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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

Drinker Biddle Excels in Representing Creditors and Debtors

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

Drinker Biddle & Reath's bankruptcy and reorganization department has seen its fair share of big-name cases from both sides of the table.

Best Law Firm Corporate Practices

: The Legal Intelligencer : September 01, 2015

The Best Law Firm Corporate Practices supplement includes profiles of all the firms being honored for their outstanding corporate work, including a general category and five specialty practice area categories.

Movers: A National Roundup of Laterals and New Arrivals

: The National Law Journal : August 31, 2015

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

First-Year Salaries Hit $160K Mark at More Pa. Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 28, 2015

The average starting pay for first-year associates in Pennsylvania will be noticeably higher for this fall's class, with several firms increasing pay to $160,000 or just below, according to the National Association for Law Placement and data submitted by the firms.

Third Circuit Again Reviews Equitable Mootness Doctrine

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : August 21, 2015

Unlike most civil litigation that includes a limited number of parties and disputes regarding discrete claims or specific corporate assets, a Chapter 11 reorganization plan by definition involves all of the debtor's business, assets, capital structure and stakeholders. When a plan is approved over the objection of one or more interested parties and no stay pending appeal is obtained, the capital structure is usually completely altered, financing closed and assets conveyed. The question presented in these situations is whether an appeal should be allowed to proceed if no stay is obtained and implementation of the plan proceeds, or should the appeal be dismissed under the doctrine of "equitable mootness."

Superior Court OKs $4M Topamax Verdict

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : August 21, 2015

The state Superior Court has denied Janssen Pharmaceuticals' bid to overturn a $4 million verdict stemming from claims that its anti-seizure drug Topamax caused birth defects.

More Risperdal Cases Headed to Trial

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : August 19, 2015

A second wave of trials in the Risperdal mass tort has been scheduled for October, and several more cases are gearing up for trials in the spring.

Haynes and Boone Raids IP Boutique, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 16, 2015

With Mavrakakis Law Group's decision to return to Big Law, Haynes and Boone picked up eight boutique patent litigators and a new Chicago office packed with Kirkland & Ellis alums.

People in the News - Aug. 11, 2015 - Bauersachs Elevated to Shareholder

: The Legal Intelligencer : August 11, 2015

Garrett Trego joined Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox as an associate.

Pot Luck: Marijuana Legalization Drives Budding Practices

Zoe Ferguson : The American Lawyer : August 11, 2015

A few bold Am Law 200 firms are growing their own pot law practices.

Reversal Over Data-Breach Harm Has Neiman Marcus Crying Foul

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : August 06, 2015

The plaintiffs bar is heralding a federal appeals court ruling that could make it easier for victims of data breaches to sue, but defense lawyers aren't convinced there's a sea change in the law.

At Swimming Championship, Am Law 100 Ties Abound

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

For high-powered lawyers, it's usually sink or swim. But with the 2015 World Aquatics Championships underway in Kazan, Russia, two U.S. swimmers with Am Law 100 connections are showing how some legal pros take the phrase a bit more literally than others.

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 03, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gay Marriage Ruling Not a Clear Windfall for Lawyers

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : July 30, 2015

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, observers were quick to point out the obvious benefits to family practitioners. Weeks later, however, lawyers in family and related practice areas in New Jersey appear skeptical whether significant business gains are in the offing.

Despite New Role, Saylor's Pen Keeps Flowing

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

Nearly seven months into a calendar year when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is operating with two vacant seats, the justices appear to be issuing opinions at a reasonable pace, observers said, while the court's leader has taken an especially active role in writing.

Buchanan Hires Leave Novak Druce Lawyerless in Phila.

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 24, 2015

Part of a string of lateral hires by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia appears to have left Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's year-old office in the city without any attorneys.

Pa. Firms Announce Flurry of Lateral Hires

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 20, 2015

Pennsylvania law firms are doing some midyear hiring if the latest lateral partner announcements are any indication.

Next PTAB Chief Judge Named

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 14, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's former solicitor will fill the role—at least on a temporary basis.

NFL Team's Trademark Suit Spiked

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : July 13, 2015

The Washington Redskins football team vowed to fight a federal district judge's order last week canceling the team's trademark registrations as likely disparaging to Native Americans.

Walker Inaugurated as President of Federal Bar Association

: New Jersey Law Journal : July 10, 2015

Karol Corbin Walker, a partner based in LeClairRyan's Newark office, was sworn in as the first African-American president of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ) on June 18 at the organization's 39th annual Brennan Dinner, held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Plus more in this week's column.

Judge Upholds Cancellation of Washington Redskins Trademarks

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : July 08, 2015

A federal district judge in Virginia on Wednesday rejected the Washington Redskins' challenge to the cancellation of the team's trademarks as disparaging to Native Americans.

Federal Circuit Nominee Sails Through Senate Confirmation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 07, 2015

Kara Farnandez Stoll, a former Finnegan partner, is an experienced patent litigator, well-connected in the Beltway, and the first woman of color to join the circuit bench.

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Perkel, PICS Case No. 15-0991 (Pa. May 27, 2015) per curiam (31 pages).

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 30, 2015

The Disciplinary Board recommended that Benjamin Hart Perkel be suspended on consent from the Bar of the Commonwealth for a period of two years retroactive to June 12, 2014.

Tax Exemptions for Hospitals in Question After NJ Ruling

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : June 30, 2015

A ruling withdrawing the property tax exemption for Morristown Memorial Hospital could compel challenges to other health care facilities' exempt status, attorneys said.


: The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

Laterals, new arrivals and promotions in this week's column.

Third Circuit Addresses Structured Dismissal of Bankruptcy Case

Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : June 29, 2015

Over the years, companies often file Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, for a number of reasons, never make it through the entire process to approval of a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. In some cases, the company is unable to reorganize and the case is converted to a liquidation proceeding under Chapter 7. In other instances, the court determines that the debtor did not commence the case in good faith for a proper reorganization purpose and dismisses the proceeding.

Stable CMO Market Sees Some Unexpected Movement

Gina Passarella 
and Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 29, 2015

Pennsylvania's legal marketing community has seen relative stability over the past few years as many of the largest law firms have installed and maintained the next generation of chief marketing and business development officers. But there have been a few changes of late, including what the marketing community has perceived as the abrupt departure of Saul Ewing's marketing leader.

Constitutionality of Alabama Law Argued in Tylenol MDL

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : June 25, 2015

Lawyers in the bellwether case in the Tylenol multidistrict litigation Wednesday argued over whether the lack of a formula for determining punitive damages under Alabama's wrongful-death law violates the due process rights of the drug's maker.

No Punitives in Tylenol MDL, at Least on Paper

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : June 24, 2015

A federal judge has ordered that punitive damages may not be pursued in the bellwether case in the Tylenol MDL, but the plaintiff's lawyer said punitive damages are already factored into the case under the law of the plaintiff's home state, Alabama.

The Legal Names Best Law Firm Corporate Practices

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 18, 2015

Nearly six months ago, The Legal asked law firms across the state to tell us what makes their corporate practices the best. Following a model we set when we first conducted this contest two years ago, we wanted to find the Pennsylvania firms making an impact with their corporate and transactional work. The submissions we received were numerous and impressive across the board, demonstrating the variety of firms in this state that can traffic at a local, regional and international scale—sometimes concurrently.