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)
26 Allen & Overy International Hong Kong; London; New York; Tokyo 38 19 50% 3.0 4.1 74.3
26 Sullivan & Cromwell New York Frankfurt; Hong Kong; London; Los Angeles; Melbourne; New York; Palo Alto; Paris; Sydney 161 71 44% 4.5 3.6 74.2
26 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York Moscow; New York; Paris; Rome; Washington, DC 188 47 25% 4.1 3.7 74.1
26 Sidley Austin Brown & Wood National Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 255 97 38% 3.8 3.8 74.1
26 Baker Botts Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; London; New York; Washington, DC 130 39 30% 3.3 4.0 74.0
26 McDermott, Will & Emery National Boston; Chicago; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Washington, DC 149 91 61% 3.2 4.0 73.9
26 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Washington, DC Atlanta; New York; Washington, DC 58 32 55% 2.4 4.3 73.9
26 Nixon Peabody National Boston; Garden City, NY; Manchester, NH; New York; Rochester, NY; San Francisco; Washington, DC 77 20 26% 2.6 4.2 73.5
34 Baker & Hostetler Cleveland Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Denver; Houston; New York; Orlando; Washington, DC 104 52 50% 2.5 4.2 73.3
34 Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe San Francisco Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Menlo Park, CA; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 122 62 51% 3.0 4.0 73.3
34 Clifford Chance International New York; Washington, DC 61 37 61% 3.5 3.8 73.2
34 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York London; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto 225 54 24% 4.2 3.6 72.9
34 Perkins Coie Seattle Chicago; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; Phoenix; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle 100 18 18% 2.8 4.0 72.6
34 Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman Chicago Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 105 69 66% 2.6 4.1 72.5
40 Dewey Ballantine New York East Palo Alto; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 89 34 38% 3.4 3.8 72.4
40 Greenberg Traurig National Albany; Atlanta; Chicago; Denver; Florham Park, NJ; Fort Lauderdale; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; West Palm Beach, FL; Wilmington 154 37 24% 2.9 4.0 72.4
40 Bryan Cave National Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Phoenix; Santa Monica; St. Louis; Washington, DC 119 38 32% 2.7 4.1 72.3
40 Hunton & Williams Richmond Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Dallas; Knoxville; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Norfolk, VA; Raleigh; Richmond; Washington, DC 135 50 37% 2.9 4.0 72.3
40 Kaye Scholer New York Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 79 31 39% 3.0 4.0 72.2
40 Willkie Farr & Gallagher New York New York; Washington, DC 94 31 33% 3.3 3.8 72.2
40 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis Anchorage; Denver; Minneapolis; New York; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 120 18 15% 2.6 4.1 72.0
40 Vinson & Elkins Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; New York; Washington, DC 133 65 49% 3.1 3.9 71.9
40 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National Boston; Chicago; Hartford; Houston; Jacksonville; Los Angeles; New York; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, DC 83 39 47% 3.1 3.9 71.8
40 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker National Atlanta; Costa Mesa, CA; Los Angeles; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Stamford, CT; Washington, DC 154 139 90% 3.4 3.8 71.8
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