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Dechert LLP.

Main Office: Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19104
Phone: 215-994-4000 | Fax: 215-994-2222











Dechert LLP. Reviews view all

Reviewed on June 14, 2023
Former Employee

Former Employee, more than 1 yearGreat Place to Work!Associate RecommendProsThe firm provided great training and opportunitiesConsThe hours were long as with most big firms.

Former Employee


Full time

Reviewed on May 28, 2020
Current Employee

Friendly and business oriented staff

Current Employee

Full time



Headline: Unparalleled International Presence and Proven Success: Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is an international law firm with a remarkable and unique history. Founded in 1875 in Philadelphia, the firm has since grown to 800 lawyers in 26 offices worldwide. Dechert’s impressive client list includes Aetna, Pfizer, US Airways, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, Nomura Capital, The British Retail Consortium, Gerber Products Company, Internet Capital Group, CNN, and Comcast Corporation.

Dechert has achieved success by providing strategic, pragmatic, and responsive legal counsel in each of its core practices. Its lawyers specialize in banking, taxation, antitrust, intellectual property, biotechnology, litigation, and employment law. The firm’s expertise has been put to use for some of the most well-known clients in the world, including the Pennsylvania Railroad, Getty Oil Company, and many more.

The firm’s Bay Area office is located in the heart of San Francisco, and is staffed by talented and experienced attorneys. Dechert has an established track record of success in the Bay Area, and attorneys who work here can look forward to being part of a team that provides the highest quality of service to its clients.

The Bay Area office of Dechert is a great place to work for attorneys looking to expand their legal career. Attorneys will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients, from large multinational companies to small startups. Dechert attorneys will also have access to the firm’s expansive international network and resources, allowing them to work with clients and partners around the globe.

Dechert is a leader in the legal industry, and its Bay Area office offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities for attorneys. Attorneys working at Dechert will benefit from the firm’s long history of success, and will be part of a team of talented professionals who strive to provide the best legal services to their clients. With Dechert’s unmatched international presence and proven track record of success, attorneys can look forward to a rewarding and stimulating career.

Practice Areas

Dechert LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Dechert LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Apart from general criteria the firm looks for candidates with a strong academic background, who relate to the firms core values and have other factors that are indicative of a high likelihood of success. Dechert LLP is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. The firm wants every employee at the Firm to feel welcome with an equal opportunity to excel.

Pro bono

Dechert has a longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations who cannot otherwise afford legal counsel. Lawyers in all its offices and in all its practice groups make a difference every day by contributing their talents to providing pro bono legal services.

Dechert is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and is committed to spending three percent of its total billable time annually on pro bono work. As a result of this dedication, Dechert lawyers commit thousands of hours annually to pro bono service.

The firm approach pro bono efforts with the same energy, enthusiasm and resources as work for commercial clients, and associates receive billable hour credit for its pro bono work. We require all U.S.-based attorneys to perform at least 25 hours of pro bono work per year to ensure universal participation in its pro bono program.

The firm has a dedicated partner focused full time on managing the firm's pro bono program who works with a pro bono committee consisting of representatives from every Dechert office. Dechert's lawyers handle hundreds of pro bono matters covering issues such as civil rights, international human rights, child advocacy, special education, access to public benefits, asylum, landlord-tenant matters and the representation of numerous nonprofit organizations. The firm strives to find projects that make a difference and that match the personal interests of its lawyers.

Over the years, Dechert and individual Dechert lawyers have been recognized on numerous occasions for pro bono contributions. Firm recognition has included: American Civil Liberties Union - New Jersey's Legal Leadership Award, First Judicial District's Pro Bono Roll of Honor, An American Lawyer ranking of 7 out of 200 US firms for Pro Bono and the Washington Lawyers' Committee's Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Dechert is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its core practice areas of corporate and securities, financial services and investment management, intellectual property, litigation and government enforcement, real estate and structured finance. With integrated offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, Dechert has earned honors wherever its lawyers practice, and from industry publications including Chambers, The American Lawyer, Best Lawyers, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Law360. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.

