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Dorsey & Whitney Overview

Minneapolis, MN
1001 to 5000 employees
1912
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Dorsey is proud to be named a 2017 Working Mother Best Law Firm for Women in recognition of using best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.

    The 2017 Working Mother 50 Best Law Firms for Women

    Congrats to the 2017 Working Mother 50 Best Law Firms for Women! For a decade, Working Mother has recognized U.S. law firms that create and use best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.

  • Dorsey is proud to announce that Kim Severson has been named Chair of the Policy Committee.

    Dorsey Partner Kim Severson Named Chair of Policy Committee | News & Resources | Dorsey

    International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Minneapolis-based Tax Partner Kim Severson has been named Chair of the Firm's Policy Committee, which operates as Dorsey's board of directors. Ms. Severson succeeds New York-based Trial Partner Richard Silberberg, who served as Chair from 2015-2017.

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Dorsey & Whitney – Why Work For Us?


 
The business-wise and world-wise lawyers and staff of Dorsey & Whitney LLP help clients gain the critical advantage and edge they need to outperform their competition, achieve growth goals, manage and capitalize on change and protect the value of their enterprise. With locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients' legal and business needs, representing many of the world's most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including the banking, energy, food and agribusiness, health care, mining and natural resources, and public-private project development sectors, as well as major non-profit and government entities.
 


ARE YOU READY TO MOVE AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER?

Our attorneys and other professionals work together to give clients a competitive edge and help them reach the finish line ahead of the pack. There is a simple formula for our success: hire outstanding people, develop their potential, and support their careers in delivering superb client service. Whether you are an attorney, software engineer, law student, legal secretary, or other professional, you can move ahead in your career at Dorsey.

Move ahead. Join us at Dorsey.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex,
national origin, sexual orientation, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, or military or veteran status.




At Dorsey, community is a core value. We honor a legal tradition of using our abilities and resources for the benefit of others, whether we are helping the underprivileged gain access to our legal system through pro bono work, providing financial support to charitable organizations or devoting personal time in volunteer service.  Whenever possible, we partner with clients to serve our communities together.

Pro Bono
Our robust and eclectic pro bono program enables each of our lawyers to find their individual pro bono passion and use it to help disadvantaged individuals in their community. We are constantly adding new pro bono projects and seeking opportunities to help more people and carry out work that is important to our lawyers.  

We are a proud charter signatory of the American Bar Association's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, under which firms pledge to provide pro bono legal assistance equal to at least three percent of their billable hours. In 2015 we provided over 42,672 hours of pro bono legal services to low income individuals and nonprofit organizations.

Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation is a tax exempt organization formed in 1982 by partners of Dorsey committed to supporting charitable causes in the communities where the firm's attorneys and their families live and work, with particular emphasis on organizations that provide legal services to the disadvantaged and organizations in which Dorsey partners and other attorneys participate actively as board members and volunteers.  

Each year, the Foundation makes direct grants to approximately 200 organizations across North America, in addition to supporting hundreds more organizations through its charitable contribution matching program for attorneys.

 
Volunteer Council
The mission of the Dorsey & Whitney Volunteer Council is to develop and coordinate secular , non-political volunteer activities in which all personnel can contribute to the improvement of our community and build constructive relationships with one another outside the workplace.
 
Support staff receive on paid volunteer day each calendar year to participate in Dorsey-sponsored volunteer activities.
undefinedWE ARE COMMITTED TO BEING AN INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION THAT VALUES DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, PERSPECTIVES AND CONTRIBUTIONS.

Dorsey understands the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive workplace. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. Dorsey provides each individual an equal opportunity to succeed and contribute, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or physical ability.

We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of the Firm’s community. One of Dorsey’s greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual.

“Diversity is not a numbers game. It’s an active, intentional process to incorporate the needs and viewpoints of diverse communities into all aspects of the Firm.”  –Cornell Leverette Moore, Firm-wide Diversity Co-Chair
“This is a people business. For the people of Dorsey to best contribute to our clients’ successes, we must bring together diverse backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the communities and clients we serve.”  –Rebecca Bernhard, Firm-wide Diversity Co-Chair

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For over 100 years, we have lived our core values of clients, community and colleagues.  We have been recognized for the superb quality of our client service, for our commitment to pro bono and other community service and for the quality and inclusiveness of our workplace. 

Among our many distinguished alumni are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser and former U.S. Vice President and Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale.  Dozens of other Dorsey lawyers have gone on to prominent careers in business, government, politics, the judiciary and legal education.

We were formed in 1912 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the request of a client that is still a valued client today.  We believe the longevity of our client relationships is something that distinguishes us and that speaks to the competitive edge we deliver to our clients.  From the 1980s to the present, the Firm has continued to expand to meet client needs.  Today, Dorsey lawyers practice in locations throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and serve clients all around the world.

Dorsey & Whitney Reviews

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    "Overall pretty good company"

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    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Standard benefits. A couple benefits are above average.

    -Pay can be good. Depends on department/position/experience.

    -Good resume builder and networking. Large enterprise company with multiple branches throughout the US and abroad that provide exposure to a complex corporate business structure. Opportunities in other locations are possible.

    -Strong effort in trying to foster positive work culture through parties, diversity events, activities, food, employee recognition, etc. Office Admins, Management, HR at HQ and each location try very hard to give good experiences.

    -Food. Large law firms tend to have lots of food around. Food for parties, food from client events, wine and beer, etc.

    -Autonomy. You are trusted to do your work.

    Some of the purely negative reviews are inaccurate. This company is a perfectly fine company to work for and gain experience. All companies will have their pros and cons.

    Cons

    -Some employees complained about low pay. Pay depends on department/position/experience.

    -Law firm hierarchy can be negative.

    -Laughable holiday bonus for staff. Many firms offer profit sharing or performance based bonuses. Get with the times.

    -Autonomy. Some employees should not be trusted to work alone.

    Advice to Management

    -Update salaries and benefits to attract top talent across the board, not just attorneys. You won't have a top firm with high-salary attorneys and low-salary staff.

    -Stop centralizing everything at HQ. Spread positions and responsibilities across the other offices. Limiting a skillful employee's work responsibilities due to firm politics is bad business. It's highly inefficient that someone in NY needs to ask someone at HQ to click a button for a routine task.

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Dorsey & Whitney Photos

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Dorsey & Whitney Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Dorsey & Whitney (New York, NY) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online. After 30 days got two phone interviews. One month after the phone interview and an in person interview which consisted of software and typing tests and round table interview with HR and attorneys which lasted about three hours total. Was called for a second interview with another round table interviews with HR and attorneys and was told they will make their decision soon. This was one month ago.

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Dorsey & Whitney Awards & Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America(97 Lawyer Nominations), Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Canada(5 Lawyer Nominations), Best Lawyers, 2016
  • 100% Rated Employer, Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, 2016
  • Best Law Firms, US News & World Report, 2016
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality(Law Firms), Human Rights Campaign, 2016
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