DLA Piper Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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DLA Piper is a multinational law firm with offices in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2014, it had total revenues of US$2.48 billion and average profit per equity partner of US$1.490 million, and was the third largest law firm in the United States as measured by revenue.DLA Piper was formed, in January 2005, by a merger between three law firms: San Diego-based Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, Baltimore-based Piper Rudnick LLP and United Kingdom-based DLA LLP. It is composed of two partnerships, the United Kingdom-based DLA Piper International LLP and the United States-based DLA Piper LLP (US). The two partnerships share a single global board and are structured as a Swiss Verein.

A former legal secretary mentioned, "Do NOT work at DLA Piper! This was a complete garbage of a law firm. The management was abysmally inadequate, the associate attorneys were complete untrained, especially working with staff, and the partners at the top could have cared less about anyone but themselves! I temped here for almost a year, without any offers of permanent employment or even raises for my hard work! Then they merged with another big firm and soon everyone, including some senior partners down to our manager, as well as other staffers including me, left for greener pastures elsewhere. FYI, you've been warned fair and square!"


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Attorney (Former Employee) says

"Incompetent management. Ask employees to stretch bounds of law. Partners are arrogant and disrespectful. Management does not support morale and cares only about profits. Cons: Everything at the job."

Desktop Support Specialist (Contract) says

"This place makes you feel sad. Not a good working environment and my department was horrible. No respect and it made you feel like you were being attacked at all times"

Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says

"I was paid minimum wage to do 50-60hrs a week, doing my own job and that of a paralegal. They would gaslight me into working extra hours because they were permanently understaffed and management (who went home on time everyday and did no extra hours ever) would get angry if I was unable to do extra hours. No benefits for all the overtime work that was done. Cons: Long hours, terrible management, minimum wage"

Legal Records Specialist (Former Employee) says

"I worked in Records for few months. They were extremely unprofessional. They had no respect for each other and had a constant issue with harassment. I would not recommend this firm."

Records Mgr., Facilities, Courier/Copy Operator (Former Employee) says

"Always Short Staffed and Spread You Thin To Work For Different Departments. Lawyers and Clerks Always Right So Staff Are Always Wrong. Staff Stab Each Other In The Back and Gossip Galore in Their Cliques. HR Controled By Layers So Staff Have NO Say. Cons: Undered Pay Staff But Lawyers Get Everything."

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Do NOT work here! This was a complete garbage of a law firm. The management was abysmally inadequate, the associate attorneys were complete untrained, especially working with staff, and the partners at the top could have cared less about anyone but themselves! I temped here for almost a year, without any offers of permanent employment or even raises for my hard work! Then they merged with another big firm and soon everyone, including some senior partners down to our manager, as well as other staffers including me, left for greener pastures elsewhere. FYI, you've been warned fair and square! Cons: Bad management, bad incentives, lousy pay, etc."


"The finance department is being converted into a call center and too many hard working people loose their jobs on the spot. They don't care about staff."

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Due to the horribly phony, insincere, incompetent, clicky and nasty management and HR staff of DLA Piper, as a non-legal staff member, it was a horrible place to work. Unless there is a significant non-legal staff management change, I would NOT recommend working at this Firm. They are horrible to employees."

Manager (Former Employee) says

"DLA Piper LLP does not care for its managers/employees. If you are facing taking a LOA due to anything medically necessary, possibly life-threatening, suffer any kind of personal/family loss, DLA Piper lies stating they will cover your salary at 100%, and instead, eliminates your position, then forces employee to sign severance agreements under the threat of losing medical insurance should you not sign, and even holds paychecks until you do sign. Because of their size, they get away with breaking laws and hurting/losing great people!"

Administrative Assistant and Legal Secretary (Current Employee) says

"Management has become too focused on the bottom line. As a result, the firm has done very little to boost morale. Management does not foster a positive work environment, and they do not communicate with staff. Cons: Hours, managers do not communicate with staff"

Manager (Current Employee) says

"Held back by upper management. There is an entitlement mentality at this company. Lazy people get by with a pass. All they care about is saving money."

