DLA Piper at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Tremendous resources for learning”
  • “Opportunity to work in multiple offices and meet a lot of people”
  • “Supportive partners”

Downers

  • “Comp could be better”
  • “Lack of transparency from firm leadership”
  • “Billable hours”

The Buzz

  • “International presence”
  • “Wide variety of abilities”
  • “The Walmart of law firms”
  • “Quantity over quality”

About DLA Piper

With approximately 4,200 lawyers in 88 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. Since then, the firm has also combined with Davis LLP to bring its platform into Canada. 

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 Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss joined the firm in 2014 and is a partner residing in both the Atlanta and Washington DC offices.  Senator Chambliss served in the Senate on behalf of Georgia from 2003 to 2015, and served as a Georgia Congressman from 1995 to 2003.  In the Senate, he was the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (chairing the committee in 2005-2007) and the ranking Republican on the Select Committee on Intelligence.  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, DC office.   

IN THE NEWS

April 2015

Oh, Canada
DLA Piper and Davis LLP finalized their agreement to join forces as DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, an integrated part of DLA Piper's global platform and brand. Davis was founded in 1892 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The firm delivers services across seven offices in more than 50 practices, with historic areas of focus in energy, natural resources, infrastructure, development, transportation and the related corporate and finance areas.

Flying with the Hawks
The firm advised the owners of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks on the sale of the franchise to an ownership group led by Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management. The group also includes seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, Clayton Dubilier & Rice partner Rick Schnall, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Marquis Jet co-founder Jesse Itzler.

Capital Pro Bono
DLA Piper, Georgetown University Law Center and Arent Fox LLP announced the launch of the DC Affordable Law Firm (DCALF), an exclusively charitable and educational nonprofit law firm in the District of Columbia. DCALF will provide affordable, high-quality legal services to residents within the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia who have unmet legal needs because they do not qualify for free legal aid and are unable to pay prevailing legal rates and to small businesses and nonprofits serving the district's distressed communities.

February 2015

Viva Mexico!
DLA Piper combined with Gallastegui y Lozano, S.C. (GyL) in Mexico, which brought the firm's global platform and breadth of practice areas together with the longstanding and distinguished reputation of GyL, which has a 30-year history in the Mexican legal market. DLA Piper first opened its Mexico City office in 2012.

January 2015

On the Leading Edge
Blue Edge Lab, a wholly owned subsidiary of DLA Piper LLP (US), in partnership with the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), launched of CyberTrak, a highly innovative online cybersecurity tool featuring information on cybersecurity-related mandates and regulatory risk around the world. CyberTrak provides multinationals and other customers with instant online access to critical information about cybersecurity-related laws, regulations and generally accepted standards in 23 key markets in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and in four sectors in the U.S.

Well Connected
For the second consecutive year, DLA Piper ranked No. 1 on Good2BSocial's Law Firm index, which measures the reach, engagement and excellence of the social media presences of the Am Law 50.

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DLA Piper

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global Co-Chairmen: Sir Nigel Knowles, Roger Meltzer
  • Global Co-CEOs: Simon Levine, Cameron Jay Rains
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 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
    33 out of 34 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate
    Employment
    Finance
    Government Affairs
    Intellectual Property & Technology
    Litigation 
    Real Estate (including Real Estate Capital Markets)
    Restructuring
    Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Albany, NY
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Atlantic City, NJ
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • 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
  • Calgary
  • Canberra
  • Cologne
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Edinburgh
  • Edmonton
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • Jedda
  • Kuwait City
  • Kyiv
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Manchester
  • Melbourne
  • Mexico City
  • Milan
  • Montreal
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Muscat
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Prague
  • Riyadh
  • Rome
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Sheffield
  • Singapore
  • St. Petersburg
  • Sydney
  • Tbilisi
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Vienna
  • Warsaw
  • Whitehorse
  • Yellow Knife
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