BostonBoston is the capital and the most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the largest city in New England. Boston is one of the oldest and most culturally significant cities in the United States. Boston was the location of several major events during the American Revolution, and was a major shipping port and manufacturing center.

Boston's colleges and universities have a major impact on the city and region's economy. Not only are they major employers, but they also attract high-tech industries to the city and surrounding region, including computer hardware and software companies as well as biotechnology companies like Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Millipore, Genzyme, and Biogen Idec. Boston receives the highest amount of annual funding from the National Institutes of Health of all cities in the United States.

Other important industries include financial services, especially mutual funds and insurance. Boston-based Fidelity Investments helped popularize the mutual fund in the 1980s, and has made Boston one of the top financial cities in the United States. The city is also the regional headquarters of major banks such as Bank of America and Sovereign Bank, and a center for venture capital. Boston is also a printing and publishing center. Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin is headquartered within the city. The city is home to four major convention centers: the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay, the Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester, and the World Trade Center Boston and Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on the South Boston waterfront. Because of its status as a state capital and the regional home of federal agencies, law and government is another major component of the city's economy.

Major companies headquartered within the city include Gillette, owned by Procter & Gamble, and Teradyne, one of the world's leading manufacturers of semiconductor and other electronic test equipment. New Balance has its headquarters in the city. Other major companies are located outside the city, especially along Route 128. The Port of Boston is a major seaport along the United States' east coast, and is also one of the oldest continuously-operated industrial and fishing ports in the Western Hemisphere.

Law firms having main offices in Boston include Fish & Richardson, Ropes & Gray, Goodwin Procter, and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky.


This ranking is based on how much over 6,000 associates like their own firms. This ranking does not include prestige, salary or other factors except as they influence how much an associate enjoys working at his or her firm, and how likely said associate is to stay at his or her current firm. Associates from all law firms did not participate. Only firms with 10 or more respondents are included.

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Best Boston Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Goulston & Storrs Boston 16 81% 92.4
2 Nutter McClennen & Fish Boston 23 83% 84.2
2 Fish & Richardson National 76 54% 83.6
4 Day, Berry & Howard Hartford 41 37% 82.6
5 Foley Hoag Boston 50 34% 81.2
5 Seyfarth Shaw National 88 52% 80.8
7 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. National 166 41% 79.2
7 Nixon Peabody National 78 23% 78.8
9 Goodwin Procter Boston 145 65% 77.4
10 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 241 22% 75.8
11 Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Providence 76 17% 75.4
11 Duane Morris Philadelphia 44 68% 74.6
13 Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen Philadelphia 35 94% 74.0
13 Dechert National 182 34% 73.8
13 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, D.C. 250 36% 73.8
16 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 72.2
16 McDermott, Will & Emery National 178 32% 72.0
18 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 142 62% 70.2
18 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 371 14% 70.2
18 Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels Boston 26 46% 70.0
21 Holland & Knight National 118 90% 68.0
22 Bingham McCutchen National 176 42% 66.2
22 Ropes & Gray Boston 194 31% 65.8
22 Proskauer Rose New York 133 36% 65.6
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