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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 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 75 6 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 75 6 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

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Litigation, Real Estate Work Pays Off in Pennsylvania

Gina Passarella and Lizzy McLellan : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Expecting a tough year, many of the state's biggest firms were pleasantly surprised.

Firms With NJ Branches Perform (Mostly) Well in Am Law 100

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : April 25, 2016

As in years past, there are no New Jersey homegrown firms among the 100 highest-grossing in the U.S. But of list, released April 25 by Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer, includes numerous firms with significant number of "boots on the ground" in the state.

Pa. Firms Make Waves in Am Law 100 Rankings

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 22, 2016

Amid the slowest rate of revenue growth the Am Law 100 has seen in two decades save the Great Recession, Pennsylvania firms made strong gains in core financial metrics and great waves on this year's Am Law 100 rankings by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Plaintiff in Bellwether Tylenol Case Racks Up Evidentiary Wins

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 19, 2016

A federal judge overseeing the Tylenol multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania has awarded the plaintiff a number of ­evidentiary wins leading up to the first ­bellwether trial in September.

Fisher & Phillips Hires New COO

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 18, 2016

Fisher & Phillips has hired a new COO, Steve Mauro, from Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. Mauro succeeds Mark Noonan, who has retired.

After Critical Working Party Opinion, What's Next for Privacy Shield?

Ricci Dipshan : Legaltech News : April 15, 2016

While most agree that the Working Party's Opinion will cause delay in the approval and implementation of Privacy Shield, the effects of such a delay are far from certain.

Trial Date for Philadelphia-Based Tylenol MDL Pushed Back

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : April 14, 2016

The bellwether trial in the Philadelphia-based Tylenol multidistrict litigation has been scheduled four months later than the initial May trial date to allow for the resolution of similar litigation in New Jersey.

Judge Rejects J&J's Bid to Re-Depose Risperdal Expert

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : April 13, 2016

As the next wave of Risperdal-related cases come up for trial, a Philadelphia judge has ruled that Janssen Pharmaceuticals will not be able to re-depose a key witness in the mass tort regarding a hotly contested reanalysis of data purportedly linking the drug to the development of excess breast tissue in males.

Battle Opens Between FTC and Chicago Hospitals Over Proposed Merger

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : April 11, 2016

Lawyers fighting over a hospital megamerger in Chicago went to battle in federal court Monday at a hearing that will likely determine the fate of the proposed $7 billion health care system.

Benicar MDL Defendants Can Hire Plaintiffs' Doctors as Experts

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : April 08, 2016

Drugmaker Daiichi-Sankyo has been granted permission in the multidistrict litigation over blood pressure drug Benicar to hire plaintiffs' prescribing physicians as experts or consultants for the defense. But a federal judge in New Jersey drew the line at the company's proposal to set restrictions on prescribing doctors' ex parte communications with plaintiffs and their attorneys.

Obama Returns to Chicago Law School, Warning of SCOTUS Crisis

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : April 07, 2016

President Barack Obama, speaking at the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday, said that Senate Republicans' refusal to consider Merrick Garland's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could create a “disaster” for the court.

IBM Patent Infringement Suit Against Priceline Survives

P.J. D'Annunzio : Delaware Law Weekly : April 06, 2016

A federal judge has denied several travel and reservation websites' objections to a report and recommendation that International Business Machines' patent infringement lawsuit against them should proceed.

FTC and Chicago Hospitals Armed for Merger Battle Monday

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : April 05, 2016

A group of Federal Trade Commission attorneys will be in Chicago federal court on Monday to begin a closely watched trial seeking to block the merger of two hospital systems that would create a $6.5 billion health care giant.

IBM Infringement Suit Against Priceline Survives

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : April 01, 2016

A federal judge has denied several travel and reservation websites' objections to a report and recommendation that International Business Machines' patent infringement lawsuit against them should proceed.

The Am Law 100: Patterson Belknap Holds Profits Steady

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2016

The New York firm saw light declines in revenue and lawyer head count in 2015.

'Established' Delaware Firms Hold Steady Amid Out-of-State Interest

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : March 29, 2016

Wilmington firms are seeing little fluctuation in size and work, even as some out-of-town firms have stepped up their presence there, with an eye toward the Court of Chancery and an increasing focus on intellectual property.

Startup Fever

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

A selection of nonlegal businesses at leading U.S. and U.K. law firms

Wiley Rein's FDA Head Joins DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 28, 2016

Wiley Rein's food and drug leader decamps for DLA Piper; Mayer Brown recruits a key Verizon in-house lawyer; Skadden hires from a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mass Tort Status Rejected in 'Low T' Drug Cases

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : March 23, 2016

Both sides of the "low T" drug litigation in Philadelphia may have wanted the pending state court cases consolidated into a mass tort program, but their requests have been rejected by the judge overseeing the litigation.

Benicar MDL Lawyers Battle Over Restrictions on Witness Coaching

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : March 22, 2016

Lawyers in multidistrict litigation over alleged gastrointestinal side effects of blood pressure drug Benicar are at odds over a defense motion to preclude so-called "woodshedding" of plaintiffs' treating physicians.

New Partners

: The Legal Intelligencer : March 22, 2016

Duane Morris Revenue Up 1.5 Percent, PPP Flat

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : March 19, 2016

In a year when contingency fees did not weigh in its favor, Duane Morris was able to pull through with a slight increase in annual revenue and no change in profits per equity partner.

Cozen O'Connor Grows Revenue 9 Percent, PPP 0.7 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 17, 2016

Cozen O'Connor saw a 9 percent bump in gross revenue in 2015, bolstered by the midyear addition of Chicago litigation boutique Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson and an overall rise in demand, firm leadership said.

Transit Hubs, Warehousing Needs Drive NJ Real Estate Uptick

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : March 17, 2016

Years into the real estate market recovery, practice leaders at New Jersey firms and offices say they're particularly busy of late, thanks to changing housing needs and other factors.

Parties in 'Low T' Cases Seek Mass Tort Consolidation

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : March 16, 2016

The plaintiffs and defendants in the ­ongoing litigation over testosterone replacement therapy drugs have joined forces in seeking to have the pending state court cases consolidated into a mass tort.

Pennsylvania Firms Surpassing Expectations for Revenue, Profit

Gina Passarella 
and Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : March 11, 2016

Demand for legal services has ­remained tight in the past few years and consultants predicted law firms would see an average of less than 5 percent growth in revenue for 2015. But many firms have far outpaced that figure, including a number of Pennsylvania firms that had record years last year.

New Partners Yearbook 2016

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 11, 2016

The Law Journal's annual yearbook on new partners, including lateral hires, in New Jersey.

Judiciary Seeks to Close Diagnostic Dye, Bone Density Drug Mass Torts

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : March 10, 2016

The state judiciary is aiming to close the book on two mass tort matters centralized in Middlesex County in 2008 after the judge there said active matters no longer are pending.