THE DLA Piper
Story

In 2005 DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world through a merger of unprecedented scope. This timeline tells the story of how the firm keeps growing.

2005

January

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is born as the result of the largest merger in the history of the legal profession

February

We announce New Perimeter, the first-of-its-kind international pro bono initiative, committing 13,000 hours (with a value of more than US$5 million) in the first year to pressing social causes

April

Our Raleigh, North Carolina office opens, strengthening our REIT practice as well as our Real Estate Private Equity and Real Estate Finance practices

July

Our new offices open in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, enhancing our ability to serve clients across Europe

October

Egyptian law firm Matouk & Bassiouny joins DLA Piper Africa

October

We expand our presence in Germany with a new office in Frankfurt, a city of global financial importance and home to all  the major financial institutions

December

Our Beijing office opens, allowing us to better meet the growing demand for legal services by Chinese and multinational companies

2006

January

We enter the Middle East with a new office in Dubai, a key center for our Energy practice and opportunities in aviation, finance, IT, technology, private equity and real estate

March

Entering into an affiliation agreement in Saudi Arabia, we become one of the few international firms with a  presence there, enhancing our ability to respond to foreign investment opportunities

March

Zambian law firm Chibesakunda & Co. joins DLA Piper Africa, a significant step in our strategy to deliver a range of local and international services for clients across the continent

May

A regional hub of the Southeast US, our Atlanta, Georgia, office opens as another step toward serving institutional clients through a broad service offering

June

Ishengoma, Karume, Masha & Magai Advocates (IMMMA), one of Tanzania’s leading corporate practices, joins DLA Piper Africa

September

DLA Piper becomes our official name

September

The Oslo and Bergen offices of DLA Nordic, a former DLA Piper Group Firm, become DLA Piper offices

2007

January

Reinforcing our global capabilities, we enter into an exclusive agreement with Ghana-based Reindorf Chambers, the fifth African law firm to join DLA Piper Africa

January

We become one of the first in the legal field to launch a Global Sustainability Initiative, affirming our commitment to manage our environmental impact

February

Our office opens in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the fastest-growing markets in the US, adding depth and experience to our global International Arbitration group

May

Our Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) launches in the US to focus on developing and promoting our women lawyers and maximizing their opportunities for business generation and leadership

June

Our Warsaw office opens to meet client demand for legal counsel in the growing Polish economy and further strengthen our Central and Eastern Europe practice

August

The firm opens an office in Munich – our fourth in Germany – to meet rising  business demands in the country’s key commercial areas and support continued growth in Central and Eastern Europe

September

The annual Jeffrey F. Liss Award, named for the firm's late US co-managing partner, is created to honor a DLA Piper partner who embodies Jeff’s spirit of stewardship to the firm and to the profession

2008

March

Our new office opens in Houston, Texas, one of the four strategic hubs in the world for the energy industry (along with New York, London and the Middle East)

August

We open an office in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates

October

Our inaugural Global Technology Leaders Summit provides insight into the economic and cultural factors driving the industry. Shortly thereafter, we announce our Global Technology Sector

October

We open an office in Doha, Qatar, and enter into a joint venture with the international division of Al Wagayan, Al Awadhi & Al Saif, a leading Kuwait-based law firm, operating under the name DLA Piper Kuwait

November

Our Bucharest, Romania, office opens as an important step in our commitment to investing in the major business hubs across the region

2009

February

Our new office opens in Muscat, Oman, reinforcing our commitment to provide legal advice across the Middle East

November

We join forces with Verizon Communications on a variety of pro bono work focused on improving educational outcomes for children, supporting veterans and protecting domestic violence victims

 

Weeks later, DLA Piper and Pfizer join forces on a first-of-its-kind pro bono initiative to provide low-income individuals with access to free legal assistance

May

We open an office in Manama, Bahrain, the historic banking hub for the Persian Gulf and a strategically important market for Islamic finance

2010

January

Kenyan law firm Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM) becomes the sixth African law firm to join DLA Piper Africa and the first Kenyan law firm to have an exclusive alliance with an international law firm

March

We enter into a cooperation agreement with Brazilian firm Campos Mello Advogados, which has offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, allowing our strategic entry into one of the world’s fastest growing economies

February

The firm wins the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2010 Legal Business Awards in recognition of our “unrivalled impact on the business of law over the last two decades”

2011

March

We open a new office in Wilmington, Delaware, home to many of our largest corporate clients and a key center for corporate, litigation and bankruptcy practices

March

We open a new office in Miami to advance our global capabilities and expand our presence in Latin America

 

May

By integrating with DLA Phillips Fox, a former Group Firm, we become the world’s largest law firm, the largest integrated Asia Pacific legal practice and the largest global law firm presence in Australia

June

Senator George Mitchell returns to the firm as Chairman Emeritus, having completed his tenure as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace in the Obama Administration

June

Chambers & Partners honors the firm with its Award of Excellence for having the leading Real Estate practice in the US. We are the only firm to have received this award twice

 

October

We hold our first Global Women’s Leadership Summit in Chicago for women general counsel, associate general counsel and other executive-level women in the legal field

