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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

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.

J&J Wants Talc Suits Centralized in Atlantic Co.

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : June 16, 2015

Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries are asking judiciary officials to designate for multicounty litigation more than 100 suits claiming the company's talc-based products caused ovarian cancer in women.

Nonequity Departures Driving Declines in Pa. Head Count

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2015

Attorney head count among Pennsylvania's largest firms has fluctuated in the first six months of the year from as much as a 9.3 percent increase to an 11.2 percent decline, according to a review of statistics tracked by ALM's RivalEdge.

New Pot Bar Has Some Lawyers Seeing Green

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 14, 2015

After going live last week, a pot bar began luring lawyers nationwide into its ranks. The National Cannabis Bar Association counts a current Akerman partner and former Reed Smith partner as members of its founding board of directors as the organization seeks to bring a relatively niche practice area into the mainstream.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : June 12, 2015

Announcements from Drinker Biddle, DLA Piper, Akin Gump, Arent Fox and Cadwalader.

Pa. Firms Rank High for Head Count Shifts in Both Directions

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 10, 2015

Mergers and group departures had significant impacts on Pennsylvania firms' head count numbers—in both growth and decline—in 2014, according to data reported by Legal affiliate The National Law Journal.

Reed Smith Bulks Up IP Team With Six Lawyers Across Three Offices

Lizzy McLellan : Delaware Law Weekly : June 10, 2015

Reed Smith has expanded its intellectual property, information and innovation group, bringing on six attorneys, including three who will launch the group's presence in Delaware.

Justices to Eye Consolidation Question That's Split Appeals Courts

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 09, 2015

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to take up the question of appealability in consolidated actions, an issue over which the Superior and Commonwealth courts are at odds.

Morning Wrap: The NLJ 350 | 'Burn The Courthouse Down'

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : June 08, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The NLJ 350 shows stagnant headcount growth, a manhunt in New York for escaped prisoners and Anne Hathaway's dad changes firms.

Drinker Biddle's Chief Data Scientist Discusses Data Ethics

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : June 08, 2015

While predictive systems have the capacity to aid in the digestion of massive sets of data, they could inadvertently alienate underrepresented populations segments.

Anne Hathaway's Dad Joins Drinker Biddle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Summer Hiring at Large NJ Firms

: New Jersey Law Journal : June 04, 2015

Tracking summer hiring at N.J.'s largest firms.

In Pennsylvania Firms, Rankings Show Minority Attorneys Underrepresented

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 04, 2015

Only two of the 17 Pennsylvania-based law firms included in Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's rankings of firms based on minority attorneys came in above the national average of 14.4 percent and none could be found in the top 50 of the rankings.

Patent Act Clears Senate Committee With Compromises Aimed at PTAB

Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 04, 2015

Amendment could make it harder to extinguish patents in postgrant review.

Are Contract Attorney Markups Of Any Concern to Clients?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 02, 2015

When a former Drinker Biddle & Reath contract attorney received a two-year suspension last week for overbilling a client on document review, the legal community's reaction focused not so much on the behavior as on the lawyer's billing rate.

Six Attorneys Join Reed Smith IP Group

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 02, 2015

Reed Smith has expanded its intellectual property, information and innovation group, bringing on six attorneys, including three who will launch the group's presence in Delaware.

What to Look for in the Menendez Case

Scott A. Coffina : The Legal Intelligencer : June 02, 2015

On April 1, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Dr. Salomon Melgen were charged in the District of New Jersey in a lengthy indictment, accused of conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud.

Female Equity Partner Numbers Lag in Pa. for All but a Few

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 01, 2015

The percentages of female equity partners within Pennsylvania's largest law firms largely place in the bottom third of the national rankings, with a few shining examples of area firms that are outperforming their counterparts when it comes to promoting women.

People in the News - May 29, 2015 - Comisky Receives ABA Award

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 29, 2015

Blank Rome partner Ian Comisky received the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award in recognition of his dedication, achievement and integrity in the field of civil and criminal tax controversies at the American Bar Association section of taxation meeting in Washington, D.C.

People in the News - May 28, 2015 - Blank Rome Trial Academy

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 28, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath Philadelphia partner Jerald M. Goodman was elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Ex-Drinker Biddle Staff Attorney Suspended for Overbilling

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 28, 2015

A former Drinker Biddle & Reath staff attorney agreed to a two-year suspension from the practice of law after admitting he overbilled for his time doing document review at the firm, according to an order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Drinker Biddle Names Borden Chief Data Scientist

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : May 27, 2015

Newly created role will oversee the application of data analytics and other tools to the practice of law.

Phila. Bar 5K Event Brings Out Judges, Children and Lawyers

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : May 27, 2015

On May 17, the 36th annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Support Center for Child Advocates was held at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Approximately 1,200 people participated in the 5K Run/Walk, the 1 Mile Dash, the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash and the Caesar Rivise Team Competition.