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Rank: 3; No. of lawyers: 228

Dorsey & Whitney – Minnesota’s Largest Law Firms

DorseyLogoLLP-TM-PMS-probably too smallRank: 3

No. of lawyers: 228

50 S. Sixth Street, Suite #1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402



Founded 1912


Ken Cutler

Ken Cutler


Ken Cutler



Dorsey is a business law firm, applying a business perspective to clients’ needs. We make it our first priority to know the context in which you do business – your market, your competitors, your industry.

Because we understand your business, you can rely on Dorsey for legal solutions that fit your unique circumstances. Leading companies think globally, and we understand the challenges and opportunities of the global marketplace. To compete around the world, businesses must enter new markets, establish joint ventures overseas, and navigate international law. With offices on four continents, Dorsey offers access to native legal experience virtually anywhere in the world.

We’ve earned our clients’ trust because we understand that client service is a core value. In fact, our partnership began in 1912 to meet the specific needs of a prominent Minneapolis business. Quite literally, Dorsey exists to serve its clients. Companies turn to us because we understand how to manage even the most complicated legal matters. Our deep experience, supported by a formidable corporate infrastructure, allows us to resolve our clients’ toughest projects: massive mergers, sophisticated contracts, complex litigation and more.



Agricultural Law; Antitrust and Trade Regulation; Appellate Practice; Banking/Finance; Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring; Biotechnology; Business Litigation; Business/Corporate; Casinos and Gambling; Class Actions; Construction Law; Education; Employment/Employee Benefits; Energy/Environmental/Regulated Industry; Financial Services/Institutions; Franchise/Franchising; Government Regulation/Government Affairs; Health Care/Life Sciences; Immigration; Indian Law; Intellectual Property; International Law/Trade; Labor and Employment Law; Litigation; Mergers and Acquisitions; Municipal/Local Government; Natural Resources; Nonprofit/Charitable Organizations; Patents/Trademarks; Private Equity, Emerging Growth and Venture Capital; Real Estate Litigation; Securities and Finance; Tax/Benefits/ERISA; Technology and Licensing; Trust and Estates; White Collar Crime.



Kenneth L. Cutler

Managing Partner


Kimberley R. Anderson

Partner, Managment Committee


B. Andrew Brown

Partner, Managment Committee


Robert J. Dwyer Jr.

Partner, Managment Committee


Annette W. Jarvis

Partner, Managment Committee


Robert A. Rosenbaum

Partner, Managment Committee


Steven J. Wells

Partner, Managment Committee




Bryn Vaaler



MN lawyers (excluding of counsel): 228 (89 female, 155 male)

Equity partners: 211 (35 female, 176 male)

Total attorneys (worldwide): 567

MN new hires in 2013: 31 (14 female, 17 male)

MN elevations in 2013: 3 (1 female, 2 male)

MN departures in 2013: 22 (13 female, 9 male)

MN “of counsel” lawyers: 16

MN paralegals: 32

MN non-paralegal support staff: 300

MN minority lawyers (MN only and applies to race and ethnicity not gender): 17 (2 partner, 15 non-partner)

Annual billable hours expected of associates: 1,850, of which 50 can be pro bono

Associates’ starting salary as of Jan. 1, 2013: Varies by office

Total number of annual hours devoted to pro bono representation: 40,583 of which 29,054 were Law Firm PB Challenge hours.

Company dress code: Fridays casual only

Length of paid family leave: 8 weeks paid parental leave — attorneys only

Flextime for lawyers: Yes

Part-time lawyers: Yes

Telecommuting for lawyers: Yes

Flextime for staff: Yes

Part-time staff: Yes

Telecommuting for staff: Yes

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