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).

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

4K - 4.5K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

39 total (34 2Ls; 5 1Ls)


Base Salary

All U,S, Offices

Vault Verdict

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...

About the Firm


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...

Associate Reviews

  • Pre-pandemic, members of our group often went out to lunch together. Before and during the pandemic, there was/is an open door/open phone line policy for partners and associate alike so that members of the group can always reach out for help or advice on any topic. The day-to-day atmosphere is positive. Our group genuinely enjoys our work and working together and learning about new market developments.”
  • The atmosphere is very friendly and professional.”
  • People are very nice and really do seem to care about maintaining a collegial work environment. This was one of the prime reasons I chose to come to DLA and it has been borne out in life post-summer associate work.”
  • DLA is a very collegial place, where collaboration is encouraged. There is a sense of camaraderie among lawyers and staff alike, and the overall environment is one I would call supportive.”

Why Work Here

DLA Piper is one of the largest business law firms in the world and one of the most recognized law firm brands globally. We are an innovative and entrepreneurial firm, deeply committed to our values: our people, our clients and our community. We invite you to meet our people and learn more about life at DLA Piper.

Diversity at DLA Piper

"DIVERSITY & INCLUSION At DLA Piper, our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) mission is to emerge as a leader through insight, innovation, diversity and inclusion. We will put our people first as we work to deliver excellence in service to our clients. We accomplish this by working with firm leadership to integrate our goals and concepts into the way in which the Firm manages its people and business. OUR COMMITMENT Our D&I efforts are initiated and led from the very top of the global firm by our senior..."

Getting Hired Here

  • As a lateral, the firm was very supportive of bringing me into the culture and providing a similar track to other associates.”
  • I was quickly integrated onto our larger projects, which helped [me] meet the team as well as contribute from day one.”
  • Warm welcome from everyone so far.”

Perks & Benefits