Drinker Biddle was founded 169 years ago with a set of core values that remain the foundation of who we are as a firm. These values of commitment, collaboration, civility, integrity and excellence are central to how we pursue success, both as an institution and for our clients.
In 2017, the work and contributions of the people of Drinker Biddle were a demonstration of our values in action. Our Annual Report showcases how we again focused with intensity and commitment on our clients, our communities and our people—our formula for success.
Bringing our Strategic Plan initiatives to life has enabled us to address the needs of our clients as they navigate a complex and quickly changing business, legal and cultural landscape. Our cross-disciplinary teams of lawyers and professionals continued to achieve results across sophisticated litigation, business and regulatory matters.
On the home front, we could not be prouder as a firm to have reached the milestone of women now comprising half of the firm’s elected Managing Partners and Executive Management Team. We are striving to be a leader in the profession when it comes to advancing women into leadership roles to reflect the diversity of our clients and society. We also initiated and continued many programs to support and develop our people in their careers, because we know that retaining and developing top talent is critical to serving our clients and sustaining our future as an institution. This includes developing and promoting our next generation of leaders into significant client relationship and firm management roles.
In our communities, our lawyers and professionals continued our long history of dedicated pro bono work for causes that are important to them and to their communities. This year’s report features examples of organizations we are proud to support.
As in any other industry or profession, law firms need to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment and adopt new and enhanced management and service models to serve client objectives. Innovation is part of our DNA and one of the reasons that we are excited about the future. As a firm, we embrace change but, at the same time, we continue to cherish our values and the culture that we believe is critical to our identity and successfully representing our clients.
We thank all of our clients, friends, alumni and everyone else who is a part of the Drinker Biddle community. We are proud to be able to support and work with you each and every day.