2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The attorneys I work with are great people.”
“Hours requirements and recording billable time.”
“There is a lack of transparency when it comes to big firmwide decision-making processes.”
About DLA Piper
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 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 10 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.
DLA Piper is committed to providing superb client service throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This is achieved through the exceptional work of our lawyers, and the need for top legal talent has continued. The health and safety of our applicants and employees is a top priority of the firm. With that in mind, the firm has continued to interview, hire and onboard new employees and partners remotely throughout the past several months. All of the firm’s open lateral positions are posted at: https://www.dlapipercareers.us/laterals/. During the fall of 2020 and early winter in 2021, the firm expects to recruit for the summer associate class of 2021. We intend to participate in numerous OCI and job fairs across the country, but we also welcome applications from students directly on our website. Students can apply for summer associate positions at https://dlapiperus.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=20000306&lang=en&sns. All interested applicants are encouraged to sign-up for job alerts at: https://www.dlapipercareers.us/.
News & Awards
DLA Piper received a 2020 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). This year’s award honors law firms with pro bono programs serving vulnerable people fleeing to the U.S. border, including helping pro se individuals better represent themselves, as well as providing direct legal representation for individuals and families in family separation, detention, and immigration proceedings.
DLA Piper has committed to participating in Mansfield 4.0, the fourth round of certification based on the Mansfield Rule. Through this initiative, participating law firms consider at least 30 percent women lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.
DLA Piper, through its award-winning New Perimeter affiliate, recently completed a training program at the Akilah Institute in Rwanda aimed at helping young women protect themselves from violence, harassment, and human trafficking. DLA Piper attorneys from around the world worked over a three-day period with more than 1,200 students and faculty in 17 different training sessions.
DLA Piper was one of just three law firms recognized as Inclusion Blueprint Champions in the "Firm Leadership" category by ChIPs and Diversity Lab. DLA Piper was also recognized as one of the top 10 highest-scoring firms in the ChIPs Honor Roll. The Inclusion Blueprint is a joint initiative by Diversity Lab and ChIPs that measures whether firms have implemented proven practices to attract and retain diverse talent.
- DLA Piper advised T-Mobile US, Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG on regulatory and litigation matters in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
- DLA Piper represented Concord in a US$600 million term loan B debt offering and US$450 million revolving credit facility in one of the largest recent music industry financings.
- DLA Piper served as privacy diligence counsel for Visa in its US$5.3 billion acquisition of fintech company Plaid.
- DLA Piper represented AS Roma SPV in the €591 million sale of its controlling interest in Italian soccer club AS Roma, and related assets, to The Friedkin Group.
- No. 1 Global M&A Deal Volume for the tenth consecutive year, 2019—Mergermarket
- No. 1 Most Active Law Firm in Global M&A Deals, 2019—PitchBook
- No. 1 Law Firm for Innovation in the Business of Law: Diversity and Inclusion, 2019—Financial Times
- No. 1 Top-Performing Law Firm for Social Media, 2019—Good2bSocial
- No. 2 Most Powerful Law Firm Brand in the World, 2019—Acritas
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.
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 335-4500
Chair (Americas): Frank Ryan
Co-U.S. Managing Partners (Americas): Jackie Park & Richard Chesley
National Hiring Partners, Associate Recruiting: Kathryn Grasso and Raj Shah
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
4K - 4.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Atlanta; Phoenix; Raleigh; Short Hills
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,269/week All other U.S. Offices
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week *Associate compensation is a set lockstep system (same base salary for each class year) according to market.
Director of Legal Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 28
No. of International Offices: 66
Atlantic City, NJ
Baltimore, MD (Downtown & Mount Washington)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown & Century City)
New York, NY
Northern Virginia, VA
San Diego, CA (Downtown & Golden Triangle)
San Francisco, CA
San Juan, PR
Short Hills, NJ
Silicon Valley, CA
+66 international locations
Finance (including Investment Management & Real Estate Capital Markets)
Intellectual Property & Technology
Litigation & Regulatory
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.