Get your passport ready—DLA Piper has more than 90 offices around the world and is home to more than 4,000 lawyers. These lawyers work across dozens of practices, and the firm is lauded for its Data Protection, Privacy, and Security. Collaboration and professionalism are key to this firm’s collegial culture. DLA Piper advises clients across more than a dozen industries and eight major practice areas (with a host of sub-practices).
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DLA Piper boasts a supportive, friendly environment—this isn’t a firm for big egos. Doors and phone lines are always open, and partners care about associate well-being. There is a 2,000-hour billable requirement, and while associates don’t feel pressure to exceed this amount, they have been quite busy recently. Associates are happy with their compensation for the most part and appreciate that high billers can earn above-market bonuses. They’re grateful for the recent COVID bonus, though some wish the firm had paid a similar bonus in 2020. The firm offers various tech options, and associates have found working from home throughout the pandemic to be efficient. Associates are given a fair amount of responsibility early on and feel excited about the firm’s sophisticated work. There d...
With approximately 4,300 lawyers in 90-plus offices around the globe, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms—both by headcount and by revenue—in the world.
From Big to Ginormous
DLA Piper is a law firm empire. Its massive growth is the result of 2005’s tripartite merger between U.K. firm DLA, Chicago/Baltimore-based Piper Rudnick, and California’s Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich—and the whirlwind of acquisitions that followed. Spurring the growth were healthy real estate, litigation, corporate, and private equity practices and the absorption of entire departments from rival firms. In September 2006, the firm cut its name from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary to the concise DLA Piper, a change reflecting its new emphasis on global brand building. The fi...
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