DLA Piper


The international firm, which opened its Atlanta office seven years ago, is the largest in the world in terms of number of lawyers. The firm called 2012 “highly successful,” though its revenue growth wasn’t as strong as 2011’s 14.58 percent. Atlanta co-managing partners Joseph B. Alexander Jr. and Robert L. Crewdson, in a joint statement, said that they expect solid, steady growth to continue in 2013. “While the economy continues to send mixed signals, we are seeing strong expansion in our real estate, construction and franchise practices, with work on many of Atlanta’s high-profile development projects topping the list,” they said. “Private equity and venture capital deal volume not only remains robust, but continues to grow.”

—Reported by Am Law

*Variances shown are in comparison to 2011.

Revenue $2,440,500,000 8.6%
Revenue per Lawyer $605,000 0.8%
Profit per equity partner $1,310,000 6.9%

Total lawyers 4,036 290
Atlanta lawyers 33/.8% 5  
Partners 1,032 54
Equity partners 462 3
Atlanta size rank among firm’s offices   No. 11


Abbott Laboratories, Accor North America, Archstone-Smith Trust, BDO, Blackstone Real Estate Partners, Chartis, Diageo, eBay, Erickson Retirement Communities, ESPN, FDIC, General Electric Capital Corp., Groupon Inc., Harley-Davidson, Heery International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Invitrogen, John Hancock Life Insurance Co., Kohlberg & Co., Measurement Specialties Inc., Motorola, PopCap Games, Pfizer Inc., Radiant Systems Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., San Francisco 49ers, Tishman Speyer Properties.



In United States: Atlanta (33), Austin, Texas (27), Baltimore (106), Boston (61), Chicago (196), Dallas (16), Florham Park, N.J. (17), Houston (23), Los Angeles (68), Miami (19), Minneapolis (6), New York (222), Palo Alto, Calif. (86), Philadelphia (38), Phoenix (16), Raleigh, N.C. (8), Reston, Va. (24), Sacramento, Calif. (30), San Diego (110), San Francisco (53), Seattle (25), Tampa, Fla. (13), Washington (140), Wilmington, Del. (12) International: Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (8), Amsterdam (106), Antwerp, Belgium (16), Bangkok (36), Beijing (29), Berlin (7), Birmingham, U.K. (86), Bratislava, Slovakia (8), Brisbane, Australia (61), Brussels (77), Bucharest, Romania (24), Budapest, Hungary (34), Canberra, Australia (17), Cologne, Germany (44), Doha, Qatar (2), Dubai, U.A.E. (48), Edinburgh, U.K. (42), Frankfurt, Germany (43), Glasgow, U.K. (30), Hamburg, Germany (16), Hong Kong (122), Istanbul, Turkey (61), Kuwait City (8), Kiev, Ukraine (30), Leeds, U.K. (151), Liverpool, U.K. (61), London (354), Madrid (79), Manchester, U.K. (115), Melbourne, Australia (131), Milan (97), Moscow (52), Munich (21), Muscat, Oman (2), Oslo, Norway (52), Paris (64), Perth, Australia (54), Prague (23), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (8), Rome (52), Shanghai (25), Sheffield, U.K. (77), Singapore (20), St. Petersburg, Russia (30), Sydney (130), Tbilisi, Georgia (9), Tokyo (20), Vienna (52), Warsaw, Poland (51)



Atlanta—Shawn Lanier, real estate, to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

• Of the firm’s more than 4,000 lawyers, nearly twice as many are work outside the United States than within. DLA Piper maintains 49 offices outside the country and 27 inside the U.S. The largest is the London office.

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