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)
50 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman San Francisco Century City, CA; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Palo Alto; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, DC 140 56 40% 3.2 3.8 71.4
50 Shearman & Sterling New York Beijing; Hong Kong; London; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Paris; San Francisco; Toronto, Ontario; Washington, DC 185 61 33% 3.9 3.6 71.1
50 Venable Washington, DC Baltimore; Vienna, VA 59 32 54% 2.4 4.1 71.1
50 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; San Antonio; Washington, DC 127 98 77% 3.4 3.7 71.0
50 Troutman Sanders Atlanta Atlanta; New York; Richmond; Washington, DC 93 25 27% 2.4 4.1 70.9
50 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York New York 124 47 38% 3.8 3.6 70.8
50 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; New York; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Raleigh; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, DC 220 44 20% 2.9 3.9 70.7
50 Howrey Washington, DC Chicago; Houston; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; San Francisco; Washington, DC 79 30 38% 2.9 3.9 70.6
50 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York Jersey City; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Paris; Washington, DC 51 29 57% 2.5 4.0 70.5
59 Patton Boggs Washington, DC Dallas; Washington, DC 59 13 22% 2.8 3.9 70.3
59 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw National Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 161 90 56% 3.5 3.6 70.2
59 Reed Smith Pittsburgh Century City, CA; Falls Church, VA; London; Los Angeles; Midlands, England; Munich; New York; Newark; Oakland; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; Richmond; San Francisco; Washington, DC 137 67 49% 2.6 4.0 70.2
59 Thelen Reid & Priest San Francisco Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; San Jose; Washington, DC 44 20 45% 2.6 4.0 70.2
59 King & Spalding Atlanta Atlanta; Houston; New York; Washington, DC 147 75 51% 3.4 3.7 70.1
59 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson New York New York; Washington, DC 112 38 34% 3.5 3.6 69.8
59 Goodwin Procter Boston Boston; New York; Washington, DC 123 37 30% 3.1 3.8 69.8
59 Schulte Roth & Zabel New York New York 69 22 32% 2.6 3.9 69.5
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