|Main office||1251 Avenue of The Americas, 29th Floor | New York | NY | 10020-1104|
|Year of establishment||2005|
|Number of offices||77|
|Largest office||New York|
|Number of attorneys||1251|
|Number of associates||711|
|Number of partners||194|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.30|
|Percent women attorneys||38.20|
|Percent minority attorneys||21.90|
|Percent gay attorneys||6.50|
DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients. We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Top Labor & Employment Lawyer (Daily Journal list of 75 "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California" 2012)
National Law Journal/Legal Times "Champion" (Fifth Annual Legal Times "Champions & Visionaries" Awards 2012)
Second Rank, World's Leading Law Firms (Law360 "Global 20," 2012)
Leaders in Business Law (Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012)
Philadelphia Litigation Practice recognized as "Litigation Departments of the Year" (The Legal Intelligencer 2012)
The World's Leading IP Strategists (Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Strategy 300, 2012)
First Rank by Lawyer Head Count and Third Rank by Revenue (The American Lawyer's list of "Biggest 25 Litigation Departments," 2012)
2012 International Franchise Law Firm of the Year (Who's Who Legal)
2012 International Real Estate Law Firm of the Year (Who's Who Legal)
Turkish Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2012)
As the firm continues to grow within the US and across the world, DLA Piper has an extremely stringent hiring process. In general, it recruits only from the top one-third of the graduating class from select law schools. In addition to academic performance at both graduate and undergraduate levels, the firm considers pervious work experience and a demonstrated passion for the law.
Here are some of the skills that the firm looks for in prospective hires:
Analytical ability and innovative problem solving
Motivation to succeed
Ability and willingness to take up challenges
Demonstrated ability to work in teams of various compositions and sizes
Excellent organizational skills
Strong commercial sense
As a leading law firm, DLA Piper promotes an all-inclusive culture, where everyone, irrespective of background, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation, has equal opportunity to grow their career. The firm believes that fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion helps it to attract the best talent from across the continents and build the most effective teams that enable the firm to deliver the highest level of service to its clients. These values are apparent in every aspect of the firm and the way it conducts business with its clients.
DLA Piper's management board is responsible for developing the firm's strategy for diversity and implementing it across the firm's global offices, thereby ensuring that the firm's diversity objectives are successfully met. In fact, the firm has very active diversity committees across its offices that create an empowering environment for all its employees through innovative programs such as the Global Women's Leadership Summit.
Summer associate program
DLA Piper's eight-week summer programs focus on offering substantial real-time pragmatic legal experience and helping law students make an impact in a wide range of practice areas. The summer associates are rotated through several practice groups and encouraged to work on areas of specific interest. Some of the popular summer associate programs at the firm include the following:
Two-week program in overseas offices
Two-week public interest fellowship in New York
In-house internship at a major consulting firm
A survey of the summer associates at DLA Piper revealed that the supervising attorneys constantly provided constructive feedback to the associates at every opportunity, thereby helping the summer associates steepen their learning curve and excel at their assignments.
The supervising attorneys also conduct weekly training sessions including a writing seminar for the summer associates. Further, DLA Piper organizes a range of social events, including golf and cooking lessons, every year in order to help summer associates get to know the firm and its people better.
Salary & benefits
The starting salary at DLA Piper is in the range of USD 13,500-160,000, depending on the location of the office. The most coveted positions with respect to the salary and benefits offered are at the firm's Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Reston, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., offices.
DLA Piper's profit per equity partner in 2009 (the most recent year for which we could obtain the data) was USD 1,230,000, which places this law firm in the 54th percentile.
Back-up child and elder care, BeyondWork discount program, College Coach program, comprehensive Wellness program, discounted gym memberships (through GlobalFit), Health Advocate, hybrid vehicle reimbursement program, referral bonus, reimbursement for up to six massages/year through EAP benefit, vehicle discount programs.
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