Long Hours 40: Longest Hours Worked

See also the Best Hours 40 or 2006 Shortest Hour Law Firms.

This is a ranking of the shortest hours worked (not billed) by midlevel associates. Associates at the #1 firm, Carter Ledyard & Milburn, averaged 50 hours worked (39.3 billed) per week. Associates working the longest are at, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and worked on average 69.1 (and billed 59.6) hours per week.

There are 168 total hours in a week. Sleeping 8 hours a night, leaves you with 112 waking hours. Working 69.1 hours amounts to 61.7% of waking hours. (50 hours would be 44.6%.)

Ratings principally based on over 6,500 associate surveys (3rd-5th years). See The American Lawyer's 2006 Midlevel Associates Survey.

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Hours Worked
1 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York 31 45% 69.1
2 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York 105 21% 65.7
3 Sullivan & Cromwell New York 171 83% 65
4 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York 167 21% 62.7
5 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 213 32% 61.4
6 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York 61 44% 60.8
7 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 300 47% 59.9
7 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago 78 23% 59.9
7 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York 121 24% 59.8
10 Linklaters International 32 50% 59.7
10 Lowenstein Sandler Roseland, NJ 39 31% 59.6
12 Foley Hoag Boston 50 34% 58.9
13 Clifford Chance International 75 36% 58.7
14 Proskauer Rose New York 133 36% 58.6
14 Cozen O'Connor Philadelphia 27 63% 58.5
14 Dewey Ballantine New York 78 49% 58.5
17 LeClair Ryan Richmond 22 50% 58.5
18 Schulte Roth & Zabel New York 89 28% 58.4
18 Thacher Proffitt & Wood New York 57 30% 58.4
18 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 241 22% 58.4
18 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York 54 50% 58.3
18 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Los Angeles 31 55% 58.3
18 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw National 181 42% 58.3
18 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York 113 38% 58.2
18 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York 184 19% 58.2
18 Jenner & Block Chicago 80 25% 58.2
18 Latham & Watkins National 463 32% 58.2
28 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto 142 36% 58
29 Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels Boston 26 46% 57.9
29 Debevoise & Plimpton New York 140 20% 57.9
29 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson New York 137 41% 57.9
29 King & Spalding Atlanta 146 50% 57.9
29 Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz Chicago 31 42% 57.9
29 Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Providence 76 17% 57.8
29 McDermott, Will & Emery National 178 32% 57.8
36 Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Chicago 28 68% 57.7
36 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47% 57.6
38 Alston & Bird Atlanta 158 24% 57.5
38 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 57.5
38 Shearman & Sterling New York 162 26% 57.5
38 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, D.C. 57 49% 57.4
38 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. National 166 41% 57.4
38 Kenyon & Kenyon New York 43 30% 57.4
38 Winston & Strawn Chicago 141 27% 57.4
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