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Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
No. of offices21
No. of attorneysOver 1,300
Key peopleTom Froehle and Andrew Kassner, Co-Managing Partners
RevenueGreen Arrow Up.svg $937,037,000 (2020)
Date foundedFebruary 1, 2020 (2020-02-01)
Company typeLimited Liability Partnership

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, also known as Faegre Drinker, is a full-service international law firm and one of the 50 largest law firms headquartered in the United States.[1] Faegre Drinker provides legal counseling and litigation to a wide range of clients across many practice areas. Additionally, Faegre Drinker Consulting, the firm's national advisory and advocacy practice, provides public and private clients with consulting services. The firm was formed in February 2020 following the merger of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Drinker Biddle & Reath.


Drinker Biddle & Reath[edit]

Drinker Biddle & Reath was founded in Philadelphia in 1849 by John Christian Bullitt.

Baker & Daniels[edit]

Baker & Daniels was founded as Hendricks & Hord in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1863. Then-U.S. Senator Thomas A. Hendricks, who later served as Governor of Indiana and Vice President of the United States under Grover Cleveland, partnered with Oscar Hord, a former Indiana Attorney General, to create the firm.

The first Baker at the firm was Conrad Baker, who also served as Governor of Indiana. Later, Albert Baker, the son of Conrad Baker, and Edward Daniels, the first Daniels at the firm, joined the practice. Following several name changes, the firm became known as Baker & Daniels in 1888. After that, Joseph Daniels, the son of Edward Daniels, joined the firm.[2]

Faegre & Benson[edit]

Faegre & Benson was established in Minneapolis in 1886 as Cobb & Wheelwright, and was the largest law firm in the Twin Cities.

Faegre Baker Daniels[edit]

On January 1, 2012, Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels began business operations as Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.[3] [4] The combination was presented as a merger of equals — the combined firm had no official "headquarters" and the leaders of each legacy firm retained a management role. Legacy Faegre chair Andrew Humphrey became managing partner of the combined firm, while legacy Baker & Daniels CEO Thomas Froehle, Jr. became its chief operating partner.[5]

Faegre Baker Daniels opened a Silicon Valley office on July 1, 2013, which was the firm's first new location since the January 2012 merger. The office was located in East Palo Alto, California, and initially focused on offering intellectual property services. Then, in March 2017, Faegre Baker Daniels opened a Los Angeles office, which offered business, employment, intellectual property and product liability litigation and consulting.[6]

Faegre Baker Daniels reportedly represented USA Gymnastics in the investigation of former team doctor Larry Nassar and participated in reporting Nassar to the FBI during the summer of 2015.[7]

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath[edit]

The firm was formed in February 2020 following the merger of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Drinker Biddle & Reath,[8] a Philadelphia-based law firm whose history stretches back to 1849.[9] Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, also known as FaegreBD, had a strong presence in the Midwestern United States dating back to January 1, 2012, when Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP merged.

Practice Areas[edit]

Faegre Drinker has more than 1,300 attorneys, consultants, and professionals in 21 locations in the United States, London, and Shanghai. The firm handles complex transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters. Clients range from emerging startups to multinational corporations.[10]

The firm also includes Faegre Drinker Consulting, a division formed in 1985 and based in Washington, D.C. It is a national advisory and advocacy firm that acts as a full-service lobbying group.


  1. ^ "About | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP". www.faegredrinker.com. Retrieved 2021-11-10.
  2. ^ Gugin, p. 158–159
  3. ^ Press Release - Faegre Baker Daniels Begins Business Operations (January 3, 2012).
  4. ^ Above the Law (blog), Law Firm Merger Mania: Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels Make It Official (October 12, 2011).
  5. ^ Faegre & Benson, Baker & Daniels Say Their Merger Is Officially On, Am Law Daily (October 12, 2011).
  6. ^ "FaegreBD Continues California Growth, Expands in Los Angeles | News | About | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP". Faegredrinker.com.
  7. ^ Miller, Joshua Rhett (October 16, 2018). "It took 4 days for stars to shred USA Gymnastics' new hire to bits".
  8. ^ "Faegre Drinker Biddle". Law.com. Retrieved 2021-11-10.
  9. ^ "Faegre Baker Daniels 150th Anniversary". Faegredrinker.com. Retrieved June 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "About | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP". www.faegredrinker.com. Retrieved 2021-11-10.

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