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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 achieved a defense victory for client Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and BMW of North America, LLC in the US District Court of Maryland in a patent infringement lawsuit initiated by US patent assertion entity Paice LLC and the Abell Foundation, Inc. (May 2023)
  • DLA Piper advised T-Mobile US, Inc. in its acquisition of spectrum licenses in the 600 MHz band from Comcast in exchange for a total cash consideration of between $1.2 billion and $3.3 billion. (Sept 2023)
  • DLA Piper achieved a significant defense victory for client Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in a lawsuit filed by Marina Pacific Hotel and Suites, marking the conclusion of the first COVID-19 business interruption trial in California. (May 2023)
  • DLA Piper advised Qatar Sports Investments in connection with its landmark strategic partnership and investment deal with Arctos Sports Partners in which Arctos will acquire a minority equity stake in Paris Saint-Germain. (Dec 2023)
  • DLA Piper advised the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, one of the world’s most supported women’s soccer clubs, in its sale to RAJ Sports, led by the Bhathal family. (Jan 2024)
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Innovative Lawyers in Technology/ Innovative Practitioner, 2023 – Financial Times
  • Mansfield Rule 6.0 Certified Plus, 2023—Diversity Lab 
  • #1 most active law firm for combined global deal volume in mergers & acquisitions, venture capital and private equity, 2024 – PitchBook
  • Leading Edge Law Firms, 2024 – BTI Consulting Group 
  • Best Use of AI, 2024 – Law.com/ Legaltech News

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 (2024):
4.5K - 5K
No. of Partners Named 2024:
24
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000

No. of U.S. Offices: 24

No. of International Offices: 62

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
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