Chicago, United States
|No. of attorneys||Approximately 4,200|
|Major practice areas||Arbitration, Banking, Competition and Trade, Corporate Crime, Corporate Finance, Employment, Energy, Government Affairs, Hospitality and Leisure, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Pensions, Private Equity, Real Estate, Restructuring, Tax, Technology|
|Key people||Lee Miller (Global Co-Chairman)
Anthony Angel (Global Co-Chairman)
Sir Nigel Knowles (Joint CEO)
Terry O'Malley (Joint CEO)
|Revenue||US$2.48 billion (2013)|
|Profit per equity partner||US$1.325 million (2013)|
|Date founded||2005 (by merger)|
|Company type||Swiss Verein (2 LLPs)|
DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. In 2013 it had total revenues of US$2.48 billion and average profit per equity partner of US$1.325 million. It is the largest law firm in the world measured by revenue.
DLA Piper was formed in January 2005 by a merger between three law firms: San Diego-based Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, Chicago-based Piper Rudnick LLP and United Kingdom-based DLA LLP. It is composed of two partnerships, the United Kingdom-based DLA Piper International LLP and the United States-based DLA Piper US LLP. The two partnerships share a single global board and are structured as a Swiss Verein.
DLA Piper's origins can be traced back to Sir Charles Lupton OBE (1855–1935), who qualified as a solicitor in 1881 practising mainly at Dibb & Co., later Dibb Lupton in Leeds. Lupton was the Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1915–16. He is the great great granduncle of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Piper Rudnick was the result of a 1999 merger between the Baltimore-based Piper & Marbury and Chicago-based Rudnick & Wolfe. At the time, the merger was the largest law firm merger in history. The combined firm was known as Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP until April 2002, when the firm shortened its name to Piper Rudnick LLP.
Piper Rudnick acquired the Washington, D.C. based lobbying firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in September 2002.
2005 to 2010
In July 2004 UK-based law firm DLA LLP and Chicago-based law firm Piper Rudnick announced their intention to merge on 1 January 2005. DLA had been the result of a mid-1990s merger between three UK firms, Dibb Lupton Broomhead, Alsop Stevens, and Wilkinson Kimbers.
Piper Rudnick agreed to merge with San Diego-based law firm Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP in October 2004, forming a firm with around 1,300 lawyers and 20 offices across the United States. In December 2004 DLA LLP, Gray Cary and Piper Rudnick, the latter two of which had yet to complete their merger, announced that the partners of each firm had approved a three-way merger. The merger became effective on 1 January 2005 and the new firm was named DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. The merger was structured in the form of two limited liability partnerships, DLA Piper International LLP, and DLA Piper US LLP, which share a single management board but are not financially integrated.
In July 2005 DLA Piper acquired EY Law's 87 lawyer operation in the Commonwealth of Independent States, including offices in Moscow and St Petersburg. In December 2005 DLA Piper opened an office in Beijing, having recruited a team of lawyers from the Beijing office of Coudert Brothers.
In January 2006 DLA Piper opened its first office in the Middle East, in Dubai. The firm has since opened offices in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha, Kuwait City, Manama, Muscat, Riyadh and Jeddah. On 1 September 2006 the firm shortened its name to DLA Piper. DLA Piper merged with its Norway-based alliance firm DLA Nordic in the same month, and formed an alliance with the Australia-based law firm Phillips Fox in November 2006, with Phillips Fox rebranding as DLA Phillips Fox.
2010 to present
In January 2011 DLA Piper and DLA Phillips Fox announced their intention to merge. The merger was approved by partners of both firms in February and was completed on 1 May, when DLA Phillips Fox become part of DLA Piper International LLP. Later in the same month DLA Phillips Fox's former New Zealand-based offices separated to form an independent firm, which continues under the DLA Phillips Fox name. DLA Piper formed an alliance with Venezuela-based law firm InterJuris Abogados in February 2011, which subsequently renamed as DLA Interjuris.
- United States
- Atlantic City
- Baltimore (Downtown & Mount Washington)
- Florham Park
- La Jolla
- Los Angeles (Century City & Downtown)
- New York City
- San Diego (Downtown & Golden Triangle)
- San Francisco
- Silicon Valley
- Washington, DC
- "Facts and Figures". DLA Piper. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "DLA Piper's Gross Revenue Rises 8.6 Percent to $2.44 billion". The AmLaw Daily. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Our History". DLA Piper. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
- "Firm Leadership". DLA Piper. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
- "CWGC – Casualty Details: Lupton, Charles Roger". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- Ravetz, Alison (1974). The Linguistic Atlas of Scotland. London: Croom Helm Ltd. ISBN 9780856641602. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "UK City Firms : DLA Piper (London)". rollonfriday.com. 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- Leeds Public Library. "History of Quarry Hill, Leeds". UK Gov. (Leeds). Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "BBC – Leeds – In Pictures – Quarry Hill's history". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- Reed, Michael (5 April 2013). "Duchess of Cambridge not posh? Her ancestor was lord mayor of Leeds". The Guardian (London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- Lupton, C.A. , The Lupton Family in Leeds, Wm. Harrison and Son 1965
- Dash, Eric (19 October 2004). "Two Law Firms to Join Forces". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- Rulison, Larry (5 April 2002). "Piper dropping the 'Marbury' name". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Company Overview of Verner Lipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Nigel Knowles tours UK to drum up support for 'DLA Piper Rudnick'". The Lawyer. 26 July 2004. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "The bigger the better? The merger between DLA and Piper Rudnick creates a new global giant". The Economist. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Irwin, Neil (6 December 2004). "Piper Rudnick to Merge With Big British Firm". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- Sachdev, Ameet (6 December 2004). "Piper Rudnick, DLA to combine". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper secures E&Y CIS takeover approval". The Lawyer. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper opens in Beijing with Coudert crew". The Lawyer. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA restructuring to dramatically scale back Gulf presence". The Lawyer. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Shorter is sweeter". The Lawyer. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper loses Bergen office to local firm". The Lawyer. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper finalises Aussie alliance". The Lawyer. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Phillips Fox becomes DLA Phillips Fox". The Lawyer. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "Phillips Fox Vietnam opts for AAR tie-up". The Lawyer. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper looks to Bucharest for full CEE coverage". The Lawyer. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices". The Lawyer. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "DLA to launch in Turkey via alliance with local firm". The Lawyer. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper Joins Law Firms Beckoned by Brazil's Growth". Bloomberg. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "Merger of DLA Phillips Fox with DLA Piper to create law giant". The Australian. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper seals 'unique' Aussie merger". The Lawyer. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper partners give backing to firm's Aussie merger". The Lawyer. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA Phillips Fox in divorce from New Zealand arm". The Lawyer. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper launches in Mexico City with Thompson & Knight team". The Lawyer. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "DLA Piper to shut Glasgow and offload defendant insurance teams as redundancy talks continue". The Lawyer. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Hill Dickinson acquires DLA's Sheffield and Manchester insurance hubs". The Lawyer. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Top Contributors to Barack Obama | OpenSecrets
- "DLA Piper: The Firm Behind the Mitchell Report". The Wall Street Journal. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- Schneider, Howard (23 November 2009). "Palestinians looking to American-style housing developments, financing". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "Tom Daschle". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "Lib Dem first lady Miriam Gonzalez Durantez lands job at US firm". The Independent (London). 28 October 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200". The AmLaw Daily. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2012.