Law Firm Rankings

This is a ranking of highest amount of pay per hour worked at law firms. Pay includes both the salary and bonus. The following figures are based on Midlevel associates (3rd, 4th & 5th year). 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 Highest 20

Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Average Salary Average Bonus Average Hours Worked Pay per Hour
1 Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler New York New York $163,929 $36,154 53.3 $72.19
2 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC $165,645 $37,283 54.2 $72.00
3 Ropes & Gray Boston Boston; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC $171,807 $37,806 56.6 $71.22
4 McKee Nelson Washington, DC New York; Washington, DC $169,091 $48,333 59.1 $70.75
5 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, DC Baltimore; Boston; New York; Washington, DC $177,355 $30,027 56.5 $70.59
6 Allen & Overy International Hong Kong; London; New York; Tokyo $168,824 $39,171 57.2 $69.93
7 Schulte Roth & Zabel New York New York $170,238 $38,625 57.6 $69.73
8 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York New York $172,083 $82,778 71.1 $68.93
9 Dewey Ballantine New York East Palo Alto; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC $166,094 $32,625 56.5 $67.64
10 Willkie Farr & Gallagher New York New York; Washington, DC $166,667 $33,074 56.9 $67.51
11 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York New York $160,667 $56,033 61.9 $67.32
12 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York Austin, TX; Boston; Dallas; Houston; Miami; New York; Redwood Shores, CA; Washington, DC $165,368 $39,676 58.6 $67.29
13 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago Chicago; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC $165,946 $42,302 59.9 $66.86
14 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York London; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto $163,750 $43,723 60 $66.50
15 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC Atlanta; Cambridge, MA; Reston, VA; Washington, DC $164,706 $22,137 54.2 $66.29
16 Debevoise & Plimpton New York New York $160,556 $37,941 57.6 $66.27
17 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel New York New York $167,167 $27,500 56.5 $66.26
18 Shearman & Sterling New York Beijing; Hong Kong; London; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Paris; San Francisco; Toronto, Ontario; Washington, DC $167,719 $37,518 59.7 $66.11
19 Kaye Scholer New York Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC $165,759 $20,460 54.6 $65.59
20 Fenwick & West Mountain View, CA Mountain View, CA; San Francisco $170,000 $16,682 54.8 $65.51

The Lowest 10

151 Lewis and Roca Phoenix Albuquerque; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Tucson $102,786 $7,900 53.9 $39.49
152 Dykema Gossett Detroit Ann Arbor, MI; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Chicago; Detroit; Lansing, MI $101,667 $6,214 52.9 $39.22
153 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Columbus Alexandria, VA; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus $110,158 $0 55.4 $38.24
154 Holland & Hart Denver Billings, MT; Boise; Boulder; Cheyenne, WY; Denver; Salt Lake City; Santa Fe $95,222 $7,861 52.4 $37.83
155 Carlton Fields Tampa Atlanta; Miami; Orlando; St. Petersburg; Tampa; West Palm Beach, FL $102,235 $4,321 54.9 $37.33
156 Barnes & Thornburg Indianapolis Chicago; Elkhart, IN; Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis; South Bend, IN $104,321 $5,808 57.3 $36.96
157 Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis Denver; Minneapolis $94,222 $5,463 51.9 $36.94
158 Adams and Reese New Orleans Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham; Houston; Jackson, MS; New Orleans $93,318 $2,517 53.6 $34.38
159 Harris Beach Rochester, NY Buffalo; Ithaca, NY; New York; Rochester, NY $79,667 $1,650 51.3 $30.48
160 Harter, Secrest & Emery Rochester, NY Albany; Buffalo; Rochester, NY $83,038 $3,083 56.2 $29.47
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