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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 $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 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

'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.

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.

Am Law 100 Firms Register Strong Delaware Presence

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.

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.

A Schrems Aftershock? Debating Challenges to EU Standard Contractual Clauses

Ricci Dipshan : Legaltech News : May 09, 2016

As EU officials consider shortcomings in the standard contractual clauses, many wonder if legal challenges or regulatory changes are on the horizon.

People in the News—May 4, 2016—Rawle & Henderson

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 04, 2016

Jamie L. Augustinsky joined the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson.

The Legal Names 2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 02, 2016

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.