Firm profile submitted by Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Managing Partner: Ken Cutler
Number of US partners: 244
Number of other US lawyers: 246
Dorsey & Whitney is a full service business law firm, with over 550 lawyers in 20 offices, and strategically focused on six industries.
Banking: Dorsey lawyers assist banking clients around the world in complex lending and restructuring transactions, as well as matters involving bankruptcy, regulatory, corporate trust, consumer financial services, payment systems, corporate, M&A, benefits, employment, intellectual property and all types of litigation.
Energy: The firm-wide energy practice includes the power, clean tech and the oil/gas industries. Dorsey lawyers work with its energy clients in energy-related transactions, energy-related litigation, government enforcement, federal regulatory and state regulatory matters.
Food & Agribusiness: Dorsey serves clients from all sectors of the industry – from seed to markets to table. Few large firms can match Dorsey’s comprehensive understanding and experience in the field, including our extensive work with cooperatives. Dorsey covers the full spectrum of services, including general corporate, transactions, intellectual property, litigation, and regulatory.
Health Care: Dorsey represents many of the best known health care companies in the world, from providers to insurers, from drug and medical device manufacturers to investors in these concerns.Dorsey attorneys from over a dozen practice areas regularly provide services to clients in the health care industry.
Mining & Natural Resources: Dorsey has been recognized as a leading law firm serving the mining and natural resources industry. Dorsey lawyers perform significant services for domestic, cross-border and international mining industry clients in areas from property acquisition to environmental challenges to capital markets transactions.
Public-Private Project Development: Dorsey lawyers from several key practice areas are specifically committed to providing advise and counsel to public and private entities involved in the development, financing, construction, operation and management of public-private projects, including stadiums, mixed-use development, government, health care, transportation and other infrastructure.
Dorsey’s corporate lawyers are known for the broad legal advice they provide. They are best known, however, for getting deals done. In 2015, their work snagged the No. 6 ranking among all law firms for the number of US M&A deals completed, according to Thomson Reuters, and the firm has been ranked among the top ten for two decades.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Dorsey’s litigation practice includes 180 lawyers, all of whom litigate, arbitrate, mediate and negotiate. They handle matters with amounts in controversy ranging from billions of dollars to matters of principle. They are particularly known for their real trial experience— Dorsey lawyers try – and win – cases in forums around the world.
Dorsey has responded to the crippling expense of e-discovery by developing LegalMine™, an in-house document review facility which charges a flat fee based on a per-document or per-page charge, so the expense can be accurately estimated and controlled.
Labor & Employment:
Over 30 attorneys offer an array of services including advice and counselling and employment litigation. The firm also provides advice on executive and employment compensation law, M&A support, employee benefits, ERISA compliance and tax law.
Dorsey’s patent group is staffed with attorneys skilled in technical fields, with many holding PhD and/or EE degrees. Clients rely on Dorsey’s Trademark Group to select, protect and enforce trademarks, copyrights and domain names. Both groups work with clients to build and protect strategic intellectual property portfolios and aggressively defend them against competitors including through litigation when necessary.
Indian & Gaming:
Dorsey’s nationally ranked Indian and gaming practice serves Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, their commercial entities, and lenders, developers and others doing business with tribes on issues of economic diversification, financing (both taxable and tax-exempt), project development, taxation, litigation, environmental affairs and regulatory compliance.
In over 60 countries, Dorsey provides clients with expertise on matters including cross-border transactions, corporate advice, complex litigation, capital markets, M&A, joint ventures, intellectual property, immigration, tax litigation and arbitration, export controls, licensing agreements and international treaties.
Dorsey also has international offices in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.