Law Firm Rankings

This ranking factors in objective prestige measurements similar to those used by Vault. In addition, it seeks to balance prestige with an enjoyable work environment where enjoyable is defined roughly as liking one's work, getting enough training, billing a reasonable number of hours and where associates are likely to stay two more years. Enjoyable work versus prestige is weighted approximately 75:25.

The calculations are based in part on survey responses of 5,600 Midlevel associates (3rd, 4th & 5th year). Only firms with 10 or more survey responses are shown. Some of the data comes from The American Lawyer's 2005 Midlevel Associates Survey.

1-20 | 21-40 | 41-60 | 61-86
Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Total Midlevels Respondents Response Rate Prestige Enjoyable Place to Work Score (0-100)
1 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York Frankfurt; Hong Kong; New York; Paris 144 13 9% 4.3 4.2 82.2
2 Debevoise & Plimpton New York New York 133 20 15% 3.9 4.2 80.9
2 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC Atlanta; Cambridge, MA; Reston, VA; Washington, DC 51 18 35% 2.6 4.7 80.9
2 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York New York 35 14 40% 4.7 3.9 80.8
5 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco Denver; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Tokyo; Walnut Creek, CA; Washington, DC 182 104 57% 3.7 4.2 79.9
5 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles Dallas; Denver; Irvine, CA; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Washington, DC 198 105 53% 3.8 4.2 79.6
7 Jenner & Block Chicago Chicago 81 13 16% 3.1 4.3 78.4
7 Hogan & Hartson Washington, DC Baltimore; Brussels; Colorado Springs; Denver; London; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Washington, DC 188 49 26% 3.4 4.2 78.2
7 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Portland, OR; Sacramento; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 79 44 56% 3.3 4.3 78.2
7 Cooley Godward Palo Alto Broomfield, CO; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; San Diego; San Francisco 83 40 48% 3.1 4.3 78.1
11 Fish & Richardson National Boston; Dallas; Minneapolis; New York; Redwood City, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 65 15 23% 3.0 4.3 77.4
11 Ropes & Gray Boston Boston; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 176 58 33% 3.5 4.1 77.0
11 Jones Day National Atlanta; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Pittsburgh; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, DC 307 83 27% 3.7 4.0 76.5
14 Latham & Watkins National Chicago; Costa Mesa, CA; Frankfurt; Hamburg; London; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Newark; Paris; Reston, VA; San Diego; San Francisco; Singapore; Washington, DC; 443 133 30% 4.1 3.9 76.4
14 White & Case International Los Angeles; Miami; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 161 87 54% 3.7 4.0 76.3
14 Winston & Strawn Chicago Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 124 31 25% 3.4 4.1 76.2
14 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC; Wilmington 316 79 25% 4.4 3.7 75.9
14 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, DC Baltimore; Boston; New York; Washington, DC 240 60 25% 3.8 3.9 75.7
19 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Antonio; Washington, DC 123 64 52% 3.3 4.1 75.4
19 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago Chicago; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 280 115 41% 4.0 3.8 75.3
19 Covington & Burling Washington, DC New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 111 40 36% 4.0 3.8 75.2
19 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; St. Louis; Washington, DC 97 28 29% 3.0 4.1 75.0
19 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York London; New York 106 35 33% 4.7 3.5 74.7
19 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York Austin, TX; Boston; Dallas; Houston; Miami; New York; Redwood Shores, CA; Washington, DC 197 71 36% 4.0 3.8 74.7
19 Baker & McKenzie International Calgary, Alberta; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Toronto, Ontario; Washington, DC 92 36 39% 3.2 4.0 74.6
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