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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.











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Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Friendly and business oriented staff

Current Employee

Full time

Reviewed on March 15, 2020
Senior associate Philadelphia,PA

Continue to teach associates to write well; Insist on the highest quality legal writing. Continue to have Partners and senior associates review and edit your briefs until they are best possible. Teach associates will to revise their briefs 5 or more times. This will teach them to think as well as write 2. Ensure Partners treat associates and staff with respect. 3.Fire any associate who seeks to undermine another associates career to get ahead. 4. Continue excellent pro bono work, such as exoneration of wrongfully convicted man who spent years in penitentiary. Bravo.

1. Insistence on the highest quality legal writing. Partners and senior associates will review and edit your briefs until they are best possible. You will learn to revise your briefs 5 or more times. This will teach you to think as well as write 2. Partners will treat you with respect. 3. Your fellow associates will be personable. It is the rare associate who will seek to undermine your career to get ahead

Ocassionaly you will encounter the following: an associates who will seek to undermine your career to get ahead; a partner who will put huge pressure on you, but never commend your work, firm policy and promises of respect, mutual respect and teamwork will never filter down; firm has expanded to point where original culture has dissipated; the golden handcuffs syndrome. Litigators will seldom try a case except in pro bono matters (includes partners).

Former employee


Full time

8-10 years


Founded in 1875, Philadelphia, Philadelphia based Dechert is a leading international law firm with 26 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm has 800 lawyers, through whom they deliver seamless, high-quality legal services to clients wherever they do business. The firm maintains offices in Philadelphia, London, Boston, New York City, Brussels, Harrisburg, Hartford, Newport Beach, Paris; Princeton, Luxembourg, and Washington D.C., providing legal counsel in a wide range of specialties, from banking, taxation, and antitrust to intellectual property, biotechnology, litigation, and employment law. Dechert's 800 lawyers serve large multinational companies, small startups firms, nonprofit groups, government agencies, and individuals. Its predecessor firms represented the Pennsylvania Railroad and Getty Oil Company, among others. Contemporary clients include 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. Francis Biddle and U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Joseph Clark were three prominent Dechert partners. The firm's focus on providing strategic, pragmatic and responsive legal counsel in each of its core practices has made it the firm of choice for clients seeking to structure transactions, manage risk, protect and develop assets, pursue remedies and resolve disputes. Dechert's history is both long and impressive. It is one of the largest international law firms, more so after a major merger in 2000. Dechert began its journey to its current name and standing in 1875, with Wayne Mac Veagh and George Tucker Bispham starting a partnership to form, MacVeagh & Bispham, in Philadelphia in 1875. Bispham, was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Law School whilst Mac Veagh had graduated from Yale in 1853 and then studied as an apprentice in a law firm before joining the bar in 1856. After the Civil War, Mac Veagh served as the U.S. minister to Turkey and on an Indian commission. In 1877 the firm marked a major turning point when Mac Veagh was named general counsel and solicitor for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Philadelphia District. Thus began about a century of service to one of the nation's largest railroads. With America's entry into World War II, the firm, then known as Barnes, Myers & Price, lost most of its lawyers to military or government service. With just a handful of lawyers remaining, Barnes, Myers & Price in 1942 merged with another Philadelphia law firm, Dechert, Smith & Clark, established by Robert Dechert and Curtis Bok in 1930. As laws and regulations governing corporate entities proliferated, the firm offered a more diverse range of services. Focused practice groups, including taxation (headed by Dechert himself), business & corporate, fiduciary and litigation, were introduced in 1946. In 1954 the firm hired its first full-time female associate, but it was not until 1973 that a woman became a Dechert partner. Amongst the first law firms to recognize the significance of serving clients abroad Dechert established offices in Brussels, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Munich, Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow, Dublin, Frankfurt, Almaty, Dubai and Tbilisi. In 1994 Dechert Price & Rhoads had formed an alliance with the London law firm Titmuss Sainer & Webb. After six years of the alliance, the two firms merged in 2000 to create a unified partnership called, simply, Dechert that by 2001 included 700 lawyers in 12 worldwide offices. Known since the new millennium as Dechert LLP, the firm has numerous top-ranked practices and an impressive global footprint. Dechert lawyers represent major players on the world economic scene in headline-making matters requiring in-depth experience, deft strategic thinking and a solid grasp of the big picture.

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 LLP. Awards and Recognitions Write a review

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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