DLA Piper.

DLA Piper.

4 Star Rating     4 reviews

Main Office:
3 Noble Street | London | London | EC2V 7EE
Phone: 440-8700-111111  | Fax: 440-2077-966666 

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Year of establishment 2005 Number of Partners 194
Number of offices 77 Partner:associate ratio 0.30
Biggest office London Percentage of women attorneys 38.20
Number of attorneys 1251 Percentage of minority attorneys 21.90
Number of associates 711 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 6.50
DLA Piper.
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DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients. We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

DLA Piper. Reviews

- Reviewed on October 24, 2017

Provide more training for management. Allow more flexibility for the staff.

Pros : They are a large global law firm. The atmosphere is innovative and professional. Staff is friendly and supportive. I really enjoy working here.
Cons : There is not a good work/life balance at the firm. Management doesn't always run things well.
Current or former employee? : Current Employee

- Reviewed on March 23, 2017

The firm should encourage, rather than discourage associates. The partners should work on better associate retention rates ... the firm has a hard time retaining associates...and it's not difficult to tell why. Some associates are ridiculously harsh and so are some of the partners. If people just made work life a bit easier, it would be a much better place.

Pros : The firm is fairly large and you get to, in theory, be a part of a global brand. The firm has offices everywhere. However, it is almost certain you will not be able to work from other offices throughout the globe due to your work. You will get to interact via email (on a few transactions during your tenure) with colleagues from around the world (depending on the nature of the transaction you are on). You will not actually be able to go and visit different offices because of your insane work obligations. An additional benefit is that the firm has good prestige. But your experience will generally not be so great. Most of the partners are difficult to work with. Most of the partners do not care about associate growth. At the end of the day it's like the feudal system. You work to make the partners money. They tell you you're getting paid a lot and guilt you into working harder and harder. For each associate, they receive millions in fees. You get a tiny percentage of what you bring in.
Cons : The compensation is terrible. The partners are cheap. The partners try to nickel and dime associates. There is no reward for working hard. The work might be complex at times and both challenging and interesting. However, you will almost always come to a point where you think about whether this is worth it. At the end of the day, while you make better money than others in the economy, you REALLY do work around the clock. If others worked as many hours as you did (for example, let's say someone who is doing a regular 9-5 job getting paid $30 an hour), they'd make just as much money as you do or come pretty close to it without the added expense of law school. They work you like crazy (sometimes you end up billing more than 100 hours in a week -- think how much actual time something like that would require -- 120? 140? 160? ... just leave it up to your imagination). This kind of job is good for one to come in, work hard while they are young, and save up ... then just leave ... for most people, this lifestyle will not be worth it.
Approve of the CEO[?] : Yes
Recommend this employer to a friend? : Yes
Business outlook for the next 6 months? : up
Current or former employee? : Current Employee
Job type : Full time

Notable cases

  • Redevelopment of the World Trade Center: The firm represents the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in all aspects of this redevelopment in Lower Manhattan.
  • Redevelopment of Intercity and Commuter Railway System of Istanbul: The firm represents the Ministry of Transportation of Turkey in an ICC arbitration worth

Awards and recognitions

Top Labor & Employment Lawyer (Daily Journal list of 75 "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California" 2012)
National Law Journal/Legal Times "Champion" (Fifth Annual Legal Times "Champions & Visionaries" Awards 2012)
Second Rank, World's Leading Law Firms (Law360 "Global 20," 2012)
Leaders in Business Law (Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012)
Philadelphia Litigation Practice recognized as "Litigation Departments of the Year" (The Legal Intelligencer 2012)
The World's Leading IP Strategists (Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Strategy 300, 2012)
First Rank by Lawyer Head Count and Third Rank by Revenue (The American Lawyer's list of "Biggest 25 Litigation Departments," 2012)
2012 International Franchise Law Firm of the Year (Who's Who Legal)
2012 International Real Estate Law Firm of the Year (Who's Who Legal)
Turkish Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2012)


As a leading law firm, DLA Piper promotes an all-inclusive culture, where everyone, irrespective of background, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation, has equal opportunity to grow their career. The firm believes that fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion helps it to attract the best talent from across the continents and build the most effective teams that enable the firm to deliver the highest level of service to its clients. These values are apparent in every aspect of the firm and the way it conducts business with its clients.

DLA Piper's management board is responsible for developing the firm's strategy for diversity and implementing it across the firm's global offices, thereby ensuring that the firm's diversity objectives are successfully met. In fact, the firm has very active diversity committees across its offices that create an empowering environment for all its employees through innovative programs such as the Global Women's Leadership Summit.

Summer associate program

DLA Piper's eight-week summer programs focus on offering substantial real-time pragmatic legal experience and helping law students make an impact in a wide range of practice areas. The summer associates are rotated through several practice groups and encouraged to work on areas of specific interest. Some of the popular summer associate programs at the firm include the following:

Two-week program in overseas offices
Two-week public interest fellowship in New York
In-house internship at a major consulting firm

A survey of the summer associates at DLA Piper revealed that the supervising attorneys constantly provided constructive feedback to the associates at every opportunity, thereby helping the summer associates steepen their learning curve and excel at their assignments.

The supervising attorneys also conduct weekly training sessions including a writing seminar for the summer associates. Further, DLA Piper organizes a range of social events, including golf and cooking lessons, every year in order to help summer associates get to know the firm and its people better.

Working for the DLA Piper.

Working at DLA Piper is one of the most exciting opportunities that one can come across while practicing law in the twenty-first century. Being the largest firm worldwide in terms of the number of attorneys, DLA Piper boasts of an unrivalled variety of work globally across a wide variety of industries and sectors. It does not believe in shortcuts and encourages its employees to work hard for their success.

Having its roots in entrepreneurial regional firms, each with its unique style and exceptional history of client success, DLA Piper truly admires enterprise and imagination in its employees and rewards them accordingly. With its diverse set of legal professionals who are abound with energy, committed to working in a collaborative environment and helping their clients succeed, and extremely intelligent and ambitious, DLA Piper is a firm where you will have the opportunity to work with kindred spirits and exceptional mentors who will lead you toward an extraordinary legal career.


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