Dickstein Shapiro LLP at a Glance


  • “Great opportunities for young and mid-level associates”
  • “Work/life balance”
  • “Intelligent, pleasant and reliable people”


  • “Future business strategy is unknown”
  • “No partnership prospects”
  • “Inconsistency of work flow”

The Buzz

  • “Solid in DC”
  • “Good place to work”
  • “Liberal”
  • “Lifestyle firm”

About Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Editor's note: In February 2016 Dickstein Shapiro announced that it would not longer be engaged in the practice of law. At that time, almost all of the firm's remaining attorneys were hired by Blank Rome.


Founded 60 years ago, Dickstein Shapiro is known for its insurance, energy, IP and litigation work.  

Beyond the Beltway

Dickstein Shapiro has come a long way since its founding in 1953 and early DC-centric years. The multiservice law firm now numbers more than 350 attorneys, has six offices across the U.S. in DC, New York, Connecticut and California, and works with a wide variety of industries. The firm represents a range of clients, such as Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures, multinational corporations, financial institutions, charitable organizations and government officials facing high-profile investigations. Some of Dickstein's notable clients include Loews Corporation, Fox Entertainment Group, Estée Lauder, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Chrysler Group LLC.

Around the Capitol Water Cooler

Given its early history in DC, it's no surprise that several high-profile former politicians have settled in at Dickstein as advisors in the Public Policy and Law practice group. Among this impressive crowd are Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House; Tim Hutchinson, former Senator from Arkansas; and Albert Wynn, former Representative from Maryland. The firm, naturally, has been active in lobbying on behalf of its clients in areas including energy, tobacco, natural resources, health care and financial services. Continuing in the political realm, the firm also has a fairly unique State Attorneys General practice, in which it advises clients on how to minimize and avoid becoming targets of an attorney general's investigation or litigation.

Big on Insurance

With about 60 attorneys dedicated to representing policyholders, the firm's insurance coverage practice is one of the largest in the U.S. It is also one of the most accomplished, having recovered billions of dollars for its clients on policies addressing crime and fidelity, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, insurance broker liability and political risk and property. The firm also advises on insurance losses, including environmental, food and product contamination, and property and business interruption.

Core Values

In addition to its practice group strengths, Dickstein prides itself on its culture. The firm operates according to five core values, which it lists on its website: "excellence, loyalty, respect, initiative and integrity." And the firm doesn't take itself too seriously, indicating on its NALP form that "a sense of humor is a must." Dickstein is also committed to creating a good work environment for its employees-since the 1990s, the firm has embarked on a "Quest for Family Values" in which it strives to pay more than lip service to quality of life issues.


April 2013

Punitive and Compensatory Damages in Bad Faith Dispute
Dickstein Shapiro secured $9.7 million in punitive damages for health care provider Primary Health, Inc. in a dispute with Hudson Insurance Company and TIG Insurance Company. A unanimous jury found the insurers in bad faith and awarded $2.41 million in compensatory damages as well.

December 2012

Pass the Salt
Dickstein Shapiro led the entire debt and equity financing for the $922 million Poseidon Carlsbad Desalination Project in San Diego County, California. The financing closed on December 24, 2012, and when complete, the project will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to leading the complex, multiparty financing arrangements, the firm also handled the water purchase agreement and other related agreements, as well as all of the project documentation for the facility. The financing for the project has since been recognized as the North American Water Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine and the Desalination Deal of the Year by Global Water Intelligence magazine.

November 2012

Breaking Ground in Child Sex Abuse Class Action
A ground-breaking settlement was ordered in the civil class action case relating to the sexual abuse of more than 900 children by former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley during his tenure at Beebe Medical Center. The families of the victims filed the case against Beebe Medical Center-a community hospital-the Medical Society of Delaware, and independent physicians. The settlement, which amounts to $123 million, allows Beebe Medical Center to avoid bankruptcy, and marks the first time a sexual abuse case has been settled through a class action.

Running Royalty
Following four days of deliberation, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of Dickstein Shapiro's client Vringo, in its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc.'s patent infringement case against AOL, Inc., Google, Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., Gannett Company, Inc., and Target Corporation. The case pertains to the infringement of two patents for relevance filtering technology used to present higher quality advertisements. Significantly, the jury found the asserted claims of the patents were both valid and infringed, and that reasonable royalty damages should be based on a "running royalty" of 3.5 percent with respect to future advertising revenues. The jury awarded Vringo damages from September 15, 2011 of $30,496,155 against all defendants.

August 2012

Friends of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces  
After five days of deliberation, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury ruled in favor of Dickstein Shapiro's clients, largely consisting of members of the young leadership group, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, awarding in excess of $1.6 million in damages in a discrimination case. The award includes approximately $1,200,000 in compensatory damages and $455,000 in punitive damages. Eighteen individuals and one business entity sought damages against the Shangri La Hotel and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, for a variety of claims stemming from events at the hotel in July 2010. As of February 11, 2013, the Court announced it will award attorneys' fees totaling $2,099,785 to the individual plaintiffs.

Victory for Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Patent Case
The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California granted judgment in favor of firm client Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc., and dismissed the Alzheimer's Institute of America's (AIA) patent infringement suit for lack of standing where the jury in a parallel action made a determination regarding inventorship and ownership. The Court ruled in Elan's favor, dismissing the case with prejudice and entering judgment against AIA.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

1825 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5403
Phone: (202) 420-2200
Fax: (202) 420-2201


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Michael E. Nannes
  • Hiring Attorneys: Jeff Rhodes (Washington, DC); Jeff Schulman (New York); Larry LaPorte (CA Offices)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 363

  • Base Salary
    DC, NY, CA Offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 13 (2012)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Complex Dispute Resolution
    Corporate & Finance
    Government Law & Strategy
    Insurance Coverage
    Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County (Irvine), CA
  • Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), CA
  • Stamford, CT
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