Dechert is a global firm, but its collegial culture seems to create a sense of close community. The firm encourages attorneys to participate beyond billables, offering a “STARS” award and bonus for contributions related to teaching, diversity and innovation. It is recognized as well as one of the best law firms for pro bono work, with many accolades and many hours contributed every year.
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Though it doesn’t employ as many attorneys—1,000—as some of the world’s legal behemoths, Dechert has globalized its commercial practice to 22 locations. Hiring of new associates is not limited to only those from T14 schools, though grades are still an important factor. Moreso, the firm is looking for hard-working, well-rounded team players whose values align with the firm’s. Dechert culture emphasizes collegiality and collaboration, even across practice groups and offices, and attorneys seem to enjoy spending time together in and outside of the office. Partners are accessible and helpful, and take an interest in not only associates’ professional development, but in how they’re doing personally. Integration of lateral hires and clerks has been somewhat hindered by COVID and remote ...
Dechert has built a global platform across 21 locations with a singular focus – delivering the highest-quality advice that is actionable, commercial and delivered efficiently. Our firm undertakes work for 40 of the “Fortune 100” companies and represents more than 200 private equity and investment firms. We also advise 9 of the top 10 globa...
Since its founding in 1875, Dechert has become a force in the global legal market. In the United States, the firm is known for its work in antitrust, international arbitration, financial services, life sciences, strategic transactions and private equity, litigation, white collar, product liability, real estate, and securities.
George Tucker Bispham and Wayne MacVeagh partnered together to form MacVeagh & Bispham in 1875. MacVeagh would eventually leave the firm to become U.S. Attorney General and then ambassador to Italy. During World War II, the firm saw many of its attorneys leave to join the war effort. In response, the firm merged with Dechert, Smith and Clark.
In the late 1990s, Dechert began reshaping its business model to become more spec...
Culture at Dechert
It takes a committed, global team to deliver the excellence in service and innovative thinking our clients expect. Cultivating creativity to harness the very best ideas comes from respecting and valuing everyone’s voice, and creating a shared enjoyment in all that we do. At Dechert, we believe that building community within the workplace and with our clients – whether multinational companies or pro bono causes – is the key to success. It’s about building a firm where people are trusted and empowered to do their very best.
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