One of the main reasons I find working at DLA Piper so fantastic is the firm's organization. Departments are clearly demarcated and easily accessible. The main tasks within each position are properly outlined as well as adhered to, thankfully not stiflingly so. The programs I typically use, as well as those more broadly available, are technologically satisfactory to properly complete one's duties. I truly feel that anything I need to do my work is available to me. And of course, the people are wonderful!"
The best aspect about working for DLA Piper is the team energy we enjoy. From the most senior partner to the RICOH temp, there is a feeling of team effort and a desire to forward the business of the firm efficiently, with professionalism, dispatch and courtesy. We work hard, appreciate each other's efforts and enjoy doing so."
I love the firm's commitment to pro bono projects. So many people and community organizations need, but cannot afford, legal services. I think it is awesome how DLA Piper has been a leader in the community and has made a difference in the lives of so many people - helping veterans apply for combat-related special compensation, assisting applicants seeking asylum, preparing federal clemency petitions for non-violent inmates, and holding weekly reading programs for 4th to 7th grade students. This is a small fraction of the great work that the firm does on a daily basis!"
Our business support teams are comprised of highly talented professionals who are key contributors to the business strategy sustaining our lawyers, clients and employees. Learn more about the work we do and our contributions to the business. Click to learn more.
We believe in the development of our people. Our goals are to develop a culture of learning, develop an agile, highly skilled workforce and empower our professional staff to manage their development. DLA Piper University provides professional staff with the opportunity to develop exceptional skills through course offerings, including many led by our own internal experts.
We believe in developing our people and are proud to offer promotional opportunities to our professional staff so they can advance in their careers. We celebrated 84 promotions in 2017.
Carol Clark, Paralegal Specialist, Albany
DLA Piper has allowed me to expand my knowledge base and has rewarded my achievements with promotions. I have been involved in a number of matters where my work product has resulted in positive outcomes for our clients. I have also participated in due diligence matters in a number of states across the country, going beyond the scope of my New York expertise in environmental and land use issues. I have gained confidence in my ability to research, analyze and understand statutes, regulations and codes at the federal, state and local level in these other jurisdictions. I appreciate all the opportunities that I continue to experience at DLA Piper.
We are committed to offering a total rewards package that is competitive and offers our employees the benefits that are most important to them. We also believe in rewarding and recognizing employees for their contributions through merit increases, bonuses, our Aspire rewards program and our Employee of the Year rewards program. Our professional staff are a driving force behind the firm's success, and this program allows us to celebrate each other – our many contributions and our collective victories as we work to achieve our vision to be the leading global business law firm.
Alice was the recipient of the 2016 COO Award. Alice is highly regarded across the US for her consistent efforts to proactively identify areas of improvement and create solutions that are beneficial to our clients and the firm. One of Alice's greatest accomplishments has been identifying over $400,000 in US Patent Office refunds owed to DLA Piper clients. In addition, Alice billed 1,995 hours in 2016. She is well respected and highly valued for her can-do attitude and the exceptional service she provides to our lawyers and clients alike.
The firm's commitment to the community is one of our core values. We encourage our staff to become involved in pro bono and community service activities. Whether we are working to expand access to justice to those in need, or supporting veterans, these efforts improve the world around and strengthen firm culture.
We run regular mentorship, literacy and tutoring programs for children in our communities.
DLA Piper volunteers participate in the Capital Dragon Boat Regatta in Washington, DC, supporting the National Veterans Legal Services Program, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to veterans and active duty military personnel in military discharge and disability benefits proceedings.
DLA Piper's New York office volunteers at City Harvest's Bronx Mobile Market, helping to distribute fresh produce. Employees helped distribute 22,000 pounds of food in just a few hours in 2017. The Mobile Market helps New Yorkers ensure healthy food on the table for their families and allows volunteers to learn about creative ways to fight hunger.
We value diversity and respect the individual. We are committed to creating a culture that is inclusive of all people, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed and pathways to success are transparent. Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) mission is to increase the diversity of people, perspectives and experiences represented at all levels of the firm and to nurture an increasingly inclusive culture where that diversity is valued, embraced and leveraged for the benefit of our people and our clients.
Our internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work on a variety of entry-level, administrative and research projects in a large law firm. We offer a summer internship program as well as internship opportunities throughout the year. Interns receive a combination of training and mentoring by professional staff and lawyers. Interns may have an opportunity to job shadow, attend meetings and/or observe court proceedings.
We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people across our practice and business service groups. We are looking for collaborative, results orientation people who enjoy working in a fast paced environment and have exceptional problem solving skills. Click below to learn more.
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