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VAULT'S VERDICT:

Few firms stretch as far and as wide as DLA Piper, both geographically and in practice areas. The firm fills its ranks with talented lateral associates and students from a diverse array of law schools. Each associate needs to dive in the deep end of the pool and handle substantive, important work from the get go. With a relatively flat hierarchy, firm partners work to develop and train associates by passing down knowledge and mentoring on case teams. Everyone from the top down is respectful, supportive, and kind. The firm sponsors social events, from lunches to coffee breaks to happy hours for attorneys to network and support one another. DLA Piper allows associates to work remotely, which allows for better work-life balance, and firm technology makes working from home seamless. Work is evenly distributed even with a free market system, and associates appreciate they have control over schedules. The firm has a billable hour requirement of 1,850 hours, with allowances for 150 hours for pro bono, diversity, recruiting, and other non-client activities. Training at the firm is practical and thorough throughout an associate’s career. Promotion to partnership is doable, but other opportunities like becoming of counsel, going in-house, or government positions are plentiful. DLA Piper pays its associates well and provides bonuses for hitting hours and provides extra bonuses for exceeding hours. Wellness benefits and perks are appreciated, with services for counseling, fitness programs, and support for parents, to name a few. Associates are expected to work at least 60 hours on pro bono matters, emphasizing the firm’s commitment to social issues. Diversity efforts are a work in progress, with many popular affinity groups and active recruitment and retention efforts being made by the firm.

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