Dallas Dallas is the third-largest city in the state of Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. As of 2005, U.S. Census estimates put Dallas at a population of 1.2 million. The city is the main cultural and economic center of the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. At over 5.8 million people, it is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States and the largest metropolitan area in Texas.

In its beginnings, Dallas relied on farming, neighboring Fort Worth's cattle market, and its prime location on trade routes with Indians to sustain itself. Dallas's real key to growth came in 1873 though with the building of multiple rail lines through the city. As Dallas grew and technology developed, cotton became its boon-by 1900 Dallas was the largest inland cotton market on Earth and led the world in cotton gin machinery manufacturing. By the early 1900s, Dallas was a hub for economic activity all over the Southwestern United States and was selected in 1914 as the seat of the Eleventh Federal Reserve District; by 1925, Texas churned out more than ? of the nation's cotton crop, and 31% of Texas cotton was produced within a 100 mile (161 km) radius of Dallas. In the 1930s, oil was discovered east of Dallas near Kilgore, Texas, and Dallas's proximity to the discovery put it at the center of the nation's oil market. Oil discoveries in the Permian Basin, the Panhandle, the Gulf Coast, and Oklahoma in the following years further solidified Dallas's position as the hub of the market as it was roughly the geographic center of all 5 regions.

After World War II, Dallas was seeded with a nexus of communications engineering and production talent by companies such as Collins Radio Corp. The telecommunication and information revolutions that ensued still drive a great deal of the local economy. The city is sometimes referred to as Texas's Silicon Valley or the "Silicon Prairie" because of a high concentration of telecommunications companies-the epicenter of which lies along the "Telecom Corridor", home to more than 5,700 companies. The corridor is also home to Texas Instruments and regional offices for Alcatel, AT&T, Ericsson, Fujitsu, MCI, Nokia, Rockwell, CompUSA, Sprint, and Verizon, as well as the national office of Canadian Nortel.

Dallas is no longer a hotbed for manufacturing like it was in the early 20th century-partially due to constraints placed by the DFW Ozone Nonattainment Area-but plenty of goods are still manufactured in the city. Texas Instruments employs 10,400 people at its corporate headquarters and chip plants in Dallas and neighborhing Richardson. Oak Farms Dairy also headquarters and has a plant in the city.

Companies headquartered in Dallas, Irving or Mesquite include ExxonMobil, the largest company in the world (by revenue), 7-Eleven, id Software, Blockbuster, EDS, ENSCO Offshore Drilling, Kimberly-Clark, TXU, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Southwest Airlines, CompUSA, Texas Instruments, Fluor, and Zales. Corporate headquarters in the northern suburb of Plano include Frito Lay, Dr Pepper, and JCPenney.

The Dallas metroplex has more shopping centers per capita than any other United States city or metro, and is also home to the second shopping center in the United States, Highland Park Village, which opened in 1931. The city itself is also home to 12 billionaires-concentrated in the Preston Hollow area of north Dallas-placing it 9th worldwide among cities with the most billionaires. When combined with the 8 billionaires who live in Dallas's sister city of Fort Worth, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the greatest concentrations of billionaires in the world.

Law firms with main offices in Dallas include: Jenkens & Gilchrist, Strasburger & Price and Winstead Sechrest & Minick.


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 Dallas Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Baker & McKenzie International 80 30% 84.6
2 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas 37 51% 84.2
2 Fish & Richardson National 76 54% 83.6
4 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston 125 44% 81.2
5 Vinson & Elkins Houston 124 68% 80.4
5 Strasburger & Price Dallas 22 45% 80.0
7 Hunton & Williams Richmond 145 42% 78.4
7 Winstead Sechrest & Minick Dallas 34 35% 78.4
7 Baker Botts Houston 117 23% 77.6
10 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 241 22% 75.8
11 Andrews Kurth Houston 63 19% 75.0
11 Jones Day National 324 17% 75.0
13 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 72.2
14 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47% 70.4
14 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 142 62% 70.2
14 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National 120 49% 70.0
14 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 219 47% 69.8
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