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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

Corporate Practices Strong in Growth Year for Pa. Firms

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : November 24, 2015

It was a strong year for most large Pennsylvania firms, with revenue growth in 2014 nearly across the board and profits per equity partner showing positive change at most firms. The only declines in both revenue and PPP were modest.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : November 23, 2015

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Overcharged? Use Tech to Thwart Inaccurate Law Firm Billing

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : November 23, 2015

In-house counsel need a way to catch fraudulent—or at least not very transparent—billing practices on their own, and the answer may be in the data.

Casino Not Liable to Return Proceeds of Fraudulent Transfers

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : November 20, 2015

In most bankruptcy cases where the business is being sold or liquidated, the two primary sources of funds for distribution to creditors are sale proceeds and avoidance claim recoveries from preference and fraudulent transfer actions. Fraudulent transfer actions can be quite complex. Interesting issues arise when the defendant is not the initial recipient of the fraudulent transfer from the debtor, but rather a subsequent recipient of those funds. In many of these cases, the subsequent transferee never did any business with the debtor itself, actually extended value to the initial recipient of the fraudulent transfer, and found itself embroiled in litigation with the bankruptcy trustee of the debtor's estate. Such a situation was recently reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Brandt v. Horseshoe Hammond LLC, Case No. 14-2174 (7th Cir. Oct. 13, 2015). In this case, the court reviewed whether a bankruptcy trustee could recover over $8 million from a casino where the debtor's principal gambled regularly for years with funds fraudulently transferred to him and his wife from the debtor. While the court ultimately affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the casino, this case illustrates the dangers of unknowingly dealing with recipients of fraudulent transfers.

Litigants May Test High Court After Turnover

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : November 17, 2015

Litigants are likely to push for the rehearing of certain hot-button issues by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as those decided by a deeply divided bench during its five-justice year, once a fully constituted, seven-member court is in place next year, appellate attorneys said.

How Arnold & Porter Walled Off a New Hire From the Redskins Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2015

Court papers filed this week by Arnold & Porter offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the firm screened off a recent hire from the Washington Redskins trademark dispute. The new attorney clerked for the federal trial judge who oversaw the case and whose ruling is now on appeal.

Defense Argues to Exclude Finance Evidence in Tylenol MDL

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

Attorneys for the plaintiff and drugmaker McNeil Consumer Healthcare went back and forth Tuesday in federal court over motions to exclude pieces of evidence—some related to profit margins and lobbying—in the first bellwether trial in the Philadelphia-based Tylenol multidistrict litigation.

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 15, 2015

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Microsoft Unveils Data Localized Cloud Service for Germany

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : November 13, 2015

Microsoft hopes to assuage fears about government snooping on cloud platforms.

Balance in All Things: The Path to Preservation Excellence

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : November 05, 2015

the People, Process and Technology Behind Better Preservation.

Seeking to Salvage Trademark, Redskins' Lawyers Get Dirty

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 03, 2015

The term “donkey balls” isn't one that most lawyers would dare put into a federal appeals court brief. But Arnold & Porter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan recently got borderline scatological in their representation of the Washington Redskins in a trademark battle.

EU Privacy Update: 5 Stories That Will Impact U.S. Organizations with European Ties

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : October 26, 2015

The year 2015 was an active year in the evolution of EU privacy law, and could set the stage for further issues down the line.

Diverse Attorneys of the Year: The Attorneys

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 26, 2015

Pa. Code May Block Kane From Continuing as AG

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : October 22, 2015

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has said she plans to stay at the head of the office, despite the suspension of her law license, but ethics attorneys say Pennsylvania law does not allow her to do so.

Law Firms Figuring Out Best Ways to Collect From Clients

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 21, 2015

It's the fourth quarter, which in the legal industry means collections season. And while law firm leaders have said they have focused on improving their collections cycle, most still said to call back come Jan. 1 for any clear picture of the year's finances.

People in the News - Oct. 21, 2015 - Obermayer Adds Ringel

: The Legal Intelligencer : October 21, 2015

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel added Michelle Ringel to the firm's family law practice group.

EU Privacy Group Sets Three Month Grace Period for U.S. Data Transfer Guidelines

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : October 19, 2015

U.S. and EU officials will need to agree to guidelines by January 2016, or U.S. organizations will need to find alternative legal means to transfer data out of the EU.

New Associates List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 16, 2015

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : October 13, 2015

Nine firms announce new additions, including Morvillo Abramowitz, Willkie Farr, and WilmerHale.

kCura Unveils Relativity 9.3 With Reimagined Interface for Search, Data Visualization

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : October 12, 2015

The new software version, released at Relativity Fest, looks to 'make it simple.'

Arent Fox Adds Tech Transactions Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 04, 2015

Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bankruptcy Plans Go Up in Smoke: Marijuana Grower Denied Relief

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : October 02, 2015

The ability to obtain a discharge of a person's debts in bankruptcy—either through a reorganization of his or her affairs or liquidation proceeding administered by a court-appointed trustee—is a fundamental benefit of filing for bankruptcy. When a debtor's prepetition actions involve fraud, concealment, or other examples of a lack of good faith, bankruptcy courts dismiss such "bad faith" filings, thereby denying debtors the protections and benefits of the federal bankruptcy law. Usually bad faith involves fraud, concealment, or other types of white-collar criminal activity. Debts arising from other types of tortious conduct are also excepted from being discharged.

Children's Motrin Cases Garner Disparate Results in Courts

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : October 01, 2015

A federal jury Tuesday in a Children's Motrin case returned a verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, sued by the parents of a child who they claim was blinded from taking the drug at age 3.

With Suits Climbing, First Benicar Trials Set for Late 2016

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : October 01, 2015

With suits by users of Daiichi Sankyo's hypertension drug Benicar numbering more than 1,100, the judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation is seeking to meet a late 2016 target date for the first trial.

12 Lessons from InfoGovCon Day One

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : September 30, 2015

The conference assembled experts to address the issues facing all stakeholders in the information governance industry.

Third Circuit Upholds Arbitration Ruling for Goldman Sachs

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : September 30, 2015

An investment dispute arbitration ruling in favor of Goldman Sachs has been reinstated by a federal appeals court after being vacated because an arbitrator did not disclose his full disciplinary history to the parties.

Courtenay Dunn

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 29, 2015

J&J Prevails in Children's Motrin Case

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : September 29, 2015

A federal jury today in a Children's Motrin case returned a verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

Fee Sanctions Must Be Filed Soon After Final Order

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : September 29, 2015

A petition for sanctions seeking counsel fees must be filed within 30 days of a trial court's final order in the case, even if the case is on appeal, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Summer Associates Give Pa. Firms High Marks for Places to Work

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 28, 2015

Pennsylvania law firms were split down the middle when it came to how well received their summer associate programs were this year as compared to last year.