DLA Piper makes 66 new partners

DLA Piper has promoted 66 to its partnership globally, taking the firm’s total partnership above 1,200. The firm has added 39 new partners in the US with the remaining 27 spread across Europe and Asia.

London was the most heavily promoted office with 10 new partners. They came in the finance (3), litigation (2), real estate (2), corporate, employment and regulatory practice areas.

In the UK, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool all received two new partners, while Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sheffield had one each.

Chicago was the main beneficiary of promotions in the US, with seven of the 39 State-side promotions. Los Angeles and Washington DC had five each, while there was four each for New York and San Diego. Other offices to benefit included Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, San Franciso and Seattle.

In Asia, Beijing and Hong Kong had one new partner added each. The Central and Eastern Europe offices of Vienna, Kiev and St Petersburg each had one partnership promotion, while western Europe saw promotions in Amsterdam, Madrid and Milan.

DLA Piper joint chief executive Frank Burch said in a statement: “These new partners represent the future of DLA Piper. The breadth of practice areas and jurisdictions represented by this group is a testament to our global focus.”

The firm has also moved 21 lawyers to the legal director level that was introduced on 1 January after reviewing career development, while 111 lawyers started the new year with a promotion to associate across Europe and Asia.

The firm’s global people officer Robert Halton said: “The new level within the fee-earning career structure provides greater career development opportunities for our lawyers by recognising their skills as a lead lawyer. It also offers a promotion route for those lawyers who do not aspire to join the partnership.”