Americas Co-Chairmen: Roger Meltzer, Jay Rains
Americas Managing Partner: Stasia Kelly
Chief Operating Officer: Bob Bratt
Number of partners worldwide: 1,600
Number of lawyers worldwide: 5,200
Languages: More than 60 languages
In 2005, DLA Piper became one of the world’s most prominent legal service providers through a merger of unprecedented scope. The motivation for doing so was not about size or prestige or putting pins in a map. It was to create a global organization capable of quickly and efficiently serving the most important legal needs of clients around the world, whether it is across multiple jurisdictions or in a single market.
Today, DLA Piper has lawyers in more than 40 countries throughout the world’s established and emerging business centers in the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s continued growth allows it to offer its clients the advantage of one law firm with the depth and geographic coverage to meet their legal needs where they are based and doing business.
In North America 2017, DLA Piper merged with Liner LLP, a leading Los Angeles firm that focuses on litigation, real estate, business transactions and restructuring. In 2015, DLA Piper combined with Davis LLP to form DLA Piper (Canada), with deep roots in the Canadian and international business communities and services across seven offices in more than 50 practices.
In Latin America in 2018, DLA Piper expanded into Argentina with its agreement with Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly; in 2017 the firm entered Peru as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar; in 2016 the firm formed BAZ | DLA Piper in Chile and opened an office in Puerto Rico; in 2015 the firm formed DLA Piper Martinez Neira in Colombia and combined with Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico City; and DLA Piper also has an ongoing cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados in Brazil.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s lawyers support the world’s leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.
The team advises clients worldwide on employment legislation, helping them meet their workforce objectives.
The firm’s lawyers provide clients with guidance and representation on all aspects of financial lending and related matters.
Intellectual Property & Technology:
The firm provides a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing, franchise and technology law services.
International Trade, Regulatory & Government Affairs:
The firm’s clients receive counsel on federal, state and local government, and regulatory matters on all levels of legislation and policy.
Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations:
With skilled lawyers in litigation, arbitration, investigations and ADR, the firm deploys that experience to help clients devise the best legal strategies to handle business disputes.
Projects, Energy & Infrastructure:
The firm has a track record of successfully delivering first-rate legal services in all segments of the infrastructure and energy industries, and advises on energy law, infrastructure finance, transport matters and more.
The firm offers a full range of services in the areas of acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.
The firm’s lawyers have significant experience advising clients on investigation, enforcement, litigation and asset recovery on a multijurisdictional basis relating to public and private companies in underperforming and distressed situations.
The firm’s clients receive a full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations.
DLA Piper has 10 global and 2 US-focused sectors. The firm’s sector approach is critical to tackling the needs of clients and is a key reason why companies seeking a strategic partner in the legal arena turn to DLA Piper.