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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 544
  • Gross Revenues: $409,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $755,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $800,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 6

Drinker Biddle & Reath is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Drinker Biddle & Reath has 544 attorneys and is the 77th largest firm in the United States.  With $409,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 75th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 75 6 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 75 6 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 76 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 105 2 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 162 7 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 115 -28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 24 3 Summer programs

In the News

Dentons' Africa Head Leaves Global Giant for Boutique

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 23, 2016

Thomas Laryea, co-chair of Dentons' global government sector and former head of the firm's Africa initiative, has joined a new shop specializing in the diverse legal needs of African governments and diaspora from the continent.

Microsoft Ordered to Pay $10M Under 2011 Licensing Deal

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : June 20, 2016

A Delaware federal judge has ruled that Microsoft must pay a Nevada patent company $10 million under a licensing agreement the two companies negotiated to resolve claims that Microsoft had infringed on its patents.

Lawyers Spar Over What Janssen, Docs Knew About Risperdal

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : June 20, 2016

Opening arguments were held Monday in the fifth case from the Risperdal mass tort to go to trial. There are nearly 1,750 Risperdal cases pending in Philadelphia with plaintiffs from across the country.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 20, 2016

The following attorneys were selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. Read More

For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 16, 2016

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

Litigators of the Week: David Dahlquist of Winston & Strawn and J. Robert Robertson of Hogan Lovells

Amanda Bronstad : The Litigation Daily : June 16, 2016

David Dahlquist and J. Robert Robertson handed the Federal Trade Commission a rare loss in a hospital merger case.

After Dechert's Pay Hike, Pa. Firms Watch and Wait, for Now

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2016

Dechert has raised its associate salaries across the country, starting at $180,000 for first-year associates.According to a memo obtained by The Legal, the new salary scale will be effective July 1. It includes salary increases for each class of associates, up to $315,000 for eighth-year associates and above.

List of Winners 2016

The Legal Intelligencer : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2016

Here are the 2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track.

The FTC Loses Another Bid to Block a Hospital Merger

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : June 14, 2016

A Chicago federal district judge on Tuesday shot down the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to block a merger of two hospitals in Chicago's north suburbs that could create a $7 billion health system. A federal judge in Pennsylvania last month denied the agency's attempt to enjoin a merger there. That case is on appeal in the Third Circuit.

Wilmer Hires Diversity Director From Homeland Security Dept.

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 09, 2016

The former executive director of diversity for the U.D. Department of Homeland Security has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as the firm's new director of diversity.

Insurance, Confidential Drug Info Mulled in Tylenol MDL

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : June 07, 2016

Lawyers for the estate of a woman who died of liver failure can tell jurors that Johnson & Johnson was developing a safer product, a Pennsylvania judge ruled on June 3.

Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost

MP McQueen and Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2016

At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.

Phila. Bar 5K Event Returns to Raise Money for Children

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : June 03, 2016

The 37th annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run/Walk took place May 15 with 1,300 participants either running or walking the 5K course. The race annually benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates' efforts to combat child abuse and to defend its ­unfortunate victims in Philadelphia.

Rise in Customized Goods Raises IP Concerns

Jennifer Williams-Alvarez : Corporate Counsel : June 02, 2016

It's a savvy idea: personalize the buying experience by letting customers join in the design process. But the trend raises questions about intellectual property rights, attorneys say.

'When in Doubt, Appeal' in Consolidated Cases

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : May 31, 2016

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ­ruling last week in Malanchuk v. Tsimura did not change the law in Pennsylvania, ­attorneys said, but it eliminated confusion that had built up in the intermediate appellate courts of when parties can ­appeal in consolidated actions.

Pa. Firms See Big Boost in Minority Partner Numbers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 31, 2016

It would take a long trip down Legal ­affiliate The American Lawyer's diversity rankings to find a Pennsylvania-based law firm, but of the 16 firms in the state that were ranked based on percentages of minority attorneys, many saw notable improvements while a handful slid further down the ranks.

Am Law 100 Firms' Delaware Presence Stresses State's Strategic Importance

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : May 27, 2016

Of the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms, 21 operate offices in Wilmington, highlighting both the prominence of Delaware's legal market and the influence national firms have been able to exert in the First State.

Revenue Climbs for Most Top 20 Firms

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : May 27, 2016

The middle ain't a bad place to be—a saying that perhaps has yet to be coined, but certainly applies to New Jersey firms and branches that find themselves in the middle ranks of the Law Journal's annual survey of top-grossing firms.

Class Action Over Sunoco Rewards Card to Move Forward

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : May 25, 2016

A federal judge has rejected Sunoco's bid to arbitrate a proposed class action over alleged false advertising of its fuel rewards card benefits.

Fenwick Chair on Firm's New York Expansion

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 25, 2016

Richard Dickson explains why Fenwick's brand works in New York—and why it waited so long to make its play.

Info Gov Lessons Learned from the Clinton Email Controversy

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : May 25, 2016

Email audit reinforces prior warnings for business and government agencies on the importance of information governance practices.

Fenwick & West Heads to NYC, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 25, 2016

Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fenwick Opening New York Office to Tap Tech Transactions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 24, 2016

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West, in a growth spurt amid rising revenue from tech transactions, will open a six-partner New York office next month, the firm has announced.

BAR-ometer: NDCAL's IP Exodus

: The Recorder : May 20, 2016

Senior Judge Ronald Whyte announced his retirement this past week. Meanwhile, both sides of the class action bar try to spin a win from Supreme Court 'Spokeo' decision.

Associates May Have Closer Eye on How They Are Billed Out

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 20, 2016

Hourly rates can be a moving target as clients negotiate down firms' published rates, but in a low-demand era where lawyers need every dollar they can bring in, it seems associates are the ones troubled lately with how rates are set.

Is There Too Much Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology?

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : May 20, 2016

“Not having a blockchain strategy in 2016 is like not having an internet strategy in 1996,” saids attorney Marco A. Santori.

Fenwick & West Taps East Coast Partner

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 19, 2016

Fenwick & West, a growing California firm, has tapped corporate attorney Ian Goldstein, formerly a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath in its New Jersey office. Two sources, including one at Fenwick and a former partner at Drinker Biddle, said Goldstein would work for Fenwick as a partner in a New York office.

Non-Client Can Pursue Action Against Law Firm, Panel Rules

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : May 16, 2016

A Manhattan appeals panel has revived a negligent misrepresentation claim against a lawyer who made written assurances to a hedge fund investor, even though the investor was not a client.

U.S. Rep. Fattah Looks to Distance Himself From Washington Politics

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 16, 2016

Both sides in the corruption trial of U.S Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, and his alleged co-conspirators agreed the case was about "theft, fraud and corruption," but the parties diverged when it came to just who was involved in the scheme.

Witness' Mental Health Records Off Limits in Fattah Trial

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : May 12, 2016

In the lead-up to the racketeering and ­corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, a federal judge has barred defense attorneys from cross-examining a key prosecution witness about their bipolar disorder.