Philadelphia The city of Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth most populous city in the United States. It is colloquially referred to as Philly, and known as The City of Brotherly Love (from Greek: philos, "loving" and adelphos, "brother").

Philadelphia's economy is heavily based upon manufacturing, refining, food, and financial services. The city also has its own stock exchange.

The city is home to many major Fortune 500 companies, including cable television and internet provider Comcast, insurance companies CIGNA and Lincoln Financial Group, energy company Sunoco, food services company Aramark, Crown Holdings Incorporated, chemical makers Rohm and Haas Company and FMC Corporation, the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, Boeing helicopters division, and automotive parts retailer Pep Boys.

The federal government plays a large role in Philadelphia as well. The city served as the capital city of the United States, before the construction of Washington, D.C. Today, the East Coast operations of the United States Mint are based near the historic district, and the Federal Reserve Bank's Philadelphia division is based there as well. Philadelphia is also home to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Partly because of the historical presence of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the large ridership at 30th Street Station, Amtrak also maintains a significant presence in the city. These jobs include customer service representatives and ticket processing and other behind-the-scenes personnel, in addition to the normal functions of the railroad.

Because of the presence of the federal government, the city has a large contingent of law firms. The city is also a national center of law because of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Law School, Drexel University College of Law, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. Additionally, the headquarters of the American Law Institute is located in the city.

Firms with main offices in Philadelphia includes Blank Rome, Pepper Hamilton, Duane Morris and Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads.


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 Philadelphia Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young Philadelphia 18 94% 86.2
2 Saul Ewing Philadelphia 24 83% 84.0
2 Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis Philadelphia 21 86% 83.6
4 Cozen O'Connor Philadelphia 27 63% 80.0
5 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. National 166 41% 79.2
5 Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Philadelphia 49 41% 79.0
5 Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia 90 63% 79.0
5 Drinker Biddle & Reath Philadelphia 74 46% 78.8
5 Buchanan Ingersoll Pittsburgh 39 77% 78.6
10 Blank Rome Philadelphia 56 34% 76.8
11 Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads Philadelphia 20 90% 76.4
12 Duane Morris Philadelphia 44 68% 74.6
12 Reed Smith Pittsburgh 156 52% 74.6
14 Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen Philadelphia 35 94% 74.0
14 Dechert National 182 34% 73.8
16 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 72.2
17 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47% 70.4
17 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National 120 49% 70.0
17 Fox Rothschild Philadelphia 21 86% 70.0
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