Pittsburgh Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Built on the land between the confluence of the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers and the surrounding hills, Pittsburgh features a skyline of skyscrapers and dozens of bridges.

Once an industrial center, the collapse of the United States steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s has had a lasting impact on Pittsburgh's economy and identity: Pittsburgh's economy shifted to healthcare, education, technology, and financial services.

Despite a declining population, Pittsburgh remains the chief city of the eastern Ohio River Valley. Because of its setting, economic opportunities, low cost of living, and growing educational, cultural and medical infrastructures, Pittsburgh has been ranked multiple times as one of the nation's most livable cities.

The growth of Pittsburgh and its economy was caused by the extensive trade of steel. Since, Pittsburgh has adapted to the collapse of the region's steel industry. The primary industries have shifted more to high technology, such as robotics, health care, nuclear engineering, tourism, biomedical technology, finance, and services. Education is also a major employer, from primary through magnet schools, specialized professional institutes and highly-ranked universities. In 2006, Expansion Magazine ranked Pittsburgh among the top 10 metropolitan areas in the nation for climates favorable to business expansion.

Pittsburgh has grown its industry base in recent years to include technology, retail, finance and medicine. The largest employer in the city is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed closely by the University of Pittsburgh.

Law firms with main offices in Pittsburgh include Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, Buchanan Ingersoll and Reed Smith.


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 Pittsburgh Law Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (120-180)
1 Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis Philadelphia 21 86 168
2 Buchanan Ingersoll Pittsburgh 39 77 164
2 Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia 90 63 164
4 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National 122 49 162
5 Duane Morris Philadelphia 44 68 161
5 Jones Day National 324 17 161
5 Reed Smith Pittsburgh 156 52 161
8 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 142 62 158
8 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47 158
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