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At a Glance


“The people, level of substantive work, and a healthy outlook on work-life balance.”

“Our specialists (tax, employee benefits, IP, international trade, etc.) are really strong and make life easier as an associate.”


“Stress of high-level work. At times, associates with good reputations can be overwhelmed with work.”

“Transparency related to performance evaluation/progression could be better.”

About Dechert

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.

Business Savvy

The firm’s long history includes founders who served as U.S. ambassadors and law professors, historic clients like The Pennsylvania Railroad, and mergers influenced by world wars. In the late 1990s, Dechert began reshaping its business model to become more specialized. The firm began focusing on private equity, intellectual property, and white-collar criminal defense. The firm also underwent significant expansion overseas beginning in the late ’90s and through the early 21st century, adding offices everywhere from France and China to Dubai and Singapore.

A Range of Expertise

With offices around the globe, Dechert handles cross-border work, has a bustling corporate practice, and is known for its litigation savvy. The firm advises across multiple industries, including banking and financial institutions, energy, financial services, fintech, healthcare, insurance, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and more. 

Dechert has one of the world’s premier financial services practices. The firm represents all 10 of the top 10 global asset managers, drawing on both its far-reaching domestic and international presence and its practice leaders, who are considered some of the biggest players in the market.

Its litigation team has more than 350 attorneys with deep experiences in a wide range of areas, including complex commercial litigation, ranging from product liability to appellate litigation, to private equity industry litigation. Meanwhile, its highly regarded real estate lawyers approach their matters from a cross-practice standpoint, bringing in knowledge of construction, environmental, regulatory compliance, litigation, and tax to address client needs.

A Supportive Culture

Dechert has found a unique way of rewarding mentoring and teaching within the ranks through its “Exceptional Teacher Awards” program. All attorneys, business professionals, and practice groups are invited to nominate the most proactive individuals who have made exceptional efforts to train and develop the firms’ people. Nominations are reviewed by a formal committee of partners and associates, and recipients are awarded $10,000 plus a commemorative plaque. The firm offers similar awards for Diversity Champions and Innovators.

Support comes in many forms, and another way that the firm stands by its lawyers is through wellness initiatives. THRIVE@Dechert is a work-life and wellness program that offers resources for healthy living, including Meditation Mondays—30 minutes of guided meditation led by a certified meditation teacher—and Mental Health Advocates, who are employees trained to both recognize and support colleagues struggling with mental health issues.

News & Awards

  • Dechert advised Energy Harbor Corp. in its proposed acquisition by Vistra Corp. The transaction combines Energy Harbor's nuclear and retail businesses with Vistra's nuclear and retail businesses and Vistra Zero renewables and storage projects under a new subsidiary holding company, referred to as "Vistra Vision."
  • Dechert advised KKR with more than 22 individual financing transactions totaling over US$11 billion, including asset-based facilities, rated notes issuances, repurchase transactions and other innovative structures.
  • Dechert secured victory for Zillow, in a high-stakes federal lawsuit. The case was brought by REX-Real Estate Exchange, alleging anticompetitive and deceptive behavior relating to Zillow’s display of online real estate listings. The jury rejected REX’s claims, clearing Zillow of all allegations and negating REX’s claims for over US$400 million in damages.
  • Dechert works with Freedom Now, an international organization established to seek the release of prisoners of conscience globally. Dechert lawyers liaise with local counsel and clients’ families; submit petitions to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and coordinate advocacy efforts of governments and special interest groups to secure clients’ release. Several clients have been liberated from prison.
  • Top 10 for both United States and international pro bono work, 2023—The American Lawyer
  • Only law firm ranked ‘Elite’ in all categories, 2023—Chambers Associate
  • Recognized among the ‘Most Innovative Law Firms’ in North America, Europe and Asia, 2023—Financial Times
  • ‘Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services’, 2023—Great Place to Work
  • Recognized among the ‘100 Best Companies’, 2023—Seramount

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1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 698-3500

Firm Stats

Co-Chairs: David W. Forti and Mark E. Thierfelder
Global Managing Partners: Vincent Cohen and Sabina Comis
Hiring Leadership: Hiring Committee Chair: Laura G. Ciabarra; Hiring Partners: Jeffrey B. Plies (Austin); John Rearick, Samuel H. Gilbert (Boston); Stewart McQueen (Charlotte); Andrew S. Boutros, Angela M. Liu (Chicago); Kevin Cahill (Los Angeles); Mara Cusker-Gonzalez, Angelina Liang(New York); Eric S. Siegel, Allie Misner Wasserman (Philadelphia); Joshua D.N. Hess (San Francisco); S. Michael Song (Silicon Valley); Darshak Dholakia, Philip T. Hinkle (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 10

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC
Hong Kong