Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2006 (Revised October 2006)

DLA Piper: Becoming a Global Firm

by Jay W. Lorsch and Alexis Chernak


Focuses on DLA Piper, a global law firm resulting from the merger of the combined U.S. firm Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and the British firm DLA. At the time of the merger, the firms had similar strategies for the future and approaches to clients. While figuring out some of the details in order to successfully merge, the firm leadership has many questions about how to further align the merged firms in terms of strategy, people and systems, structure, culture, and leadership. Examines some of the steps the firm plans to take in the future to achieve greater alignment in order to move from being several local and regional entities to becoming one global firm.

Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions; Global Strategy; Leadership; Alignment; Expansion; Legal Services Industry; United States;


Lorsch, Jay W., and Alexis Chernak. "DLA Piper: Becoming a Global Firm." Harvard Business School Case 407-057, October 2006. (Revised October 2006.)