24 3 Summer programs

In the News

Critics Alarmed Over Pa. Legal Fees Paid to Firms

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

One example: DLA Piper collected $3 million for lottery privatization plan that never took effect.

People in the News - April 1, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 01, 2014

Melanie A. Leney of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads' Cherry Hill, N.J., office was elected to the board of trustees of the Alice Paul Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote gender equality.

The Legal's Women of the Year

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

The Legal's editorial staff recently set out to select our Women of the Year, in which we highlight the achievements of top women lawyers across the state. Our staff examined our archives and asked for insight from respected legal professionals in coming up with our list of honorees. The scope of our search was broad, looking at women working at law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies and anywhere else that lawyers are able to make an impact.

Morgan Stanley Exec Takes Top Job at Litigation Funding Upstart

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2014

William Strong, co-CEO of Morgan Stanley's Asia-Pacific operations and a member of the bank's global management committee, will take the helm at Longford Capital on May 1.

People in the News - March 26, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2014

Drinker Biddle & Reath elected a new partner and new counsel in the Philadelphia office.

Where Things Stand With Regulating 'Dark Money'

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The Congressional midterm election cycle is in full swing, as is the handwringing about the influence of "dark money" from tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations that are not required to identify their donors, and that spend hundreds of millions of dollars to impact the outcome of elections.

People in the News - March 25, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

Cheryl A. Garber joined Curtin & Heefner as a partner in the commercial services and litigation departments.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Extracurricular activities.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The 's 15th annual profile of new partners at New Jersey firms.

Birdsall Bankruptcy Settlement Would Let Employees' Lawyers Retain Fees

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A proposed settlement in the Birdsall Services Group bankruptcy would allow 13 law firms to keep more than half a million dollars in fees incurred by officers and employees who were under investigation in the pay-to-play scandal that brought down the company.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

Law Firm Report: UConn Failed To Act On Accusations Against Professor

Associated Press : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 26, 2014

University of Connecticut officials knew of sexual abuse allegations against a music professor a decade before taking action, putting students at the school and the community at risk, according to independent investigative report released Wednesday.

Pelvic Mesh Cases Expanding Into Latest Mass Tort

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The increasing volume of pelvic mesh product-liability actions has prompted Philadelphia court officials to create a new mass tort program to coordinate those cases.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

People in the News - February 21, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Anastasia Joseck joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young as manager of recruitment in the firm's human resources department.

Robinson & Cole Hires Nine Associates In Multiple Practice Areas

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2014

Robinson & Cole has joined a handful of other law firms that have made significant hiring moves at the start of 2014, with the addition of six new lawyers in Hartford and Stamford.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

Using Analytics to Add Value to Your Legal Practice

Jason R. Baron : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

In the past year we have seen more than a fair amount of discussion in e-discovery conferences and the surrounding blogosphere about the subject of predictive coding, also known as technology-assisted or computer-assisted review. In the wake of the landmark decision in, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y.), and subsequent precedent, predictive coding is being considered by a growing portion of the legal community as a reasonable, more efficient alternative in appropriate cases to linear, manual review, or sole reliance on keyword searches.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Shipman & Goodwin Adds Eight Lawyers From Philadelphia Firm

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 13, 2014

Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin has added eight attorneys to its Washington, D.C., office. All are from the Philadelphia firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath and all handle complex insurance matters. Shipman is Connecticut's third biggest law firm, with about 160 attorneys and 2012 gross annual revenues estimated at $70 million.

Insurance Team Joins Shipman & Goodwin from Drinker Biddle

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

Eight insurance lawyers joined the Washington office of Shipman & Goodwin this month from Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Baker & Hostetler Create InfoGov Practice

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

Partner Judy Selby and counsel James Sherer will lead a new information governance cross-practice group at Baker & Hostetler.

Del. Court Caps Secured Creditor's Right to Credit Bid

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

As reported previously, the majority of Chapter 11 cases filed today do not result in a reorganization of the debtor but rather a sale of the business. For this reason, the rights of a secured creditor to "credit bid" at the sale up to the amount of the debt—which usually far exceeds the value of the assets—presents a critical gating issue.

Father's Evidence Sufficient To Rebut Presumption Stock Transfer Was Gift

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Bhagat v. Bhagat

Insurance Law: Companies Must Take Measures To Protect Personal Information

MATT LEWIS : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 06, 2014

The personal lines insurance industry is just breaking into the world of mobile device applications, or "apps." From auto insurers offering digital proof of coverage to life insurers giving policy quotes directly to shoppers, insurance apps offer carriers a new platform to attract, interact with and retain policyholders.

