Chairman: Andrew C Kassner
Number of partners worldwide: 274
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 295
With nearly 600 lawyers in 13 offices and an affiliation with the World Law Group, Drinker Biddle provides clients with unparalleled service. The firm’s priorities are knowing its clients’ businesses and providing the value they need so that the firm can be an integral part of their success.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Securities:
The group’s core practice includes mergers, acquisitions and complex joint ventures, securities compliance, insurance regulatory matters, advice for public companies, commercial lending, corporate finance and private equity, including venture capital, investment vehicles and portfolio companies.
Located in three of the country’s largest bankruptcy venues (New York/New Jersey, Chicago and Delaware), the group represents creditors’ and bondholders’ committees and handles business workouts, restructurings and various insolvency proceedings. It also represents secured and unsecured creditors, bankruptcy trustees, debtors and potential acquirers, as well as indenture trustees and bondholder interests.
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
This full-service practice handles virtually every aspect of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA issues. The practice handles 401(k), pension, cash balance, profit-sharing and stock bonus plans, as well as clients’ incentive stock option, non-qualified stock option, stock grant, employee stock purchase, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock plans and welfare plan matters.
Environment & Energy:
This diverse practice includes litigators, regulatory counselors, scientists, engineers, strategists, project advisors and transactional lawyers. It counsels clients from an array of industries and backgrounds on the full spectrum of environmental and energy regulation issues.
Government & Regulatory Affairs:
This group encompasses several practices, including communications regulation, customs and trade counseling, education and pharmaceutical consortia, in addition to a government affairs practice that ranges from handling significant legislative and regulatory activity for clients interested in state and local matters to representing clients’ interests before Congress and federal agencies, especially in the health care arena.
This group helps clients anticipate and address the full scope of their legal needs. Its interdisciplinary approach, decades of industry experience, and deep knowledge of state and federal laws allows us to simplify the complex regulatory landscape and navigate the evolving health care ecosystem. The group’s nationally ranked transaction team facilitates major health care M&A activity each year. The broader team features lawyers who specialize in digital health, outsourcing and cost management, managed care, and private equity, among others.
This group provides counsel and litigation services on all phases of life, property and casualty and D&O insurance and financial services operations, including the rapidly evolving structured settlement and annuity litigation arena.
One of the country’s largest IP groups housed in a full-service firm, the group handles patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, litigation, information technology, licensing and outsourcing, life sciences and biotechnology, legislative affairs, advertising and promotions, online and e-commerce initiatives, and portfolio assessment and management. The group also counsels clients on the America Invents Act.
This group serves a wide range of national and multinational financial institutions, including investment companies, registered hedge funds, exchange traded funds and private funds (offshore and domestic, including hedge funds and private equity funds). Its clients also comprise investment advisors, commodity trading advisors, brokerdealers, commodity pool operators, insurance companies, and variable products and key service providers to the investment management industry.
Labor & Employment:
The group represents employers, often serving as national counsel, handling individual and class action cases involving matters such as FMLA, ADA and state law disability retaliation, discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage-and-hour, non-competition/non-solicitation and whistleblower claims.
The firm’s largest practice includes complex litigation and appeals involving antitrust claims, class action defense, communications litigation, construction and real estate disputes, environmental claims, employment disputes, data and information governance, insurance disputes, professional services liability, securities and corporate governance litigation, TCPA and other privacyrelated litigation, and white collar defense and corporate investigations.
Products Liability & Mass Tort:
This practice defends companies in a broad range of products liability litigation, including class actions and single-plaintiff actions. Practice members frequently serve as trial counsel and national coordinating counsel for major pharmaceutical and medical device industry clients. The group also handles toxic torts and chemical exposure matters, Daubert motions and punitive damages claims.
The real estate group handles projects of any scale or complexity. Whether real estate is a client’s primary business or an important asset, this highly experienced team handles real estate acquisitions, dispositions, investments, financing, development and leasing matters, as well as disputes that may arise in the course of such transactions.
Trusts & Estates:
In an age of highly focused legal practitioners, this team fills the traditional role of the family counselor who deals with a broad range of personal and legal questions. The practice covers a range of needs, including fiduciary matters and litigation, issues related to tax-exempt entities for individual and foundation clients, and the traditional notion of trust and estates.