DLA Piper at a Glance


  • “Culture of teaching”
  • “Generous compensation”
  • “Access to tremendous international resources and opportunities”


  • “2000 billable requirement”
  • “Bureaucracy”
  • “The lack of transparency of firm decisions”

The Buzz

  • “Good global presence”
  • “Great leadership team”
  • “Too big”
  • “Factory”

About DLA Piper

With approximately 4,200 lawyers in 79 offices around the globe, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms-as in sheer size-in the world.

Hunting and Gathering

DLA Piper is a law firm empire. Its massive growth is the result of 2005's tripartite merger between U.K. firm DLA, Chicago/Baltimore-based Piper Rudnick and California's Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich-and the whirlwind of acquisitions that followed. Spurring the growth were healthy real estate, litigation, corporate and private equity practices and the absorption of entire departments from rival firms. In September 2006, the firm hacked its name from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary to the concise DLA Piper, a change reflecting its new emphasis on global brand building. The firm's 2011 merger with DLA Phillips Fox in Australia pushed the firm over the 4,000 attorney mark, bringing the already super-sized firm from huge to gigantic.

Equity for Everyone

As banks cut credit lines, many law firms are reformulating the ways they fund their operations. In November 2008, DLA announced that the firm would eliminate the "income partner" distinction and concept, meaning that all partners would vote, have an ownership position in the firm, contribute capital as part of a graduated equity partner structure and be part of a single compensation system. Coupled with a reduction in monthly payments to some U.S. equity partners, the move was designed to significantly reduce the firm's credit exposure and allow the firm to fund a greater percentage of business operations without outside financing. "We want every partner to act like and feel like an owner of the business even if it's only partially so," said Francis B. Burch, Jr., the firm's then Global Chairman. "We have found with a large class of income partners, there's a tendency on the part of some people to behave and think like an employee as opposed to someone with a vested interest in the long-term success of the firm."    

Government Gurus 

After leaving the firm in 2009 to become President Barack Obama's special envoy for Middle East peace, former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell returned to the firm in 2011 as chairman emeritus. In May 2008, TIME magazine named Senator Mitchell as one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People."  The annual list profiles visionaries spanning politics, business, arts and science, who have transformed the world in some way. During his 14-year Senate career, Mitchell led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act; authored the low-income housing tax credit program; was instrumental in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act; chaired the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland; and was a leader in ratifying NAFTA and WTO regulations. Prior to his stint under the Obama administration, Mitchell had been chairman of the global board of DLA Piper and led a team of DLA Piper lawyers in the highly-publicized investigation into steroid use in Major League Baseball, culminating in the release of the "Mitchell Report."

DLA Piper is home to a number of other former public servants and policy makers. Former Senator Tom Daschle serves as a senior policy advisor to the Firm. Daschle was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978, moved to the Senate in 1986 and succeeded George Mitchell as head of the Senate Democrats in 1994. Former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, former Delaware Governor Michael Castle, and former Commodities Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Bart Chilton also serve as senior policy advisors to the Firm.  Governor Jim Blanchard-who served as a United States Ambassador to Canada, the Governor of Michigan and a member of Congress-is a partner in the Government Affairs Practice Group in the Washington D.C. office.  

DLA Piper is home to a number of other former public servants and policy makers. Former Senator Tom Daschle serves as the firm's senior policy advisor. Daschle was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978, moved to the Senate in 1986 and succeeded George Mitchell as head of the Senate Democrats in 1994. Governor Jim Blanchard-who served as a United States Ambassador, the Governor of Michigan and a member of Congress-is a partner of the firm and Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Practice Group. And former Delaware Governor Michael Castle-who also served nine terms in the House of Representatives-recently joined the firm's Government Affairs practice as a partner


May 2014

No. 1 on the Am Law 100 for the Second Year
For the second year in a row, DLA Piper was recognized as the No. 1 firm by revenue in "The Am Law 100," an annual survey published by The American Lawyer that ranks U.S. law firms on key operating metrics.

