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DLA Piper has promoted 67 partners across its network in a smaller partnership round than last year despite a significant jump in US promotions.
The tally represents a 13% fall from last year’s bumper round of 77 promotions, putting it in line with many of its international UK-based rivals, the bulk of which have announced smaller rounds than last year in recent weeks.
A third of the tally were women (33%), a slight reduction on last year (35%), putting it just behind Clifford Chance (35%) in the gender diversity stakes and well behind Allen & Overy (45%) and CMS (41%).
Promotions in the US increased by nearly half (44%) to 33 from 23 last year. There were six promotions apiece in New York and Chicago and five across the Texas cities of Austin (3), Dallas and Houston.
The Texas Triangle 'megaregion' has been the target of heavy investment by national US firms in recent years, with Shearman & Sterling, BakerHostetler and Perkins Coie all opening new offices there this year.
On the West Coast there were two promotions in Seattle, two in the Silicon Valley and two in San Diego.
Elsewhere across the globe, the number of promotions in continental Europe halved from 22 to 12, just ahead of the UK, which saw 11 promotions, up from eight last year.
Promotions across Australia and New Zealand also halved to five. There were three promotions in Canada, two in Asia and one in Latin America, that of Santiago-based corporate partner Mauricio Halpern.
There were no promotions in the Middle East, which saw three lawyers making partner last year.
Simon Levine, global co-chief executive, said: "We have a strong pipeline of talent, and nurturing and promoting our people is central to our values and strategy of providing the best client service.
“These accomplished new partners have shown that embracing radical change and being a trusted business adviser is at the heart of our commitment to clients, and I would like to congratulate all of them on their promotions."
In terms of practice areas, corporate once again saw the most promotions with 19 new partners made up, down just one from last year’s tally. The firm is a consistently strong preformer in M&A advisory tables ranked by volume and topped Mergermarket’s 2019 global table.
The next most productive areas for partners was litigation and regulatory (15) followed by IP and technology (10) and finance, projects and restructuring (eight).
The US promotions came into effect on 1 April, with the rest going live on 1 May.
The 2020 promotions
Khaled Dadi, Intellectual Property and Technology
Janet Meesters, Litigation and Regulatory
Atlanta, United States
Forrest Neal, Corporate
Austin, United States
Brent Bernell, Corporate
Kevin Nolan, Corporate
J. Pieratt, Real Estate
Baltimore, United States
Ben Schuman, Litigation and Regulatory
Reking Chen, Intellectual Property and Technology
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Robert Newman, Corporate
Boston, United States
Katie Insogna, Litigation and Regulatory
Mark Tang, Real Estate
Orestis Omran, Litigation and Regulatory
Jennifer Arndt, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
Chicago, United States
Katie Hausfeld, Litigation and Regulatory
Katie Jahnke Dale, Real Estate
Brooke Kerendian, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
Victoria (Vicky) Richter, Employment
Joseph (Joe) Roselius, Litigation and Regulatory
Jeffrey Zanchelli, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
Dallas, United States
Skye Smith, Corporate
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Carolyne Hair, Real Estate
Salla Tuominen, Corporate
Houston, United States
Allissa Pollard, Litigation and Regulatory
Leeds, United Kingdom
Amar Maan, Corporate
Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro, Corporate
London, United Kingdom
Tim Baumgartner, Corporate
Neil Campbell, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
Joel Eytle, Employment
Katherine Gibson, Employment
Jeremy Sher, Litigation and Regulatory
Imran Syed, Intellectual Property and Technology
Manchester, United Kingdom
Christopher Wilson, Corporate
Miami, United States
Rachel Nanes, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
Christian Iannaccone, Corporate
Giampiero Priori, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
New York, United States
Stephen Alicanti, Corporate
Naftali Dembitzer, Tax
Witold Jurewicz, Tax
Garrett Kennedy, Employment
Kira Mineroff, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
John Murphy, Finance, Projects and Restructuring
Jonas Aartun, Tax
Helge Neraal, Real Estate
Fredrik Verling, Litigation and Regulatory
Line Voldstad, Litigation and Regulatory
Philadelphia, United States
Brad Phipps, Corporate
Phoenix, United States
Kevin Criddle, Corporate
Stephanie King, Corporate
San Diego, United States
Patrick O'Malley, Corporate
Melissa Reinckens, Intellectual Property and Technology
Mauricio Halpern, Corporate
Seattle, United States
Chris Feldman, Tax
Mel Wheaton, Corporate
Kelvin Chen, Litigation and Regulatory
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Mick Lawlor, Litigation and Regulatory
Silicon Valley, United States
Erik Fuehrer, Intellectual Property and Technology
Jennifer Lee, Corporate
Anna Jussil Broms, Intellectual Property and Technology
Greg Bodulovic, Intellectual Property and Technology
Carmen Elder, Litigation and Regulatory
Jonathon Ellis, Litigation and Regulatory
Kate Pickthall, Real Estate
Adrian Tan, Corporate
Bentley Gaikis, Intellectual Property and Technology
Rebecca von Rüti, Litigation and Regulatory
Washington, D.C., United States
David Kramer, Intellectual Property and Technology
Alexander Tuneski, Intellectual Property and Technology