DLA Piper.

Main office 1251 Avenue of The Americas, 29th Floor | New York | NY | 10020-1104
Email sharon.crane@dlapiper.com 
Website http://www.dlapiper.com 
Phone 212-335-4500 
Fax 212-335-4501 
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

Overview

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

  • Antitrust and EU Competition
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Pensions
  • and Benefits
  • Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration

  • International Trade
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Product Liability
  • Projects and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory and Government Affairs
  • Restructuring
  • Tax
  • Technology and Media
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime and Investigations

Notable cases

  • Redevelopment of the World Trade Center: The firm represents the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in all aspects of this redevelopment in Lower Manhattan.
  • Redevelopment of Intercity and Commuter Railway System of Istanbul: The firm represents the Ministry of Transportation of Turkey in an ICC arbitration worth

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)

Hiring criteria

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

Diversity

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.

  • Y1 $0-$145,000.00
  • Y3 $0-$170,000.00

Benefits

  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Spending Account
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Profit Sharing
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

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.

Working for the DLA Piper.

    Working at DLA Piper is one of the most exciting opportunities that one can come across while practicing law in the twenty-first century. Being the largest firm worldwide in terms of the number of attorneys, DLA Piper boasts of an unrivalled variety of work globally across a wide variety of industries and sectors. It does not believe in shortcuts and encourages its employees to work hard for their success.

    Having its roots in entrepreneurial regional firms, each with its unique style and exceptional history of client success, DLA Piper truly admires enterprise and imagination in its employees and rewards them accordingly. With its diverse set of legal professionals who are abound with energy, committed to working in a collaborative environment and helping their clients succeed, and extremely intelligent and ambitious, DLA Piper is a firm where you will have the opportunity to work with kindred spirits and exceptional mentors who will lead you toward an extraordinary legal career.

Pro bono

    As a global business law firm, DLA Piper strongly believes in giving back to the community and considers the provision of free legal services as an important part of both its past and its future. Hence, every attorney at the firm is encouraged to spend a considerable amount of time doing pro bono work. In fact, in 2011, the firm's attorneys spent more than 170,000 hours in bringing pro bono initiatives to fruition.

    Known as the largest global provider of pro bono legal services, DLA Piper is a thought leader in the creation and delivery of pro bono services for a large number of low-income individuals, community groups, charities, and social entrepreneurs who would otherwise not have access to legal services.

    The firm's global pro bono practice also acts for some of the world's leading global charities, academic institutions, aid agencies, UN agencies, NGOs, and governments in order to improve education, economic empowerment, and equality.

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References

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http://careers.abovethelaw.com/

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