International Business, Corporate, Employment Law, Healthcare, IP & Real Estate Law Firm
Duane Morris LLP
101 West Broadway
San Diego, California 92101-8285
Phone (619) 744-2200
Duane Morris LLP Overview
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges. Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, Duane Morris’ modern organization stretches from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East, and now across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial, collaborative culture that has attracted many talented attorneys. The firm’s leadership, and outside observers like the Harvard Business School, believe this culture is truly unique among large law firms, and helps account for the firm continuing to prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.
The law firm known today as Duane Morris was founded in Philadelphia in 1904. In the early 20th century, the partnership helped clients with any of the legal needs of the day, such as negotiating contracts between local business owners or handling the property issues regarding the sale of farmland. Our clients’ needs have changed dramatically since then. Our 21st century lawyers are more likely to negotiate multimillion-dollar transactions between global corporations or handle intellectual property issues regarding the licensing of biotechnology discoveries. From a partnership of four Philadelphia attorneys in 1904, the firm has grown to be among the 100 largest in the world. Duane Morris’ more than 800 lawyers now work out of offices in North America, Europe and Asia to address clients’ issues around the globe.
Throughout all the growth, Duane Morris always has been guided by the same principle. At the heart of our firm is a partnership, an agreement to work together in the pursuit of our clients’ goals. Under the leadership of the firm’s founders, and the influence of past and present chairmen, Duane Morris has embraced a culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus building that is rare among law firms. Decades ago, Morris Duane, former chairman and descendant of two of the firm’s founders, detailed the ideals and philosophies of service that our lawyers inherit from previous generations of Duane Morris partners, including: “Integrity, reliability, lack of greed, good humor, hard work of high quality, a desire to be the best, willingness to sacrifice personal pursuits for the benefit of clients, involvement in civic affairs for the benefit of the community, tolerance of divergent views, concern for those less fortunate, devotion to our families, and among the partners and all others in the office a subordination of self for the welfare of the group and its clients which in the world of sports is known as teamwork.”