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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

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

Email Report Finds Justices, OAG Did Not Discuss Cases

P.J. D'Annunzio and Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 22, 2014

A review of roughly 4,000 emails sent between members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General has revealed that no improper communications between members of the two bodies took place, according to a report released by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts on Dec. 19.

Judge Dismisses NPE's Extortion Claims

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 18, 2014

Chinook Licensing had alleged that another nonpracticing entity, Iron Dome, was shaking it down by threatening to knock out its patents using inter partes review.

Firms, Clients Striving to Get Bills Paid by Year's End

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : December 17, 2014

It's that time of year, when businesses are looking to bolster their year-end numbers and tie up loose ends—and law firms are no different.

Two Seen as Possible Candidates to Replace Ridgely on High Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : December 17, 2014

Roughly one month after Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely announced his intent to retire in January, two names are being discussed among the state's legal community as possible replacements.

Collateral Order Appeals on the Rise in Pennsylvania

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : December 16, 2014

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court took a marked step away from narrowing the window for collateral order appeals, Pennsylvania has continued to clear a path for addressing the orders, appellate lawyers have noticed.

Landgraf Receives Burlington Bar Professionalism Award

: New Jersey Law Journal : December 15, 2014

Dilworth Paxson attorney James Landgraf has received the 2014 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for Burlington County.

Trolls Taste Own Medicine

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 12, 2014

Patent lawyers say successful NPEs are seeing demand letters that threaten to go after their patents if they don't pay up.

Dealmaker of the Week: Olivia Tyrrell of Baker & McKenzie

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : December 12, 2014

Olivia Tyrrell, a 38-year-old corporate partner with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, led a deal team from the firm composed almost entirely of women in advising pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. on its $9.5 billion buy of Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

Women Still Less Than One-Third Of Lawyers at Pa.'s Largest Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 11, 2014

In the last 10 years, there has been no movement in the percentage of women lawyers practicing in the Pennsylvania offices of the state's 100 largest law firms.

On the Move

: The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Two Kirkland & Ellis partners have departed, moving to Willkie Farr and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Chadbourne & Parke has added a former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay; and other moves.

Future Unclear for Investigation Over Supreme Ct. Emails

Lizzy McLellan and Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 09, 2014

Observers are unsure whether the Judicial Conduct Board plans to continue investigating a collection of emails between Supreme Court justices and the Attorney General's Office, but some say it should.

Guardianship Hearing Moved to Elderly Woman's Home

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : December 09, 2014

A Bronx Supreme Court justice abruptly terminated an in-court guardianship proceeding last month and reconvened it an hour later in the bedroom of a 93-year-old woman, whose assets her son and daughter were bitterly fighting to control.

Firms See Strong Revenue, PPP in 'Investment' Year

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 09, 2014

Several firm leaders referred to 2013 as a year of investment, and that characterization is borne out by the numbers, with gross revenue generally outpacing profits per equity partner (PPP) and the majority of firms seeing significant increases in head count.

Screenings: The Decade of Discovery

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : December 08, 2014

Joe Looby's film explores the roots of e-discovery.

Five Big Firms Are on 100 Best Places to Work List

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 08, 2014

Crains just came out with 100 best places to work in New York, and a bunch of big law firms actually made the list. But not one of them is a New York-born firm.

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : December 04, 2014

Evan R. Chesler, chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, was appointed chairman of The New York Public Library's board of trustees, among other recent appointments and honors.

With Vacancies Looming, High Court Increases Productivity

Lizzy McLellan and Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 02, 2014

The state Supreme Court, engulfed in turmoil much of the fall, has been cranking out decisions in recent weeks, and appellate attorneys have noticed. While they point to the planned retirement of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille as a driving force, some say the changed dynamic between justices may have played a role as well.

Trial Attorneys Install New Officers

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 26, 2014

On Oct. 9, Diana Manning was installed as the president of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ) at the 47th annual Trial Bar Awards Banquet held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J.

How to Not Drown in Data

Jason R. Baron : Law Technology News : November 25, 2014

10 predictions on how legal professionals, with evolving technology, will try to manage 2015's ocean of data.

Is Obamacare in Critical Condition?

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

Obamacare is on the docket again. On Nov. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review , No. 14-1158 (4th Cir. July 22, 2014), a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision upholding the legality of the payment of subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through federally established exchanges.

How to Define 'Interests of Justice'?

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to put muscle behind its standard for substituting counsel in capital cases. The request is on behalf of a Missouri death row inmate whose appointed lawyers' conduct, according to legal ethics experts from around the country, amounted to malpractice.

Court Reviews Claims Against Interested Directors of Insolvent Company

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : November 24, 2014

As we have reported previously, the trading of debt of distressed companies, often with the objective of gaining control through loan-to-own strategies, is big business. The post-Lehman era has generated significant court decisions involving situations where a change of control occurs of insolvent companies outside of bankruptcy by distressed debt and equity players who then control the board. In many cases, the question is not if the company will be liquidated or sold, but when and how, and how it will be managed in the meantime.

Tort Reform Group Holds Forum on CFA

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

On Oct. 2, the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute and the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) co-hosted a panel discussion on the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (CFA).

Federal Circuit Pick Already a Familiar Face to Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : November 14, 2014

Kara Stoll has a Big Law background, strong ties to policymakers, and a 'real world' view of patent litigation.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Cardozo Law's Tech Talk Draws Movie Star Judges

Sheetal Mhatre : Law Technology News : November 13, 2014

Judges Scheindlin and Francis, along with Jason Baron, discuss Joe Looby's The Decade of Discovery.

Top E-Discovery Issues: Search and Analytics

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : November 11, 2014

Bennett Borden and Philip Favro discuss hot e-discovery and info-gov issues.

Ballard Spahr Fills Chief Marketing Role With Wilmer Hire

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 11, 2014

Ballard Spahr's chief marketing position, which had been vacant for more than a year, has been filled by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Director of Business Development Timothy John H. Delaney.

Am Law Trio Guzzles $1.25 Billion Beverage Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 07, 2014

Drinker Biddle, Paul Weiss and Paul Hastings advised on Canadian beverage maker Cott Corp.'s acquisition of DSS Group Inc., the parent company of direct-to-consumer water and coffee services provider DS Services of America Inc.