The New Frontier: Predictive Coding for InfoGov

Katherine Montgomery : Law Technology News : January 06, 2014

LegalTech New York panel argues that predictive coding can also assist information governance.

Top International Estate Planning Issues for Advisers

Paula M. Jones : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Clients with international interests are no longer just the super-wealthy. As our global environment expands, more and more middle-class Americans are venturing outside U.S. borders in many ways—travel, trade, investment and emigration. U.S. corporations are sending workers overseas and foreign corporations are sending workers to the United States for extended periods of time.

Activists Launch Information Governance Initiative

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

Barclay Blair and Bennet Borden launch a vendor-neutral consortium to advance information governance practices.

A Tight Focus on a Broad Array of Clients

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Browne George Ross has not wavered from its intense focus on business litigation since its founding in 1985 — whether the case is about movies, casinos or condoms.

Happy New Year

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Who needs January? For our community, the new year really starts in February—and Opening Day is in New York City. No, not at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, but in Manhattan at the New York Hilton, Midtown, where LegalTech 2014 opens on Feb. 4. As always, it's an almost overwhelming mix of education, networking, and demos, demos and more demos. Complementing LTNY is our 10th annual Law Firm Chief Information & Technology Officers Forum.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Extracurricular Activities.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.

Legal Tech Product News Brief

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

Legal tech industry news the week of Jan. 27.

Privacy Obligations for Insurance Company Mobile Apps

Matt Lewis : The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

The personal lines insurance industry is just breaking into the world of mobile device applications, or "apps." From auto insurers offering digital proof of coverage to life insurers giving policy quotes directly to shoppers, insurance apps offer carriers a new platform to attract, interact with and retain policyholders.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Orrin Harrison III joins Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank as partner in the Dallas office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Extracurricular activities.

Pa. Voter ID Appeal Decision Rests With Corbett, Kane Says

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

The Commonwealth Court decision to strike down Pennsylvania's law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls makes the law significantly harder to defend on appeal, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office said Tuesday.

Some Solos Find They Need Big-Firm Life

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

While there has recently been a trend of lawyers leaving the midsized- and large-firm setting to start their own practices with alternative business models, not everyone finds being out on their own to be the answer for their practice.

Risperdal Suit Filings Increase in Phila. Court

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

Individual suit filings related to the antipsychotic drug Risperdal have been increasing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District leaders say.

The Perilous Legal Landscape of 'Bridgegate'

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

Two weeks ago, "Bridgegate," the scandal surrounding allegedly politically motivated lane closures last September at the Fort Lee, N.J., approach to the George Washington Bridge, was primarily a local political tempest whose headlines were believed to have come and gone. To be sure, the New Jersey Assembly transportation committee was conducting an investigation of the extremely disruptive lane closures, and the Port Authority's Office of Inspector General was looking into it as well.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

More Women Partners at Pa. Firms, but Overall Ranks Stagnant

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Even as the percentage of women partners has increased over the last decade, female lawyers continue to make up less than one-third of the attorney population at Pennsylvania's 100 largest law firms, according to data tracked by Legal sibling publication PaLaw magazine.

Firms Begin to Eye Pricing Analysis

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

After a few years of collecting financial data and applying project management techniques to the legal process, law firms are beginning to dedicate resources to pricing analysis.

Corporate Lawyer Creates Big 'Benefit'

Jason McLure : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Control of Company Can Result in WARN Act Liability

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

Governance structures utilized by private equity funds continue to be examined by the courts when the investment fails and the acquired company files for bankruptcy.

Federal Circuit Girds for Reform, Scrutiny and Rush of Appeals in 2014

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Ex-Associate's Suit Can Proceed Against Flaster Greenberg

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

A federal judge has allowed a former Flaster Greenberg associate to continue with her claims for breach of implied contract and promissory estoppel/detrimental reliance against the firm, but dismissed her claim for negligent misrepresentation.

Watch List

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Key e-discovery leaders are jumping ship and taking new jobs with broader agendas.

Special Master Probing Delays in Health Net Class Settlement Payout

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2013

Administration of a $215 million class action settlement with a health insurer is under a microscope as a special master investigates delays in payments to class members.

Suspension Urged for Attorney Who Padded Bills With Bogus Depositions

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2013

New Jersey disciplinary authorities are recommending a three-month suspension for Neil Day, a former Coughlin Duffy partner who admitted he padded his time sheets with time entries for depositions that never occurred.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Extracurricular activities.

Tech Circuit: Soundtrack Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 10, 2013

After planes, trains, buses, bicycles, subways and roller skates, we catch up with recent moves.

Phila. Jury Awards Parents in Topamax Birth Defect Case

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2013

An $11 million verdict has been awarded to the parents of a child born with congenital defects due to an anticonvulsant drug his mother took during pregnancy.

