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At a Glance

Uppers

“Diversity of tasks.”

“Flexibility and work-life balance.”

Downers

“Long hours like any firm.”

“The technology could be better.”

About DLA Piper

With approximately 4,300 lawyers in 90-plus offices (including relationship firms) 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 firm’s 2011 merger with DLA Phillips Fox in Australia pushed the firm over the 4,000-attorney mark, bringing the already super-sized firm from huge to gigantic. Since then, in the Americas, the firm has combined with Davis LLP to bring its platform into Canada; expanded into Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Puerto Rico; and grown its entertainment, real estate, and other regional sector and practice capabilities through a merger with Liner LLP in Los Angeles.

Give Them Privacy

DLA Piper advises clients across more than a dozen industries and eight major practice areas (with a host of sub-practices). With newly introduced artificial intelligence, proptech, fintech, and blockchain and digital assets practices and a top-notch practice in data protection, privacy, and security, DLA Piper has its finger on the pulse of the modern business world. The firm ranks among the top 5 firms in Vault’s Privacy & Data Security ranking—and for good reason. Its lawyers handle everything from compliance and data mapping to data security and consumer protection regulation to global data transfer management and lobbying—and everything in between. 

With 500 lawyers strong, DLA Piper’s Real Estate department is another major focus for the firm. The firm is available to help clients with real estate litigation and also a host of other areas, including financing, development, asset management, REITs, and construction issues. DLA Piper also produces a publication called the Real Estate Gazette, which compiles articles on legislation and case law affecting the real estate world. 

The firm’s Employment practice is also highly regarded. The practice reaches across the globe and includes both local and cross-border work. Among the areas the firm counsels on are discrimination, employee benefits, global employment law compliance, global governance and compliance, labor relations, litigation, and workforce restructuring, to name some.

Add a Stamp

Some firms offer their attorneys secondment opportunities, but not every firm has a Global Mobility team like DLA Piper. This team provides support to lawyers who embark on secondments—many of which are international. Through the firm’s Global Mobility program, lawyers can work in another location for six months—something the firm thinks enhances its lawyers’ global mindset.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • DLA Piper advises Eagle Football on acquisition of controlling stake in Olympique Lyonnais (Dec 2022).
  • DLA Piper advises Concord in its $1.8 billion record-breaking music securitization (Dec 2022).
  • DLA Piper advises LEGO Group in its $1 billion plan to build its first factory in the US (July 2022).
  • DLA Piper advises W. P. Carey in its proposed $2.7 billion acquisition of CPA:18 (March 2022).
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Appellate Hot List, 2022—National Law Journal 
  • Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus, 2022—Diversity Lab
  • Most Innovative Law Firms in North America, 2022—Financial Times
  • 50 Best Law Firms for Women, 2022—Seramount
  • BTI Client Service A-Team, 2022—BTI Consulting Group

Why Work Here

We are, at our core, bold, exceptional, collaborative and supportive.

Our people are the backbone, heart and soul of our firm. Wherever you are in your professional journey, DLA Piper is a place you can engage in meaningful work and grow your career.

DLA Piper

1251 Avenue of the Americas
27th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 335-4500

Firm Stats

Chairman (Americas): Frank Ryan
Co-U.S. Managing Partners (Americas): Jackie Park & Richard Chesley
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
4.5K - 5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
23
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135

Employment Contact

Stacy Silverstone
Chief Talent Acquisition Officer
(404) 736-7821
stacy.silverstone@us.dlapiper.com
https:// https://www.dlapiper.com/en-us/careers

No. of U.S. Offices: 26

No. of International Offices: 62

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Atlantic City, NJ
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA (2 offices)
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Raleigh, NC
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Reston, VA
San Juan, PR
Seattle, WA
Short Hills, NJ
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE
+62 international locations

Major Departments

Corporate
Employment
Finance (including Investment Management, Real Estate Capital Markets & Restructuring)
Intellectual Property & Technology
Litigation
Private Equity
Real Estate
Regulatory & Government Affairs
Tax
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.