April 2014

Expanding the Playing Field
DLA Piper advised Arthur M. Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, in the acquisition of a new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Atlanta. Under the terms of the deal, the team will become the 22nd MLS franchise, and it will begin playing in 2017 when a new US $1.2 billion multi-purpose stadium next to the Georgia Dome is scheduled to open.

This is the second buyer of an MLS expansion team that DLA Piper has represented in the past year. The firm also represented City Football Group, the owners of Manchester City of the English Premier League, in their acquisition, along with the New York Yankees acquisition of the 20th MLS team, the New York City Football Club.

February 2014

Fighting against Racial Discrimination
On the eve of trial, DLA Piper achieved a settlement in favor of the NAACP in a housing-discrimination lawsuit originally brought against the town of Huntington, New York, more than a decade ago. The firm handled the case on a pro bono basis. The case alleged that the town of Huntington discriminated against families with children and racial minorities and violated the Fair Housing Act by limiting an affordable housing development to one-bedroom units. Under the settlement's terms, the town board agreed to take the necessary zoning action to allow construction of the proposed development, which will have 72 one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units.

In addition, DLA Piper achieved another victory in the long-fought case of Gulino et, al. v. The Board of Education of New York City when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling that the New York City Board of Education violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by using a teacher certification test that discriminated against racial minorities. The decision paves the way for the plaintiff teachers, who were represented by the firm pro bono, to finally begin receiving the compensation to which they have been entitled as a result of the city's unlawful use of a discriminatory certification exam to make employment decisions.

January 2014

Pump Up the Volume
For the fourth consecutive year, DLA Piper retained its No. 1 ranking by deal volume among the top corporate law firms, both globally and in the U.K., according to Mergermarket's league tables for legal advisors. The firm was also named No. 1 in Europe. DLA Piper was involved in 385 transactions in 2013 valued at approximately US$31 billion.

November 2013

They're Huge on the Internet
DLA Piper represented ACTIVE Network, a San Diego-based software company, in its $1.05 billion acquisition by Vista Equity Partners, the largest Internet leveraged buyout in 2013. The firm also advised ACTIVE Network on its initial public offering in 2011.

December 2013

Power to Peru
DLA Piper advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of a $132.8 million project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten S.A., a Peru-based power generation company, to finance a 20-year concession to build, develop, operate and maintain a new thermal cold reserve power plant, transmission line and related infrastructure in Peru. It was the first international greenfield project bond in Latin America, the first power plant project bond in Latin America and the first international project bond in Latin America with a partial credit guarantee. 

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DLA Piper

1251 Avenue of the Americas
27th Floor
New York, NY 10020-1104
Phone: (212) 335-4500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global Chairman: Tony Angel, Lee I. Miller
  • Global Co-CEOs: Sir Nigel Knowles, J. Terence “Terry” O’Malley
  • Co-Managing Partners (Americas): Stasia Kelly, Michael S. Poulos Chairmen Emeritus: Senator George J. Mitchell, Francis B, Burch, Jr. National Hiring Partner: Benjamin S. Boyd
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 4,200

  • Employment Contact
    Diane Ross
    Director of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (202) 799-4090
    Email: diane.ross@dlapiper.com

  • Base Salary
    Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; California offices; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Reston, VA; Seattle, WA; Texas offices; Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate:  $3,076/week

    Atlanta, GA; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL
    1st year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $2,788/week

    *Associate compensation is merit-based

  • Summer Associate Offers
    28 out of 29 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate & Finance
    Intellectual Property & Technology
    Litigation & Arbitration
    Real Estate (including Real Estate Capital Markets)
    Regulatory & Governmental Affairs

Major Office Locations

  • Albany, NY
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Atlantic City, NJ
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA (2)
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego CA (2)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Short Hills, NJ
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amsterdam
  • Antwerp
  • Bahrain
  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Birmingham
  • Bratislava
  • Brisbane
  • Brussels
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Canberra
  • Cologne
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Edinburgh
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuwait City
  • Kyiv
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Manchester
  • Melbourne
  • Mexico City
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Muscat
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Prague
  • Riyadh
  • Rome
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Sheffield
  • Singapore
  • St. Petersburg
  • Sydney
  • Tbilisi
  • Tokyo
  • Vienna
  • Warsaw
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