Duane Morris LLP & Affiliates
Duane Morris LLP & Affiliates
|Main office||30 South 17th Street, | Philadelphia | PA | 19103-7396|
|Year of establishment||1904|
|Number of offices||23|
|Number of attorneys||613|
|Number of associates||210|
|Number of partners||390|
|Partner: associate ratio||1.90|
|Percent women attorneys||18.90|
|Percent minority attorneys||12.20|
|Percent gay attorneys||1.00|
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 700 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges. Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, Duane Morris' modern organization stretches from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East, and now across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial, collaborative culture that has attracted many talented attorneys. The firm's leadership, and outside observers like the Harvard Business School, believe this culture is truly unique among large law firms, and and helps account for the firm continuing to prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Duane Morris is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. Some of its recent accolades are as under:
The American Lawyer's 2012 Summer Associates Survey lists Duane Morris amongst its top three national firms of the year. The firm also won the MCCA Innovator Award for Diversity and Inclusion Program
The firm's practice groups were honoured by Chambers in 2012 and they also received Top Rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers for 2011-2012
Duane Morris Won the Cisco's Litigation Counsel of the Year Award
Sharon Caffrey Named One of The Legal Intelligencer's Women of the Year for 2012 and Duane Morris Partner Terrance J. Evans was named to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's 2012 Fellows Program
Duane Morris recruits lawyers and summer associates who have exhibited superior academic performance, integrity and the ability to assume responsibility. The firm believes that lawyers should have balanced judgment, common sense, initiative and the capacity to confront and resolve a variety of situations and hence seeks individuals who are leaders and work well with a team.
The firm says that in choosing who they would like to hire they seek individuals who motivate others and instill confidence in current and probable clients and who will work for the overall growth of the firm. Candidates should also be able to balance their professional commitments with community activities.
Interested candidates should apply online with a completed application form, current resume, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript, other graduate program transcript.
The firm is committed to hiring people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizing their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. Drawing on diverse backgrounds and the experience they bring to the firm the firm seeks to create an optimum workplace.
The firm's objective in managing a diverse and all-inclusive workplace is utilizing the best available talents available anywhere in the world, the only criteria being that they should be adept in solving their clients' legal problems. The firm recruits a diverse pool of lawyers that collectively possess an awareness of cutting-edge 21st century issues-legal, social and economic-for which clients require solutions.
The firm says that since diversity management is fundamental to the core business of its management of each of its practice groups, its programs for the recruitment, retention and promotion of historically minority groups will continue and grow.
Duane Morris says that it is committed to being a law firm that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. Duane Morris considers diversity as a core value. It is dedicated to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences. The firm does not discriminate in any manner whatsoever in employment and adopts a non-discrimination policy. This policy applies to all employment actions including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits and social activities.
Summer associate program
Duane Morris strives to attract the best law students and to offer the ideal environment for lawyers at the beginning of their professional lives. The firm endeavor to improve its Summer Associates Program each year to make Duane Morris a meaningful and valuable destination for summer associates.
In 2012, the firm's summer associates rated the firm's program amongst the top three nationally, in The American Lawyer's 2012 Summer Associates Survey. Duane Morris received perfect scores from the summer associates in three key areas: training and guidance; full-time associate and summer associate interactions; and inclination to accept a full-time job if one was offered.
Duane Morris offers interesting challenges to law students who participate in their summer program. It believes the program offers a realistic picture of its practice to aspiring attorneys who have an interest in sharing its goals and serving its clients. The firm's program balances challenging work assignments with constructive feedback, work-related activities outside the office and enjoyable social events.
The associates are given interesting work assignments that include assisting lawyers in matters of importance, and observe depositions, hearings, trials, client and board of directors meetings, negotiating sessions and closings.
Summer associates participate in an orientation program, ethics discussions, training sessions on intranet research systems, courses on legal theory skills, writing and taking depositions. Moreover, summer associates receive informal feedback and evaluations of their work throughout the summer from the lawyers who assign them projects.
It is not all work, during the course of the summer, the summer associates become acquainted with the firms lawyers in a variety of social settings. Summer associates also attend numerous lunches and dinners, concerts, golf outings and professional sporting events. To foster a sense of community among summer associates, the firm also sponsors a social event, which includes only members of the summer class and their guests.
Salary & benefits
Duane Morris LLP salary & compensation reviews include all signing and year-end bonuses, vacation time and other perks and reimbursements that make up the total compensation.
1st year associates at Duane Morris receive a top notch benefits package, which includes a salary of $145,000 per year. In 2012, the summer associate salary for 1Ls and 2Ls was $ 2,788.46 per week.
The firm does not strictly follow a lock-step system but its base salary is determined by a merit system that takes into account hours billed, quality of work, pro bono hours, business development, overall contribution in recruitment activities and firm committees.
The factors that determine an associate's bonus are the number of hours billed, the quality of work, pro bono hours, business development and overall contribution in recruitment activities and firm committees.
Medical, Bar association fees and dues, Long Term Disability and 4 weeks vacation after 1st year; FMLA, Supplemental LTD, 401(k) and EAP/Work Life Program; pre-tax transit; off-site emergency child care.
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