30 South 17th Street, | Philadelphia | PA | 19103-7396
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Duane Morris LLP is one of the 100 largest law firms in the world. It has offices in London, Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and major cities throughout the U.S. including, New York, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami and Pittsburgh.
The more than a century year old firm was founded in Philadelphia in 1904. The company continues to expand across the country and overseas, but is uncompromising in its commitment to its strong values, its outstanding legal work and in preserving its collegial atmosphere, where competent professionals respect each other and work complementing each other.
The firm more than doubled in size over the last 12 years and has upwards of 700 lawyers serving from offices in the US, UK and Asia.
Contrary to the existing trend in the market, it saw an increase in its revenue, with the recent years being particularly lucrative, that saw it climb the Am Law 100 charter. The firm not only circumvented deferrals and layoffs during the recession, but actually profited from the downturn. Revenue rose an impressive 5.4 percent in 2009 and jumped to an all-time high of $411 million in 2010. In 2011 it inched up another 1.1 percent to a new high of $415.6 million.
Duane Morris has come a long way since its modest beginnings as a 4 man office in Philadelphia more than a century ago.
The firm started as a 4 man outfit in Philadelphia in 2004. The four were Duane, Morris, Heckscher and Roberts. Its humble beginnings saw it assisting clients with any kind of their legal needs, primarily negotiating contracts between local businesses and handling the property issues regarding sale of farmland. Clients needs have undergone a sea-change since then and todayâ€™s the firmâ€™s attorneys are probably more adept at negotiating multimillion-dollar transactions between global corporations or at handling intellectual property issues regarding the licensing of biotechnology discoveries.
From a partnership of four Philadelphia attorneys in 1904, the firm has grown to be among the 100 largest in the world but it has stayed firm to its commitment of working together in the pursuit of its clientsâ€™ goals. The firmâ€™s founders and subsequent chairmen had laid the foundations of a culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus building that is normally not found among other law firms.
Many years ago, Morris Duane, former chairman and descendant of two of the firmâ€™s founders, detailed the ideals and philosophies that Duane Morris lawyers should have. He wrote, that they should work as a team, with integrity, reliability in a collegial atmosphere, delivering work of high quality, in the larger interests of the clients; even it calls for personal sacrifice. Moreover, he advocated that they should be involved in civic activities for the benefit of the community.
While the partnership at Duane Morris may have grown beyond the founders' imaginations, their spirit of unity and dedication to client service continues to guide the firm and shape its future.
Areas of practice
Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring
Benefits and Immigration
Environment and Resources
Multidisciplinary Client Teams
Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more significant cases include:
Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc.: Duane Morris represented the plaintiff Markman in a patent infringement lawsuit. After winning a jury verdict, Markman lost the case in a subsequent directed verdict for the defendant Westview. The result of this case is that so-called Markman hearings are now routinely conducted in patent infringement lawsuits so that a judge will rule on the legal meaning of patent claims before the lawsuit is argued before a jury.
Tobacco Industry Litigation: Along with the Pittsburgh law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, Duane Morris represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a 46-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry. The litigation concluded with a landmark $206 billion global settlement agreement for the 46 suing states.
Duane Morris representation resulted in Eli Lilly & Co paying a combined $1.42 billion, including the largest criminal fine in history , $515 million, to settle charges that it illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for off-label use.
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.
The firm compliments its competitive salary with a wide a range of employee benefits and support programs that include:
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Spending Account
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Short-term Disability Insurance
Health Club Membership
Long-term Care Insurance
Benefits Package: 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.
Working for the Duane Morris LLP
Working for Duane Morris provides you with the opportunity for a sophisticated, challenging and enjoyable career in law. The firm has a long and celebrated history of encouraging individual initiative and is full of exciting practice opportunities of working in conventional and evolving areas of legal practice.
At Duane Morris the candidates will have a chance to develop a varied and interesting practice, represent clients in cutting-edge cases and interact with a diverse group of dedicated professionals.
The firm assures that it will speed up the professional development of its hires by encouraging them and giving them a chance to assume responsibility for client matters early in their career. The firm also enhances its lawyers' skills and broadens their range of capabilities through a comprehensive training program.
Duane Morris' Pro Bono Program provides free legal services to those in their communities who are least able to afford them. The importance of pro bono work and volunteerism has been an integral part of Duane Morris' culture since the firm's inception more than 100 years ago.
As of January 2012, associates can credit 100 hours of pro bono work toward their billable target, doubled from the early 50 hours. However, they leave it to the lawyer's individual discretion, but do tell them that it is a great opportunity for taking control of a case and getting valuable experience. There's a coordinator in each office to oversee the pro bono program, and attorneys with significant achievements are honored at an annual ceremony.
Over the last decade the firm has represented children through Child advocates in various dependency and criminal matters. Their attempts have helped secure a permanent, nurturing environment for many a needy child.
One of the firms' lawyers, the late Henry T. Reath, was called the champion of the poor. He said that it was a lawyer's "public responsibility to provide legal service and make the system work for low-income individuals." Reath helped found the Philadelphia program for Community Legal Services, a nonprofit organization established to provide quality legal service to those in need.
The firm encourages attorneys to work on issues about which they are passionate and address issues important to their local communities. The Pro Bono Counsel and local coordinators help find appropriate projects for attorneys based on their interests and skills.
The firm provides pro bono orientation to all summer associates and involves each summer associate in a pro bono project. The firm also participates in summer associate pro bono events and projects managed by local public interest organizations.
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