2006 Law Firm Rankings

The following rankings are based on over 5,600 midlevel associates (3rd, 4th & 5th year) survey responses. "Happiness" is defined as interest and satisfaction with the work, compensation and benefits, and work/life balance. The data comes from The American Lawyer's 2005 Midlevel Associates Survey. Please visit that site (free registration required) to see complete survey results for each law firm.

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The Happiest

Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Total Midlevels Respondents Response Rate
1 Harter, Secrest & Emery Rochester, NY Albany; Buffalo; Rochester, NY 14 13 93%
2 Nutter McClennen & Fish Boston Boston 16 12 75%
3 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, DC Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 45 28 62%
4 Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis Denver; Minneapolis 15 10 67%
5 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC Atlanta; Cambridge, MA; Reston, VA; Washington, DC 51 18 35%
6 Miles & Stockbridge Baltimore Baltimore; Easton, MD; Rockville, MD 28 16 57%
7 Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle Bellevue, WA; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 46 12 26%
8 Snell & Wilmer Phoenix Denver; Irvine, CA; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Salt Lake City; Tucson 71 39 55%
8 Strasburger & Price Dallas Austin, TX; Dallas; Frisco, TX; Houston 20 10 50%
10 Harris Beach Rochester, NY Buffalo; Ithaca, NY; New York; Rochester, NY 22 12 55%
11 Debevoise & Plimpton New York New York 133 20 15%
12 Goulston & Storrs Boston Boston 16 11 69%
12 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas Austin, TX; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Pasadena 35 12 34%
14 Cooley Godward Palo Alto Broomfield, CO; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; San Diego; San Francisco 83 40 48%
14 Loeb & Loeb Los Angeles Los Angeles; New York 22 14 64%
16 Andrews Kurth Houston Dallas; Houston 55 11 20%
17 Young Conaway Wilmington Wilmington 14 11 79%
18 Jenner & Block Chicago Chicago 81 13 16%
18 McKenna Long & Aldridge National Atlanta; Denver; Los Angeles; Washington, DC 40 28 70%
20 Lewis and Roca Phoenix Albuquerque; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Tucson 25 23 92%

The Least Happy

151 Holme Roberts & Owen Denver Colorado Springs; Denver; Salt Lake City 22 10 45%
152 Alston & Bird Atlanta Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; New York; Raleigh; Washington, DC 122 66 54%
152 Chadbourne & Parke New York New York; Washington, DC 48 14 29%
154 Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner New York New York 31 23 74%
155 Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto New York Costa Mesa, CA; New York 33 19 58%
156 Adams and Reese New Orleans Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham; Houston; Jackson, MS; New Orleans 33 12 36%
157 Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle New York New York; Stamford, CT 17 14 82%
158 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York New York 53 17 32%
159 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York Charlotte, NC; London; New York; Washington, DC 89 33 37%
160 Proskauer Rose New York Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Newark 111 42 38%
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