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Dechert LLP
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
No. of offices29 total (15 international)
No. of attorneysapproximately 1000 (2017)
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleCEO Henry Nassau,
Chairman Andrew J. Levander
RevenueUS$1.14 billion (2019) [1]
Date founded1875
FounderWayne MacVeagh and George Tucker Bispham [2]
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Dechert LLP (/ˈdɛkərt/) is an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers[3] with practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management.[4] It was founded in Philadelphia and is registered as a limited liability partnership under Pennsylvania law.[5] On the 2018 AmLaw Global 200 survey, Dechert ranked as the 43rd highest grossing law firm in the world.[6]


The firm's first predecessor, MacVeagh & Bispham, was formed in 1875 by Wayne MacVeagh and George Tucker Bispham.[2] MacVeagh previously served as United States Ambassador to Turkey, and Bispham authored the treatise "Principles of Equity," which was considered the definitive work on the subject at the time.[7][8] MacVeagh went on to become United States Attorney General under President James Garfield, and then United States Ambassador to Italy in 1893.[7] Bispham went on to become a professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1884.[9]

The MacVeagh & Bispham's successor merged with another Philadelphia law firm, Dechert, Smith & Clark, in 1942. After undergoing several more name changes, the firm was known as Dechert Price & Rhoads for many years beginning in 1962, shortening its name to Dechert in 2000.[10]

Dechert's headquarters moved to Philadelphia's Cira Centre in 2005.

Pro bono activities[edit]

Dechert has been recognized among the top 10 U.S. law firms for pro bono work in The American Lawyer's Pro Bono Survey, an annual report which rates the nation's 200 highest grossing law firms based on their level of pro bono activity.[11] The report confirmed that it remained the top law firm for international pro bono work.[12] In August 2014, Dechert received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award.[13]

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ a b "Isaac Wayne MacVeagh - People - Department History - Office of the Historian".
  8. ^ Draper Lewis, Wm (1906). "George Tucker Bispham". The American Law Register. 54 (12): 718–725. JSTOR 3307221.
  9. ^ Lewis, Wm. Draper (1906). "George Tucker Bispham". The American Law Register. 54 (12): 718–725. JSTOR 3307221.
  10. ^ "History".
  11. ^ "The 2018 Pro Bono Scorecard | The American Lawyer". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  12. ^ effreys, Brenda Sapino (27 June 2018). "Big Law Acted on Impulse in Outpouring of Pro Bono Effort". The American Lawyer. ALM Media Properties. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Past Recipients". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  14. ^ United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Harvey Bartle III "Harvey Bartle III," June 2011.
  15. ^ G. Fowler. “Joseph S. Clark Is Dead at 88; Ex-Mayor and Reformist Senator,” New York Times, January 16, 1990.
  16. ^ “Our Experts: Q. Todd Dickinson Esq.,” Bloomberg BNA, 2018.
  17. ^ U.S. Department of Defense. “Glenn A. Fine,” January 10, 2016.
  18. ^ E. Day. “Miriam González Durántez on sexism, Brexit and what she cooked Nick Clegg on that 'devastating' night of political defeat,” The Telegraph, July 30, 2016.
  19. ^ “Paul G. Haaga, Jr.,” NPR.
  20. ^ S. Flaherty. “Dechert Lures Ex-Prosecutor David Kelley From Cahill,” The American Lawyer, January 23, 2017.
  21. ^ D. Slater. “A Q&A With “Goodfellas” Actor (and Dechert Lawyer) Ed McDonald,” The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2008.
  22. ^ “Judge Profile: Mary A. McLaughlin,” The Legal Intelligencer
  23. ^ “Lisa Scottoline: A Legal Thriller!,” Penn Law Journal, Spring 2001
  24. ^ P. Wallner. “Encyclopedia: Norma Levy Shapiro,” Jewish Women’s Archive, March 1, 2009
  25. ^ “An Oral History of Arlen Specter,” Philadelphia Magazine, November 30, 2007
  26. ^ M. Leibovich. “In the Spotlight And on the Spot,” Washington Post, October 23, 2005
  27. ^ “President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Cheryl Ann Krause to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals,” The White House Office of the Press Secretary, February 5, 2014
  28. ^ “Attorney General Sessions Welcomes Steven Engel As Assistant Attorney General for the Office Of Legal Counsel,” Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, November 7, 2017

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