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 diversity and innovation. 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.
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While each Dechert office focuses its hiring efforts on a slightly different pool of law schools, one thing all candidates must have is a friendly personality. The firm is quite social and has made an effort to maintain its culture with virtual events throughout the pandemic. Partners are respectful, and associates truly enjoy working with them. Firm leadership offers up information about firm performance and financials, but some associates note a lack of transparency into promotion decisions. Reviews take place twice per year. The billable-hour requirement is 1,950 hours, which keeps associates busy, but they feel it is reasonable—they also love that 200 hours (often more) pro bono hours count as billable. Associates are very satisfied with their pay, but a few wish bonuses weren...
In all we do, we aim to be a force for good for our employees, our clients and our world. With a history reaching back more than 145 years, giving back to those less fortunate and taking care of our community is in the Dechert DNA.
In another year marked by the effects of the pandemic, Dechert emphasized the vast array of...
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 bus...
From the Firm: “Our parental leave policy gives all caretakers at least 12 full weeks and birth mothers an additional 8 weeks of disability.”
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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