Ex-Dechert Associate Allowed to Go Ahead With Retaliation Claim...
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|Year of establishment||1875||Number of partners||288|
|Number of offices||30||Partner to associate ratio||0.50|
|Biggest office||Philadelphia||Percentage of women attorneys||35.90|
|Number of attorneys||940||Percentage of minority attorneys||12.00|
|Number of associates||573||Percentage of LGBT attorneys||2.60|
Current Employee - Reviewed on May 28, 2020
Former employee Senior associate in Philadelphia,PA City, - Reviewed on March 15, 2020
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.
Dechert LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
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.
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.
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.
Ex-Dechert Associate Allowed to Go Ahead With Retaliation Claim...
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