Los Angeles

Los Angeles The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, recorded music), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Los Angeles is also the largest manufacturing center in the United States. The contiguous ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together comprise the most significant port in North America and one of the most important ports in the world, and they are vital to trade within the Pacific Rim. Other significant industries include media production, finance, telecommunications, law, health and medicine, and transportation.

For many years, up until the mid-1990s, Los Angeles was home to many major financial institutions in the western United States, including First Interstate Bank, which merged with Wells-Fargo in 1996, Great Western Bank, merged with Washington Mutual in 1998, and Security Pacific National Bank, which merged with Bank of America in 1992. Los Angeles was also home to the Pacific Stock Exchange until it closed in 2001.

The city is home to three major Fortune 500 companies, including aerospace contractor Northrop Grumman, energy company Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and homebuilding company KB Home. The University of Southern California (USC) is the city's largest private sector employer.

Other companies headquartered in Los Angeles include Twentieth Century Fox, Univision, Metro Interactive, Premier America, CB Richard Ellis, Guess?, Tokyopop, The Jim Henson Company, Paramount Pictures, Robinsons-May, Sunkist, Fox Sports Net, Health Net, and 21st Century Insurance.

Laws firms with their main office in Los Angeles include Latham & Watkins, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, O'Melveny & Myers, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Irell & Manella.

Whether it's the Mediterranean climate or close priximity to beaches, Los Angeles has a unique, laid-back feel relative to the East Coast. With around 10,000 lawyers, though, the city has a thriving legal market.

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 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 Los Angeles Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, D.C. 57 49% 83.4
2 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco 102 49% 81.7
3 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston 125 44% 79.9
4 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Minneapolis 57 37% 79.1
4 Munger, Tolles & Olson Los Angeles 51 57% 78.8
6 Seyfarth Shaw National 88 52% 78.1
6 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. National 166 41% 77.7
6 Howrey Washington, D.C. 102 61% 77.5
9 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 167 60% 77.2
9 Nixon Peabody National 78 23% 76.8
9 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas 37 51% 76.5
12 Jones Day National 324 17% 75.4
12 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National 122 49% 75.2
12 Loeb & Loeb Los Angeles 25 68% 75.1
12 Lord, Bissell & Brook Chicago 35 31% 74.7
16 Hogan & Hartson National 176 21% 74.0
16 Katten Muchin Rosenman Chicago 99 85% 73.7
16 Latham & Watkins National 463 32% 73.6
19 Baker & Hostetler Cleveland 83 64% 73.2
19 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker National 163 96% 73.0
19 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman National 137 51% 72.9
19 Reed Smith Pittsburgh 156 52% 72.9
19 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Los Angeles 74 39% 72.7
19 Sidley Austin National 283 47% 72.6
25 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 371 14% 72.3
25 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 71.8
25 McDermott, Will & Emery National 178 32% 71.6
25 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York 109 46% 71.5
29 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago 78 23% 71.1
29 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 219 47% 70.8
29 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw National 181 42% 70.5
32 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47% 70.4
32 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National 120 49% 70.2
32 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York 54 50% 70.2
35 Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle 54 28% 69.1
35 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 142 62% 69.1
35 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 163 41% 68.9
35 White & Case International 150 48% 68.9
39 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Los Angeles 31 55% 68.4
39 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 300 47% 68.3
39 O'Melveny & Myers Los Angeles 244 39% 68.2
39 Duane Morris Philadelphia 44 68% 67.8
39 Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps San Diego 33 45% 67.8
39 Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold San Francisco 50 30% 67.8
39 Winston & Strawn Chicago 141 27% 67.8
39 Holland & Knight National 118 90% 67.6
39 Irell & Manella Los Angeles 42 55% 67.6
39 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 213 32% 67.5
49 Kaye Scholer New York 83 24% 66.6
50 McKenna Long & Aldridge National 46 72% 66.0
50 Proskauer Rose New York 133 36% 66.0
50 Bingham McCutchen National 176 42% 65.9
53 Heller Ehrman San Francisco 113 53% 65.3
54 Arnold & Porter Washington, D.C. 140 53% 63.7
54 Dewey Ballantine New York 78 49% 63.7
54 Sullivan & Cromwell New York 171 83% 63.6
57 Dykema Gossett Detroit 60.2
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