2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“High level of responsibility.”
“No transparency in compensation and partner-track status.”
“The unpredictability/irregularity of the hours.”
“Being a BigLaw associate is stressful.”
About DLA Piper
With approximately 4,200 lawyers in 90+ offices around the globe, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms—both by headcount and by revenue—in the world.
From Big to Ginormous
DLA Piper is a law firm empire. Its massive growth is the result of 2005’s tripartite merger between UK 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 cut 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, in the Americas, the firm has combined with Davis LLP to bring its platform into Canada; expanded into Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico; and grown its entertainment, real estate, and other regional sector and practice capabilities through a merger with Liner LLP in Los Angeles.
Give Them Privacy
DLA Piper advises clients across more than a dozen industries and 10 major practice areas (with a host of sub-practices). With newly introduced artificial intelligence, proptech, fintech, and blockchain and digital assets practices, and a top-notch practice in data protection, privacy, and security, DLA Piper has its finger on the pulse of the modern business world. The firm ranks among the top ten firms in Vault’s Privacy & Data Security ranking—and for good reason. Its lawyers handle everything from compliance and data mapping to data security and consumer protection regulation to global data transfer management and lobbying—and everything in between.
With 500 lawyers strong, DLA Piper’s real estate department is another major focus for the firm. The firm is available to help clients with real estate litigation and also a host of other areas, including financing, development, asset management, REITs, and construction issues. DLA Piper also produces a publication called the Real Estate Gazette, which compiles articles on legislation and case law affecting the real estate world.
The firm’s employment practice is also highly regarded. The practice reaches across the globe and includes both local and cross-border work. Among the areas the firm counsels on are discrimination, employee benefits, global employment law compliance, global governance and compliance, labor relations, litigation, and workforce restructuring, to name some.
Add a Stamp
Some firms offer their attorneys secondment opportunities, but not every firm has a Global Mobility team like DLA Piper. This team provides support to lawyers who embark on secondments—many of which are international. Through the firm’s Global Mobility program, lawyers can work in another location for six months—something the firm thinks enhances its lawyers’ global mindset.
News & Awards
DLA Piper represented Lantern Entertainment in the launch of Spyglass Media Group, an independent premium content company focused on developing, producing, financing and acquiring motion pictures and television series for worldwide audiences.
The firm joined the initial group of Governing Council members for Hedera Hashgraph, a next-generation public ledger designed to have highly diversified governance and the most distributed consensus at scale. As part of the council, DLA Piper will help oversee changes to the software run by millions of Hedera distributed nodes over time.
DLA Piper represented CIT Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch in the US$100 million project financing and refinancing of the continuing expansion and development of a landmark fleet of behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems in Southern California for Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. and affiliates.
Together with Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, the firm successfully represented two families from Honduras in the reunification with their children after the U.S. government’s decision to separate the children from their fathers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Represented Tilman J. Fertitta in his purchase of the Houston Rockets, including the operating rights to the Toyota Center Arena. The $2.2 billion transaction was a record purchase for an NBA franchise.
- Advised PopCap Games in in its $1.3 billion acquisition by video game giant Electronic Arts.
- Represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in all aspects of the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
- Co-founded the DC Affordable Law Firm, a charitable and educational nonprofit for DC residents who have unmet legal needs because they do not qualify for free legal aid.
- Named the number three most powerful law firm brand in the world by Acritas, 2018.
- Named the number three law firm in the world by Law360 for global reach and breadth of international work, 2018.
- For the ninth consecutive year, named the number one firm for global M&A deal volume by Mergermarket and, for the second consecutive year, the only firm to rank as one of the top five most active law firms for private equity, venture capital and M&A deal volume in PitchBook’s 2018 global league tables report, 2018.
- Achieved Mansfield Certified Plus status.
- Named one of the top law firms for social media for four consecutive years by Good2BSocial, 2018.
Why Work Here
DLA Piper is one of the largest business law firms in the world and one of the most recognized law firm brands globally. We are an innovative and entrepreneurial firm, deeply committed to our values: our people, our clients and our community. We invite you to meet our people and learn more about life at DLA Piper.
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 335-4500
Co-Chairmen (Americas): Roger Meltzer & Cameron Jay Rains
Managing Partner (Americas): Stasia Kelly
National Hiring Partners, Associate Recruiting: Kathryn Grasso and Raj Shah
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
4K - 4.5K
Atlanta; Phoenix; Raleigh; Short Hills
1st year: $170,000
Summer associate: $3,269/week All other U.S. Offices
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week *Associate compensation is merit-based.
No. of Summer Associates:
59 total (44 2Ls; 15 1Ls) (2019)
Director of Legal Recruiting
Atlantic City, NJ
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Northern Virginia, VA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Juan, PR
Short Hills, NJ
Silicon Valley, CA
+66 international locations
Intellectual Property & Technology
Real Estate (including Real Estate Capital Markets)
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.