Legal Assistant to Partner (Former Employee) says

"I was hired to assist a partner as his legal assistant. I replaced an assistant who was supposed to "train" me; however, she never did as she accepted a position on another floor. Cons: Awful Environment, No Training, Rude/Arrogant Partner, HR Dept. Offers no Assistance to what goes on after you are hired"

Temporary Office Service Lead (Former Employee) says

"have no clue only worked as a temp to see the meger go thru. don't know enough about the company to say anything. was p only there for 4 months as a temp employee"

Sr. Paralegal for Commercial (Former Employee) says

"I worked in the international arbitration group for my first two years, and I loved it. Then those lawyers all left suddenly. Then I worked in the general litigation group which was much less pleasant but still OK. The lawyers were a smart fun group. They kept me hopping. Then they left, too, for various reasons, but all within a year. The firm didn't replace the associates, it just kept taking on partners (laterals). I found out that clients didn't want to pay NY lawyer fees, so they were having lawyers from other offices (DC, Boston, NJ, Chicago, SF) work on NY cases. But NY courts are tricky. As a Sr. Paralegal, I had to teach them about NY procedure. Which would have been fine, except that everything was done on an emergency basis, no face-to-face contact with anyone, no rewarding feeling of being part of a team. Frankly it sucked. I stayed on with only sporadic work, waiting for them to let me go, which they finally did with a nice severance package. Cons: Always striving to do more with less. It gets old."

Real Estate Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"It was a difficult position. The drama started when I was hired to support four and it turned into eight. Lies and deceit. Disrespectful. Never satisfied. Cons: Too many to name."

Applicatiebeheerder (Current Employee) says

"Als staf medewerker kost je alleen maar geld aan alles merk je dat je niet gewaardeerd word door het hoger management"

Consultant (Former Employee) says

"Never known anything with so much deceit with goalposts moved, blatant dishonesty and a refusal to honour agreements. Cons: Lies and refusal to honour deals"

Analyst (Former Employee) says

"By far the the worst place I have worked. Horrible management, bullying nature and forced to leave even though HR had been informed what was happening . Guess what... it is still happening with the same manager with HR again involved but nothing done!"

Temporary Secretary (Former Employee) says

"This DLA I worked there as a temporary secretary. There are different cultures and I reserve my comments on this company. People always come and go."

Client Trust Specialist (Current Employee) says


Former Employee - Case Assistant says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time Cons: Poor training, discrimination, HR and Managment is useless if you ever have a problem"

Current Employee - Legal Counsel says

"I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Mediocre white lawyers. I am glad recent reviews say that are better with diversity as it was a bunch of white dudes and Karen’s when I was there recently."

Former Employee - Legal Secretary says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Horrible culture and lower end skilled staff that create a hostile work environment. Management does nothing."

Current Employee - Associate says

"I have been working at DLA Piper full-time Cons: No consideration for employees and company culture. It blows my mind that they were selected as the most diverse law firm since it is one of the least diverse law firm I know of."

Former Employee - Administrative Assistant says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time for less than a year Cons: Office Politics is number one priority, constant games, racism and no transparency. Everyone runs to HR and supervisors to report each other. I realized that separating from DLA was one of the best things that happened to me, work wise."

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time for less than a year Cons: Did not enjoy the environment"

Former Employee - Finance says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Leadership only cares about bottom line maximization, at detriment to employee morale. Raises and bonuses only go to upper management or higher. There are plenty of directors and managers who do not manage any employees, and only a few people who do the actual work. There is no mentorship of any kind. People are only looking out for themselves. Plenty of sexual harassment deserving of punches to the face has occurred, but people are afraid to say anything since it's all a "boys club". The latest DLA Piper headlines are not a surprise. They cut trash pickup to every other day to save money. Water was shutoff in the building, but they still made everyone come in to work, with port-a-potties outside in the cold. Don't work here. It used to be nice to work here a long time ago. Not anymore."

Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist says

"I have been working at DLA Piper full-time for more than a year Cons: -Terrible management -Nothing is ever good enough -Favoritism among employees who have been there the longest"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than a year Cons: I have worked in a variety of places my entire life, but this company was by far the worst I have ever worked for. For the most part, staff were okay (aside from constant gossip). Unless you are a favorite (which by the way you have zero control over this), these people will emotionally abuse you and your supervisor will do nothing about it. I cried every single day toward my departure at this company due to a higher up here, every single day I had extreme anxiety and had to use calming methods before going into work. Other individuals also noticed that I was being mistreated and asked me multiple times because they would see it happening on a daily basis. Again, I have worked for more than a few company’s and I have never experienced what I did at DLA. Time and time again, I attempted to talk to my supervisor about ways to improve or just general guidance, and I was blown off/ignored. I will never forget this company for as long as I live- it taught me what to always avoid in my professional career. Supervisors here do not care about staff and will not try to help you perform better in any way. Their main concern is the individual who is above them (higher up). As a supervisor, if your employee tells you a comment someone says to them, it is their duty to get to the bottom of it as opposed to sweeping it under the rug like it did not happen. Be cautious and carefully read reviews on sites such as Glassdoor to see what the company is all about. You don’t want to end up in a situation like mine where everything seems to be going perfect, and then out of nowhere you’re forcefully being shoved out of the door within a two month time span. My supervisor never bothered to listen to what I had to say. If you’re an attorney or associate, be my guest. If not, do not unless of course you are a favorite. Thanks for reading."

Former Employee - Attorney says

"I worked at DLA Piper full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Its largely ineffective and confused global platform is the principal cause for work being cannibalized by one office on another. The emphasis is not on client relationship but on schmoozing with "internal" clients (i.e., other DLA offices). Referrals are the only way they get work to move and little to no emphasis is placed on obtaining 'real' clients. It's no meritocracy like other Big Law firms but one that encourages sycophancy. It's unfortunate -- there are a lot of talented people in its global network but the tribalism that exists in its major offices that seek to take away work from other offices will be this firm's downfall. Just look at the revolving door in this firm, the lack of minorities in its partnership ranks, the high turn-over rate..."

Omar says

"Worst law firm in Denmark. We approached this law firm to undertake a specialist drafting of a document related to the law of a non-EU country. The fact is DLA Piper is just license agreement to use the name much like McDonalds. They are NOT an "international law firm" as they claim. The 6-page document they produced was complete and utter rubbish and the fact is they knew they could never produce the work. They even misunderstood basic facts fundamental to the matter. We had to get another law firm to re-do the entire job and it ended up being over 60 pages long. What is shocking is we never became a client of DLA Piper Denmark and sign no terms of business with them. Therefore we were never a client. Never-the-less months later they demanded DKK 40,000 plus tax, and when we refused to pay they filed a court case with the Danish courts. Scam company and looking at the reviews this is an opinion that is shared by many. This kind of law firm should be closed down. UPDATE: Once this disgusting law firm saw this review they falsely claimed to Trust Pilot that it was fake. Thankfully Trust Pilot is a proper company and asked me for proof which I have produced. So this company doesn't even want the public to hear of all their scams and rather than change or try to resolve they resort to under-the-table tactics in order to scam more people. Scam law firm. UPDATE: Martin Lavesen (Managing Partner) himself issued me with a threat. They filed an invoice with the Danish courts and as my defence was in English wasn't accepted. These guys are crooks. Martin seems to be happy to invoice small start-up companies that were never a client and when they complain he gets his thug lawyers to issue court proceedings. If you don't want to get ripped off by these crooks look for a different law firm. UPDATE: Anyone having issues with DLA Piper should refer the matter to the Danish Bar and Law Society - it is the only organisation that can stop their unethical pratices."

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