Chicago

ChicagoThe Windy City is the largest city in the Midwest and has the third largest gross metropolitan product in the nation. The city has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in the United States due to its high level of diversification. For four of the past five years, the Chicago metropolitan area recorded the greatest number of new or expanded corporate facilities in the United States. Chicago is a major financial center and is home to the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the "Merc"). Manufacturing, printing and publishing, and food processing also play major roles in the city's economy.

Chicago's strong economy relies on a healthy legal sector. In a large city, prospective law associates have many choices among law firms. Here we look at the survey responses of thousands of associates to find out how likely they are the continue working at their current firm. This has been shown to be an accurate indicator of how content associates are, in general, with their jobs. This year Ross, Dixon & Bell, with a high response rate, was ranked as the Best Firm to Work For in Chicago.

Methodology

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 the 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 Chicago Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Ross, Dixon & Bell Washington, D.C. 20 80% 80.0
2 Quarles & Brady Milwaukee 57 54% 78.5
3 Seyfarth Shaw National 88 52% 78.1
3 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. National 166 41% 77.7
3 Howrey Washington, D.C. 102 61% 77.5
6 Michael Best & Friedrich Milwaukee 32 63% 77.3
6 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas 37 51% 76.5
8 Jenner & Block Chicago 80 25% 76.2
8 Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Chicago 28 68% 75.6
10 Jones Day National 324 17% 75.4
10 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National 122 49% 75.2
10 Lord, Bissell & Brook Chicago 35 31% 74.7
13 Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz Chicago 31 42% 74.2
13 Katten Muchin Rosenman Chicago 99 85% 73.7
13 Latham & Watkins National 463 32% 73.6
16 Sidley Austin National 283 47% 72.6
17 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 371 14% 72.3
17 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 71.8
17 McDermott, Will & Emery National 178 32% 71.6
20 Bryan Cave National 109 64% 71.3
20 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago 78 23% 71.1
20 Chapman and Cutler Chicago 17 94% 70.5
20 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw National 181 42% 70.5
20 Schiff Hardin Chicago 42 40% 70.5
25 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47% 70.4
26 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 163 41% 68.9
27 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 300 47% 68.3
27 Winston & Strawn Chicago 141 27% 67.8
27 Holland & Knight National 118 90% 67.6
30 Kelley Drye & Warren New York 42 64% 65.2
31 Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon Chicago 19 89% 63.1
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