DePuy Hip Implant Deal Excludes Thousands

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Just weeks after DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced a $2.5 billion settlement to resolve the bulk of the litigation over its recalled hip implants, some lawyers have raised concerns about the thousands of patients excluded from the deal and the process that determines how the plaintiffs will be compensated.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

People in the News - December 6, 2013

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute is set to host a webinar "The FCC Cracks Down on Telemarketing Again" from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 10.

Bank Settles Shareholder Claim for $5 Mil.

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

A northeastern Pennsylvania regional bank, which was accused of providing dubious loans to board members—among them Michael T. Conahan, the former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas president judge who is now incarcerated after his conviction on charges stemming from the "kids for cash" scandal—has agreed to settle a shareholder derivative claim for $5 million.

Vedder Price Adds Bankruptcy Partner in SF

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 05, 2013

Law Firms Taking Baby Steps Toward Outsourcing of Nonlegal Services

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

Amid the motions deadlines, depositions and client meetings, law firms still have to get the documents processed, food served, bills collected and technology running—or do they?

Saving Space: Law Firms Look to Minimize, Restructure Real Estate

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

The recession combined with the growing use of technology has left large law firms with fewer associates, and even fewer legal secretaries.

Pennsylvania Firms Not Looking To Move Back-Office Locations

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

From Wheeling to Lexington and Dayton to Tallahassee, U.S. law firms have increasingly looked to move back-office operations to less expensive geographic markets in an effort to save on rent and employee compensation.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2013

Baker & McKenzie, Drinker Biddle, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden and Womble Carlyle led the way as several large firms landed lead roles advising buyout shops BC Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Permira and Thoma Bravo on nearly $3.9 billion in transactional work around the Thanksgiving holiday.

$11 Mil. Verdict Awarded in Topamax Birth Defect Case

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2013

An $11 million verdict has been awarded to the parents of a child born with congenital defects due to an anticonvulsant drug his mother took during pregnancy.

INADMISSIBLE: Ten Months Later—No PTO Chief In Sight

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

It's hard to find a hotter topic than patent reform right now on Capitol Hill. It's even harder to find what the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has to say about it. Plus more in this week's column.

Vegas, Baby!

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

Information governance and records management are flirting with electronic data discovery. Expect fireworks.

Strong Fourth Quarter Buoyed Firm Finances in 2012

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

When it came through 2012's financial performance, Pennsylvania's largest law firms saw everything from small to double-digit rises in most of the key metrics.

People in the News - November 25, 2013

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2013

Drinker Biddle & Reath's Philadelphia office is set to host a CLE event, "Cybersecurity and Litigation Risk," from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 5.

Patent Office Missing in Reform Debate

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

One key voice is missing from the debate on Capitol Hill on major reforms to the patent system—the head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That’s because there hasn’t been a director for more than 10 months—and patent attorneys are highlighting the void.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Georgetown 2013: Building a Better Info Governance Practice

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 22, 2013

The inaugural information governance track at the Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute examined ways to create a strong IG practice in the era of Big Data.

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

A Ten-Year Look at Who Gets the Most Work

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Right to Recoup Medicare Overpayments Doesn't Create Claim

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2013

The amount of attention devoted to the health care system seems to be increasing every day as affordable care legislation implementation and its attendant costs continue to attract attention both in Washington and on Main Street.

N.J. High Court Probes Limits of Privilege Under Patient Safety Act

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2013

The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering how far the 2004 Patient Safety Act—passed after nurse Charles Cullen's multiple murders at area hospitals—can go in keeping documents in internal investigations confidential.

Opposing Counsel as a Potential Source of New Business

Lindsay Orr Clizbe : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2013

As young lawyers, we all have heard the advice that we need to get our name out there as a strategy for developing business. The more people who know our name, the more people who may one day refer business to us.

How Pa.'s Investment Management Practice Shrank

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2013

Six years after bringing an investment management practice to Philadelphia-based Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, partner Laura Anne Corsell and of counsel Don E. Felice have left to join Newark-based McCarter & English's Philadelphia office.

Tech Circuit: Vegas, Baby! Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2013

ARMA International's Conference and Expo 2013 makes it clear that e-discovery is child's play compared to information governance and management.

ILTA's Panels at the ARMA Conference Focus on Privacy, Security, Information Governance and the Future

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 25, 2013

ILTA's panels at ARMA conference focus on privacy, security, information governance and the future. Beginning on Monday, IT professionals, lawyers, product vendors and journalists will gather in Las Vegas.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge both lose partners ahead of a merger vote that would unite the two firms; Hogan Lovells hires three corporate partners from Kaye Scholer; and Troutman Sanders adds three lawyers to three different offices. .