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Duane Morris LLP

In 1904, the law firm known today as Duane Morris was founded in Philadelphia as a four-attorney partnership that helped clients with any of the legal needs of the day, such as negotiating contracts between local business owners or handling the property issues regarding the sale of farmland. Our clients’ needs have dramatically changed a century later—with our present-day lawyers more likely to negotiate multimillion-dollar transactions between global corporations or handle IP issues regarding the licensing of biotechnology innovations. The firm has grown to be among the 100 largest in the world, with more than 800 attorneys across 29 domestic and international offices, representing clients across an array of industries and from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Throughout all the growth, Duane Morris always has been guided by the same principle. At the heart of our firm is a partnership, an agreement to work together in the pursuit of our clients’ goals. Under the leadership of the firm’s founders, and the influence of past and present chairmen, Duane Morris has embraced a culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus building that is rare among law firms.
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Purpose

Duane Morris serves a broad array of clients and provides innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges... Read more

Vision

Duane Morris is a nationally recognized leader in financial services, technology, health/life sciences, infrastructure and consumer products. We focus on sophisticated transactions, capital formation, intellectual property and complex litigation. We build deep relationships with our clients by understanding their business and legal objectives and delivering high-quality legal work innovatively and efficiently. Our unique high-performing culture encourages collaboration across our global practices to provide exceptional solutions using diverse and inclusive legal teams. ... Read more

Additional Culture Details

Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, Duane Morris' modern organization stretches from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East, and now across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial, collaborative culture. The firm's leadership, and outside observers like the Harvard Business School, believe this culture is truly unique among large law firms, and helps account for the firm continuing to prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.... Read more

Headquarters

Philadelphia, PA

Employees

1,488 US Employees

Industry

Law

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Awards

Top Workplaces USA Awards

Top Workplaces Regional Awards

Culture Excellence Awards

Company Snapshots

Duane Morris attorneys volunteered at Kensington Health Sciences Academy to provide brief legal advice and perform intakes for families at KHSA/feeder schools at the first-ever Second Saturday Legal Clinic.
MEALS FOR HEALTHCARE HEROES Duane Morris’ Meals for Healthcare Heroes program provided meals for more than 20,000 medical professionals in 16 cities. Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team established the initiative, funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff, to honor healthcare workers and support local restaurants.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION As the country grappled with calls for racial justice after the death of George Floyd in May 2020, Duane Morris observed Juneteenth—the effective end of slavery in the U.S.—by bringing in actor and director Laurence Fishburne, who stars in the ABC sitcom “black-ish,” to talk about fighting racism with love. Duane Morris continued its racial education efforts by co-hosting the webinar series, “Black Lawyers in America: A National Town Hall Series,” with the American Bar Association.
PRO BONO ELECTION PROTECTION More than 125 Duane Morris attorneys and staff spent nearly 1,000 pro bono hours volunteering on state/national voter hotlines, serving as poll watchers, workers and judges, election inspectors and vote canvass attorneys, and other roles.