DLA Piper Global Law Firm

DLA Piper Global Law Firm

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Published on September 22, 2023
DLA Piper Global Law Firm

DLA Piper is the multinational global law firm which is located in more than 30 countries throughout America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It had total revenues of $2.48 billion and the average profit per equity partner of $1.490 million in 2014 and it was the 3rd largest law firm in the United States as measured by revenue. It was formed in January 2005 by a merger between 3 law firms i.e. San Diego based Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich LLP, Chicago based Piper Rudnick LLP and UK based DLA LLP.


DLA Piper’s origins can be traced back to Thomas Townend Dibb and Sir Charles Lupton OBE. The founder of the firm is displaced to the Victorian bust of Thomas Townend Dibb. The 3 letter arbitration used by the firm today- DLA conceals a complex history of consolidation and name changes and picked up Lupton from Nelson eddison in 1920. The firm then merged with Broomhead of Sheffield in 1988. The name of this firm as Dibb Lupton and co. survived intact until the merger with broomheads of shielf in 1988. Following the link of Alsop Wilkinson in 1996 the firm was even then known as Dipp Lupton Alsop until around. The year was 2000 when the name was shortened and renamed as DLA. It is now known internationally as DLA Piper, the largest law firm in the world.

Piper Rudnick:

Piper Rudnick was the result of 1999 merger between the Baltimore based Piper and Marbury and Chicago based Rudnick and Wolfe. This merger was the largest law firm merger in the history. The combined firm was known as Piper Marbury and Rudnick Wolfe LLP until 2002.


DLA Piper has all over 80 offices in more than 30 countries across the Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, Americas, Australia, and in the Middle East.

Notable staffs:

The notable staffs of this firm are being listed below:

  • Sir Nigel Knowles is currently the global co-chairman of DLA Piper.
  • Michael Castle, a former governor of Delaware, has been a partner at DLA Piper since 2011.
  • James Blanchard, a former US Governor and a former Ambassador to Canada, has been Partner since 1996.
  • Jose Maria Aznar, a former prime minister of Spain has been the senior advisor to DLA Piper’s global board since 2013.
  • Ray LaHood, a former secretary of the department of transportation has been senior policy advisor since 2014.
  • Bart Chilton, a former US commodity futures trading commissioner, has been a partner since 2014.
  • Saxby Chambliss, a former US Senator has been a partner since 2015.
  • A former US senator George Mitchell was DLA Piper’s chairman between the years 2003 to 2009.
  • Tom Daschle, a former US senator, and US Senate majority leader was a policy advisor at DLA Piper from 2009 to 2014.
  • Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, the wife of former deputy prime minister of UK, Nick Clegg was a partner at DLA Piper from 2006 to 2011.

Political contribution:

DLA Piper was the twelfth largest donor to President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Similarly, as of 2014, it was the 5th largest donor potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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