As a global giant, Dentons provides a plethora of opportunities for associates to grow in their legal careers. Strong mentorship complements early responsibility, and many associates envision long-term careers at the firm. More than 12,000 lawyers at Dentons work in a grand total of 40 practice areas across 24 different sectors, such as energy, financial institutions, government, life sciences and health care, manufacturing, private equity, real estate, technology, and transportation.
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Grades and personality are crucial for landing a spot at Dentons. Colleagues are friendly with one another, but the social scene tends to be more work-day than after-hours focused. In many ways, the firm is transparent, but associates feel there is not enough insight into compensation. Some associates think the 2,000-hour billable requirement is high, but most are busy enough that they meet it without issue. Associates appreciate the flexibility they have in when and where they get work done. The biggest gripe is compensation—it’s black box, and bonuses are reportedly below market, contingent on billables, and aren’t paid out as early as associates would like. Associates get quality work and are given significant trust to take on responsibility at an early stage. The firm provides...
Borne of a history of combinations, Dentons is the Pac-Man of law firms. The rapid growth began in 2010, when Chicago’s Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal—known for its real estate prowess—and U.K.-based Denton Wilde Sapte joined forces to create SNR Denton. Soon after launching, SNR Denton set its sights on Europe and Canada, courting Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn and Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC). The March 2013 mega-combination of these three firms—SNR Denton, Salans and FMC—created Dentons. The new law firm was immediately one of the world’s largest with locations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. But the firm wasn’t done. In January 2015, the partners of Dentons and 大成 (pronounced Da-CHUNG)—the largest law firm in China—announced the approval of an historic combination between the...