Minneapolis Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota. Minneapolis sits on both banks of the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital and second-largest city. Together they form the core of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the 16th-largest agglomeration in the country, with about three million residents. Twenty four lakes in the city are now part of a renowned public park system that is used for walking and running, gatherings, cycling and water sports.

The climate of Minneapolis is typical of cities located in the Midwestern United States. However, due to the city's northerly location, it generally runs on the cold side. Winters are particularly punishing with bitter cold arctic air masses pushing their way south from Canada. Of all the major metropolitan areas in the U.S., the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area has the coldest annual mean temperature of only 7.5° C (45.5° F). There are four distinct seasons, with characteristic large changes in temperatures over a short period of time.

Minneapolis's early economy was based on agriculture. Today, after the government and the University of Minnesota, some of the largest employers are the medical and financial industries. Ameriprise Financial, Carlson Companies, Donaldson Company, Dorsey & Whitney, General Mills, Goldner Hawn, PepsiAmericas, RBC Dain Rauscher, Target Corporation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy and Valspar Corporation are based in Minneapolis. Dairy Queen, Medtronic and Nash Finch sometimes state that their headquarters are in Minneapolis although they are in nearby suburbs. Availability of Wi-Fi, transportation solutions, medical trials, advanced degrees held by the work force, university research and development expenditures, energy conservation are so far above the national average that in 2005, Popular Science named Minneapolis the "Top Tech City" in the United States. Minneapolis ranked the country's number two best city in a 2006 Kiplinger's poll of Smart Places to Live and one of the Seven Cool Cities for young professionals.

Law firms with main offices in Minneapolis include Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre & Benson, Lindquist & Vennum and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

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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.

Best Minneapolis Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (120-180)
1 Faegre & Benson Minneapolis 64 45 172
1 Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis 130 10 172
3 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Minneapolis 57 37 170
4 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis 107 27 167
5 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston 125 44 166
6 Briggs and Morgan St. Paul 140 10 155
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