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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

Cozen O'Connor Could Fill Market Void With Chicago Merger

Gina Passarella and Brian Baxter : The Legal Intelligencer : March 31, 2015

Cozen O'Connor leadership said as recently as last week that it was looking to grow in the Midwest this year, and, according to one media report, that may happen sooner rather than later if merger talks with Chicago's Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson result in a union.

Raising Pa. Supreme Court Output Easier Said Than Done?

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : March 31, 2015

Despite the wide field of candidates running for the state Supreme Court, some common themes have emerged, including wanting the court to hear more cases and issue more opinions, a campaign promise observers said could be hard to deliver.

In-House Counsel Profile: California Public Employees' Retirement System's Matthew Jacobs

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : March 30, 2015

General counsel Matthew Jacobs oversees 32 attorneys split into three groups: the advice team, which handles tax matters and helps interpret pension law; the investments group; and the litigation group.

Firms Strive for Adaptability In Uncertain Litigation Market

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : March 27, 2015

Many New Jersey firms and branches say litigation practices are holding their own or becoming busier, but whether demand and revenue are up, down or neutral, market uncertainty has them aspiring to be as nimble as possible—particularly with staffing.

A Push by Some for Looser State Rules Over Referral Fees

Gina Passarella and P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : March 24, 2015

A media report earlier this month about law firm emails that purport to show former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, and not his wife, may have been the one to refer out certain cases while on the bench, has again raised questions about Pennsylvania's comparatively lax referral-fee rules.

Pa. Justices Deny McNeil's Appeal in $10M Motrin Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 20, 2015

The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal by the maker of Children's Motrin in a case that resulted in a $10 million verdict for a family of a 3-year-old severely injured after taking several doses of the medicine.

Pa. Superior Court Upholds $11M Topamax Verdict

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

The state Superior Court has upheld the largest verdict to come from the Topamax litigation against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Clinton E-Mail Controversy Is Seen as Teaching Moment for Nation

Ed Silverstein : Law Technology News : March 17, 2015

Sources have told Legaltech News that Clinton should not have done a search using key terms to find work-related e-mails.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ansell Healthcare Products LLC's William Reilly Jr.

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

"There are lots of alternative creative ways to bill, and the hourly fee is slowly but surely dying."

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Are Judicial Rules Strict Enough on Ex Parte Contact?

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : March 13, 2015

In the wake of the state's Judicial Conduct Board filing charges against three Philadelphia Municipal Court judges over their alleged roles in case-fixing, legal observers were divided on whether the problem of ex parte contact between judges was frequent enough to merit tougher ethics rules.

Exterro Joins Information Governance Initiative

Chris DiMarco : Law Technology News : March 12, 2015

Company will bring its experience helping clients manage data to the consortium of data governance experts.

Drinker Biddle Picks Up Its First Member of Congress

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 11, 2015

Former U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Georgia, has joined Drinker Biddle & Reath's lobbying branch, the law firm said Wednesday. Gingrey is a tea party conservative who served 12 years in Congress and before that delivered more than 5,000 babies as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

Four Conn. Firms File Suits Against Pharmaceutical Maker

Jay Stapleton : The Connecticut Law Tribune : March 11, 2015

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed nationally against the makers of Xarelto, a blood thinner that is alleged to cause uncontrollable and sometimes fatal bleeding, are mounting nationally, and four Connecticut law firms have brought claims.

Strength in Numbers for Firm Leadership?

Max mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : March 10, 2015

As the pressures of an increasingly competitive legal market have forced firms to play with alternative rate structures and business models, firms have also increasingly begun challenging the traditional notion of needing a single firm leader, according to some legal consultants.

Clinton Legal Liability Small In Email Mess

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : March 09, 2015

For Hillary Clinton, the public reaction to revelations that she exclusively used a personal email account while serving as secretary of state has been scathing. But any legal consequences are likely to prove negligible, legal experts said.

Littler Goes to Guatemala, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 08, 2015

Littler Mendelson's Swiss verein enters Guatemala, as the global labor and employment firm loses a six-lawyer team in Atlanta; Covington & Burling opens in Los Angeles; Paul Hastings' hiring spree extends to Brazil; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

2015 New Partners: R-T

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015

2015 New Partners: H-L

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015

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."