2012

February

Our new office in Mexico City, Mexico advances our strategic expansion throughout Latin America

September

With the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, we pledge to support legal education in East Africa and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

October

Five new firms in Uganda, Rwanda, Mauritius, Botswana and Ethiopia join DLA Piper Africa

February

Law360 reports that “DLA Piper Tops the List of Megafirms” as we became the largest law firm in the world by headcount, with 4,085 lawyers

September

The American Lawyer names Senator George J. Mitchell a 2012 Lifetime Achiever, recognizing his distinguished career in public service and private practice

October

We join Paris offices with boutique law firm Frieh Bouhenic, creating one of the most significant French capabilities of any global law firm

2013

January

We open our office in Seoul, South Korea, initially focusing on M&A, litigation and arbitration, project finance and IP

January

In the Americas, Roger Meltzer and Jay Rains become the firm’s Co-Chairmen, while Stasia Kelly and Michael Poulos become Co-Managing Partners

March

We launch Break Into Law, a global initiative to remove barriers to careers within the legal sector for underrepresented young people

May

We form a new Group Firm association with IAB&F in Indonesia

September

Senator George Mitchell and DLA Piper deliver the first annual report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement among The Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletics Association and the Big Ten Conference

September

The American Lawyer recognizes New Perimeter, our international pro bono initiative, with a lifetime achievement award

October

DLA Piper Africa expands with the addition of  Rubeya & Co Advocates of Burundi and Namibian firm Ellis Shilengudwa Inc

2014

January

The annual William J. Campbell, Jr. Fellowship, named for the late US professional responsibility partner and general counsel, is created

February

We are named Law Firm of the Year at the 2014 Legal Business Awards

March

Managing Intellectual Property names us Global IP Firm of the Year

June

The firm’s Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) named Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm and the Best Firm for Women in Business Law in Norway, Poland and Ukraine

September

SAL & Caldeira Advogados Lda in Mozambique becomes newest member of DLA Piper Africa

August

Awarded Best Mentoring Program by an International Firm and Best International Firm for Pro Bono Work at the Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law Awards 2014

2015

January

CyberTrakSM launches

February

We finalize a combination with Gallastegui y Lozano, S.C., in Mexico City

March

In Auckland and Wellington, DLA Phillips Fox becomes DLA Piper New Zealand, the first global law firm brand operating in that country

April

DLA Piper LLP (US) and Davis LLP finalize their agreement to join forces as DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

June

We finalize a cooperation agreement with Martinez Neira Abogados in Bogotá

October

We open a new office in Casablanca, Morocco

December

Angolan law firm ADCA, in partnership with relationship firm ABBC in Lisbon, becomes the 15th member of DLA Piper Africa

2016

January

We open a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The firm now has its own offices in the north and south of the continent, complemented by its alliance with 15 DLA Piper Africa firms

JUNE

We announce our cooperation agreement with Bogota-based Martinez Neira Abogados, establishing a footprint in the fourth-largest economy in Latin America

December

We announce a cooperation agreement with Santiago-based Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers, one of Chile’s leading law firms. Together the firms will operate as BAZ|DLA Piper

December

For the ninth consecutive year, we earn a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and are again rated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

February

We join with Finnish law firm Peltonen LMR and integrate more closely with our office in Sweden, expanding our Nordic presence

July

The firm opens a new office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, expanding our growing presence and capabilities in the Americas

December

We are named one of the top five law firms for client service in the BTI Client Service A-Team Rankings 2017

December

For the fifth consecutive year, the Financial Times names us among the most innovative law firms in the US

2017

February

For the seventh consecutive year, the firm is ranked the top legal advisor globally for overall M&A deal volume. Mergermarket’s 2016 league tables show we were involved in more than 470 transactions worldwide valued at US$126 billion

February

Acritas ranks DLA Piper the #5 most powerful law firm brand in the United States

MARCH

A cooperation agreement with Lima-based Pizarro, Botto & Escobar Abogados brings us to Peru. The firm now has a presence in five of Latin America’s largest economies

MARCH

International Who's Who 2017 names the firm the best in the world for Real Estate, Franchise and Entertainment law

JULY

For the fifth consecutive year, Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers name us one of the 50 best law firms for women’s business development and career advancement

October

We merge with Liner LLP in Los Angeles, with capabilities in media and entertainment, litigation, real estate, business transactions, restructuring, new media and private equity

February

Pitchbook’s 2016 league tables place us in the top five law firms in each M&A, venture capital and private equity category that it recognizes – the only law firm to earn this distinction. Thomson Reuters also ranks us second worldwide for middle market transactions in 2016

MARCH

We integrate with Portuguese firm ABBC to better serve global clients needing legal advice across Spain, Portugal, Latin America and Africa

MARCH

Danish law firm LETT joins, making us the first global law firm to have a pan-Nordic presence, with five offices across the region

MAY

We are ranked the #5 law firm by revenue in The Am Law 100

September

Law360 ranks us #6 among law firms for global reach and breadth of international work

October

Acritas ranks DLA Piper the second most favorable and recognized legal brand in the world

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