Overview

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

By the Numbers

  1. #1
    Global M&A deal volume

    For the ninth consecutive year, DLA Piper earned the number one ranking globally for overall deal volume in 2018, according to Mergermarket's league tables for legal advisors. Learn more.

  2. #2
    Law firm providing value

    DLA Piper was named one of the best law firms for client service by BTI Consulting Group. Learn more.

    DLA Piper was named one of the most innovative law firms in Europe in 2017 and North America in 2018 by the Financial Times in its Innovative Lawyers report.

  3. #3
    Law firm for global reach
    DLA Piper was ranked number three on Law360's annual Global 20 list of law firms. The editors describe the selected firms as having "the broadest global reach and the proven ability to handle the most difficult cross-border matters." Learn more.
  4. +1,000
    Ranked as leaders in their field

    The world's leading legal directories have named more than 1,000 of DLA Piper's lawyers and practices among the best in their fields. 

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  5. 201,800
    Hours of pro bono legal work

    DLA Piper is committed to pro bono that supports access to justice and rule of law around the world. The hours our lawyers around the world have committed to initiatives in education, human rights, nonprofits and charity law, juvenile justice and veterans support, among many others, demonstrates our commitment.

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Responsible Business

At DLA Piper, we are committed to contributing to the well being of communities around the world.

Our Break Into Law project is a worldwide initiative that aims to remove barriers to employment within the legal profession, and we have pledged $6.5 million over the course of our three-year partnership with UNICEF to improve child justice and protect children's rights worldwide.

We are proud to be signatories of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Our support for the initiative underlines our commitment to responsible business.

DLA Piper strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability, undertaking initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of its business activities in line with our Global Environmental Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

At DLA Piper, diversity, inclusion and equality are a part of how we live our values. We are one of the world's largest law firms, with lawyers and staff in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Our people reflect the diversity of our clients and the many communities and markets where we work.

With offices worldwide, our efforts to understand, value and incorporate differences are woven into our culture. We are on a journey and, like most law firms, we still have some distance to travel. But with strategic approaches within our geographic regions, we're making great progress. Visit our diversity and inclusion website to learn more:

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In New Zealand

DLA Piper is the first global, business law firm operating in New Zealand. We have national coverage through our two offices in Auckland and Wellington, which includes 25 partners, 100 lawyers and 48 support staff. We can call on the services of our colleagues around the globe, at any time, with specialist advice and international best practice to draw on.

We are leading the legal services market in recognising and responding to the changing needs of client organisations as they become increasingly global or influenced by global trends.

We advise international clients doing business in New Zealand, and those New Zealand organisations doing business elsewhere, offering seamless service in all major regions and key markets. Across every major sector and specialist practice, we provide innovative, commercially astute advice to organisations and businesses already operating in, or considering entry into, the New Zealand market. As a local firm, we support clients that are government entities, public organisations and privately-owned businesses, which are focused on New Zealand, providing in-depth local knowledge, networks and the best advice for the New Zealand context.

Our approach to providing legal services is to offer cost effective and quality advice with a focus on achieving our client's desired commercial outcomes while safeguarding and promoting our client's interests. We focus on forming long-term bonds with our clients, truly understanding their businesses and providing value for money.

Building strong client relationships is the compass for our business strategy and future development. This sets us apart. We attract the best talent, who want to work for a firm that is client and people focused, with access to international expertise and opportunities.

We have prepared a Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand to help those venturing into the New Zealand market navigate their way through local legislation to identify and maximise the many opportunities that are available.

Our Values

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

Be Supportive

Be Supportive

We treat everyone fairly and with respect and courtesy.

We are inclusive, approachable and supportive of our clients and colleagues.

We make a positive contribution to our local and global communities



Be Collaborative

Be Collaborative

We exhibit a global mind-set by celebrating our geographic diversity and working seamlessly across borders.

We reach out to others, give help willingly and make ourselves available when needed.

We listen attentively and value new ideas and perspectives.



Be Bold

Be Bold

We are strategic and future-orientated, always thinking and planning ahead.

We challenge, and are open to being challenged.

We are resilient, we adapt quickly. We guide and help others do the same.



Be Exceptional

Be Exceptional

We focus on delivering the highest standard of legal advice and service excellence.

We get to the heart of issues and challenges and provide pragmatic, commercial solutions.

We operate with transparency and work efficiently to deliver value.

Pro Bono

DLA Piper is deeply committed to pro bono. Our pro bono efforts focus on three areas: the rights of children, access to justice and the rule of law, and assisting asylum seekers, refugees, and stateless people. Our work is both global and local. We provide direct service to individuals and organizations that could not otherwise afford counsel, while helping to build a pro bono culture in the legal profession around the world.

New Perimeter is DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world. New Perimeter supports access to justice, social and economic development, sound legal institutions, and women's advancement. Founded in 2005 as a result of our firm's commitment to support legal advancement worldwide, New Perimeter's vision is to harness the skills and talents of DLA Piper lawyers to further a more just world for all.