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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

The Morning Wrap

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : March 03, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Hillary Clinton's e-mail use under fire, a judge blocked Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban and no audio for this week's Obamacare arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Plaintiff Awarded in First Philadelphia Risperdal Trial

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : March 03, 2015

A Philadelphia jury awarded $2.5 million to the plaintiff in the first of roughly 1,250 Risperdal mass-tort cases in the city's courts.

Justices: Paperless Voting Machines Satisfy Election Code

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : March 03, 2015

Direct-recording electronic voting systems that do not produce a contemporaneous paper record of each vote cast comply with state requirements and do not violate citizens' right to vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

First Ladies Facing Ethics Complaints

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : March 03, 2015

If you think the ethics laws applicable to some state governors might be vague or overly forgiving, try applying them to first ladies.

Clinton's Use of Personal Email Not Illegal—Technically

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : March 03, 2015

Hillary Clinton is facing a barrage of criticism for using her personal email account while serving as secretary of state, but lawyers say it's unlikely she did anything illegal—at least not technically.

For Companies, Cybersecurity Is a Cost-Benefit Analysis

David Gialanella and Gina Passarella : New Jersey Law Journal : February 26, 2015

As companies come to terms with cybersecurity risks, they're faced with questions of how to address them—and how much it's all going to cost.

Federal Court OKs Pre-Bankruptcy Tender Offer, Settlement

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 25, 2015

A federal judge has upheld a pre-bankruptcy settlement involving $4 billion in first lien notes, rejecting the trustee's arguments that the settlement treated those within the same creditor class differently and that tender offers should not be used in the bankruptcy context.

Fraudulent Transfer Claims and Unreasonably Small Capital

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

Long after the bankruptcy is filed and the debtor's business is sold or reorganized, stakeholders investigate the causes of the failure and whether transactions that caused the bankruptcy or took place after the company was insolvent should be avoided for the benefit of the estate and creditors.

Announcing the Law Journal's First Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

: New Jersey Law Journal : February 18, 2015

Our focus in selecting this group of noteworthy individuals was to represent the figures who have helped to shape the law in New Jersey, whether through their work on the bench, assisting those in need of legal services, building a firm or any other means.

The Cost of Cybersecurity: Risks and Responses on the Rise

Gina Passarella and David Gialanella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 17, 2015

Editor's note: This is the third installment of a series on cybersecurity published in conjunction with Legal affiliate New Jersey Law Journal.

In-House Counsel Profile: Kaplan Inc.'s Janice Levy Block

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

"Any time you have the opportunity to work with and get to know your regulators, it's good for all of us."


: The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Holland & Knight Heads to Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 10, 2015

Fresh off successful financial years in 2014, Holland & Knight opens a Denver office with six lawyers from Lathrop & Gage; Akin plucks a practice leader from Paul Hastings; Covington & Burling adds a former federal prosecutor; a handful of departures from Dickstein Shapiro; Kirkland & Ellis grows in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : February 09, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Firm Employee's Leak of Deal Info Leads to Insider Trading Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 05, 2015

When the administrative assistant to the lead law firm partner handling the 2012 Harleysville-Nationwide merger began working longer hours in preparation for the deal, she explained to her boyfriend why.

Does Big Brother Follow Big Data?

Jason R. Baron : Law Technology News : February 04, 2015

Leaders have a responsibility to not shirk the implications of where data analytics is taking us, for good or ill.

Erin Harrison to Lead Legaltech News

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : February 03, 2015

ALM unveils its new technology branding; Cardozo kicks off Legaltech week with a trifecta.

Arneson Suit: Wolf Violated Separation of Powers

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : February 03, 2015

Recently removed Office of Open Records Director Erik Arneson alleges his dismissal from that post without cause is a direct challenge to the office's independence.

Lawyers Jockey to Lead Blood Thinner Cases Against Bayer, J&J

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 03, 2015

Multidistrict litigation against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson over the blood thinner Xarelto is taking shape in Louisiana, where packs of plaintiffs lawyers are gunning for a reprise of a $650 million settlement with Boehringer Ingelheim over a similar drug.

CIGO Role Rises in Magnitude Amid Big Data, Security Issues

Erin E. Harrison : Law Technology News : February 03, 2015

Companies have to prepare for an information governance strategy that ensures their data can be quickly accessed.

Federal Circ. Rules Camera Makers Can't Dodge Patent Claims

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 02, 2015

Since it was founded in 2012, the IP boutique Fisch Sigler has made its name with defense wins for the likes of Amazon.com and the Gap. The firm showed its versatility on Monday, scoring an appellate reversal for plaintiff Papst Licensing in a case against a slew of digital camera makers.

Morning Wrap: Which Firms Are Waiting on N.J. Bridgegate Payment?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 23, 2015

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. The legal community is reacting to firm news out of China and two firms are still waiting on payments from Gov. Chris Christie's Republican backers.

Xarelto Mass Tort Established in Philadelphia

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2015

Litigation surrounding Xarelto, a blood thinner that is alleged by plaintiffs to cause uncontrollable and sometimes fatal bleeding, has been organized into a mass tort in Philadelphia.

Report: Nixon Peabody in Merger Talks With Chicago Firm

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2015

Nixon Peabody, having had unsuccessful tie-up talks in recent years with Blank Rome and Locke Lord, is now reportedly looking at a potential acquisition of Chicago's 100-lawyer Ungaretti & Harris. With roughly 100 lawyers, Ungaretti & Harris has seen its fortunes slip along with many midsize Windy City shops in recent years.

Cardozo Law Big Data Conference Kicks Off LTNY Week

Elsa Dalimier : Law Technology News : January 15, 2015

The Feb. 2 Cardozo conference includes panels, a boot camp and a Tech Talk on 3-D printing.

New Morris Nichols Chairman Focuses on Business Development

Max Mitchell : Delaware Law Weekly : January 14, 2015

The new executive committee leader at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell said he plans to focus on business and talent development during his tenure.

Feds Take Stance Against Washington Redskins in Trademark Fight

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 09, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice is jumping into the court fight over the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' trademarks. The department will defend against the team's constitutional challenge to a section of federal trademark law.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Allergan / Actavis; Halliburton / Baker Hughes; Publicis / Sapient; LabCorp / Covance; BB&T / Susquehanna; Cott / DSS Group; Chiquita / Cutrale

Patent Lawyers Forecast More Flux in 2015

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 31, 2014

With rule changes in the works, big questions pending on appeal, and patent reform on Washington's agenda, some are urging caution. "The chess board is moving as we speak," says Foley & Lardner special counsel Andrew Baluch.

Mergers, Management Changes Drew BigLaw Focus in 2014

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 30, 2014

The latter part of 2014 brought with it not only the biggest business of law news for Pennsylvania, but perhaps for the country. All eyes watched during the second half of the year as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius entertained merger discussions with struggling Boston-based firm Bingham McCutchen. A full-on acquisition of the more than 700 lawyers at Bingham would have been a big departure for Morgan Lewis' typical growth strategy of acquiring groups of attorneys from firms that are disbanding.