Other notable recent awards include:

Being ranked amongst top law firms in mergemarket's M&A Round-up for H1 2012 and in Thomson Reuters' 2Q 2012M&A league tables in July 2012.

Dechert Recognized Among Top 10 Law Firms for Pro Bono Work by The American Lawyer in June 2012.

Dechert Ranked Among Top Law Firms in The American Lawyer's "Corporate Scorecard 2012" in April 2012.

Dechert Listed Among Top National Firms for Securities and White-Collar Crime in November 2011.

Best Lawyers Names Dechert "Law Firm of the Year" for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants in November 2011. In the same month the firm was also honored by multiple organizations for its Pro Bono practice.

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The firm recognizes the importance of having a more representative legal profession, one that can successfully address the challenges of a global economy, hence are committed to diversity to help better fulfill employees, clients and community expectations.

The firm's Diversity Committee is focused on translating its diversity commitment into action by developing and supporting new initiatives in the areas of leadership, recruiting, retention, professional development and community outreach to actively seek to identify, recruit and advance a more diverse group of lawyers.

The firm has sponsored diversity fellowships and internships, and has participated in minority job fairs and other diversity-related events at law schools where they recruit. Dechert has also sponsored and supported activities designed to encourage female law students to join the firm as associates and to increase the number of women associates who are retained and elevated to partner.

The firm holds annual diversity dinners in its U.S. offices that bring female and minority partners, associates and summer associates together. The firm has adopted formal policies permitting partners, counsel and associates-both men and women-to work part time while raising children or taking care of other family members.

Dechert is a signatory to official statements sponsored by the Philadelphia and New York City Bar Associations in support of increasing the representation of women and minorities in the legal community.

Summer associate program

Dechert gives it's associates the tools, experience and opportunities to develop into effective lawyers and leaders. The firm fosters a supportive, high performance culture by offering numerous outlets through which associates can enrich their careers. These opportunities range from firmwide trainings across all of its offices to individual shadowing opportunities.

The Critical Skills Institute, Dechert's core competency program, is designed to help associates think strategically about their professional goals and to identify actual steps they can take to reach those goals. The Critical Skills Framework focuses on four primary skills, Leadership, Communication, Client Relations and Management.

Through training methods such as interactive simulated experiences, presentations by partners and personal coaching workshops, the Institute helps participants develop their skills and maximize their potential.

Each fall, Dechert's new class of associates and its recent laterals attend a firmwide orientation which gives them an opportunity to meet the other members of their class and learn more about available firm resources.

Dechert supports mentoring as a way for associates to integrate into the firm and to advance professionally. Moreover, every associate is encouraged, under its shadowing program, to accompany a partner to an arbitration, board meeting, negotiation, hearing, trial, client meeting, client pitch or similar event. The purpose of shadowing a partner is for an associate to watch, listen and learn. Dechert's shadowing program greatly increases the opportunities for associates to interact with and learn from partners and associates are given 25 hours of credit for shadowing.

At Dechert, mid-year evaluations offer an informal check-in on an associate's development. Feedback is timely, candid, meaningful and constructive. Associate salaries are in the range of $145,000 to $160,000 for the first year and between $152,000 and 170,000 for the second year.

Working for the Dechert LLP.
If you're interested in working with highly-regarded attorneys across a broad range of top-rated practices, consider Dechert. Dechert's international network of offices offers an open and inclusive culture where you'll work alongside ambitious, talented colleagues who are often amongst the acknowledged leaders in their field.

Over the past decade, the firm has forged itself into one of the world's most respected and profitable law firms while expanding its global network of offices across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Moreover the firm's culture is firmly rooted in the democratic tradition. It welcomes all views and encourages frequent and extensive communications regarding issues of concern and interest. Its culture is also one of collaboration and mutual respect. It values the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, talents, and points of view.

Recognizing that Dechert also has a responsibility to help build and invest in local communities, the firm participates in pro bono activities, local work and learning programs, and charitable services.


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