|No. of offices||29 total (15 international)|
|No. of attorneys||approximately 1000 (2017)|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Key people||CEO Henry Nassau, |
Chairman Andrew J. Levander
|Founder||Wayne MacVeagh and George Tucker Bispham|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Dechert LLP (//) is an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers with practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. It was founded in Philadelphia and is registered as a limited liability partnership under Pennsylvania law. On the 2018 AmLaw Global 200 survey, Dechert ranked as the 43rd highest grossing law firm in the world.
The firm's first predecessor, MacVeagh & Bispham, was formed in 1875 by Wayne MacVeagh and George Tucker Bispham. 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. MacVeagh went on to become United States Attorney General under President James Garfield, and then United States Ambassador to Italy in 1893. Bispham went on to become a professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1884.
The MacVeagh & Bispham's successor merged with another Philadelphia law firm, Dechert, Smith & Clark, in 1942. After undergoing several more name changes, the firm became known as Dechert.
Pro bono activities
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. The report confirmed that it remained the top law firm for international pro bono work. In August 2014, Dechert received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award.
Notable lawyers and alumni
- Harvey Bartle III, chief judge of the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Joseph S. Clark, mayor of Philadelphia (1952–56) and United States senator for Pennsylvania (1957–69)
- Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
- Glenn Fine, former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice
- Miriam González Durántez, head of international trade practice
- Paul G. Haaga, Jr., vice chairman of Capital Research and Management Company, a constituent company of the Capital Group Companies
- David N. Kelley, former United States Attorney and Deputy U.S. Attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Noyes Leech (1921–2010), law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Edward A. McDonald, portrayed himself as a federal prosecutor in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas"
- Mary A. McLaughlin, judge for the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Lisa Scottoline, New York Times best-selling author
- Norma Levy Shapiro, first woman partner and retired judge for the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Arlen Specter, United States senator for Pennsylvania (1981–2011)
- Scooter Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (2001–2005)
- Cheryl Ann Krause, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Steven Engel, deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel under George W. Bush and United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Donald Trump administration
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- “Our Experts: Q. Todd Dickinson Esq.,” Bloomberg BNA, 2018.
- U.S. Department of Defense. “Glenn A. Fine,” January 10, 2016.
- 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.
- “Paul G. Haaga, Jr.,” NPR.
- S. Flaherty. “Dechert Lures Ex-Prosecutor David Kelley From Cahill,” The American Lawyer, January 23, 2017.
- D. Slater. “A Q&A With “Goodfellas” Actor (and Dechert Lawyer) Ed McDonald,” The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2008.
- “Judge Profile: Mary A. McLaughlin,” The Legal Intelligencer
- “Lisa Scottoline: A Legal Thriller!,” Penn Law Journal, Spring 2001
- P. Wallner. “Encyclopedia: Norma Levy Shapiro,” Jewish Women’s Archive, March 1, 2009
- “An Oral History of Arlen Specter,” Philadelphia Magazine, November 30, 2007
- M. Leibovich. “In the Spotlight And on the Spot,” Washington Post, October 23, 2005
- “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
- “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