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)
67 O'Melveny & Myers Los Angeles Beijing; Century City, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Newport Beach, CA; San Francisco; Shanghai; Washington, DC 206 109 53% 3.8 3.5 69.3
67 Dechert National Boston; Hartford; New York; Newport Beach, CA; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 144 85 59% 3.1 3.7 69.2
67 Arnold & Porter Washington, DC Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Washington, DC 126 29 23% 3.8 3.5 69.1
67 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto Austin, TX; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle 138 29 21% 3.4 3.6 69.1
67 Steptoe & Johnson Washington, DC Phoenix; Washington, DC 56 30 54% 2.9 3.8 69.0
67 Bingham McCutchen National Boston; Costa Mesa, CA; Hartford; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Walnut Creek, CA; Washington, DC 167 72 43% 2.9 3.7 68.8
67 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 91 32 35% 3.5 3.5 68.7
67 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 235 122 52% 3.3 3.6 68.7
76 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham National Boston; Dallas; Harrisburg, PA; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, DC 151 104 69% 2.7 3.8 68.4
76 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee Boston; Chicago; Detroit; Jacksonville; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Milwaukee; Orlando; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Tallahassee; Tampa; Washington, DC 125 65 52% 2.9 3.7 68.3
76 Alston & Bird Atlanta Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; New York; Raleigh; Washington, DC 122 66 54% 3.0 3.6 68.0
76 Kelley Drye & Warren New York New York; Parsippany, NJ; Stamford, CT; Washington, DC 46 22 48% 2.5 3.9 68.0
80 Arent Fox Washington, DC New York; Washington, DC 30 14 47% 2.5 3.8 67.3
81 Preston Gates & Ellis Seattle Irvine, CA; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Taipei; Washington, DC 47 19 40% 2.4 3.6 65.1
81 Chadbourne & Parke New York New York; Washington, DC 48 14 29% 2.8 3.5 65.0
81 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York New York 53 17 32% 3.1 3.4 64.9
84 Fenwick & West Mountain View, CA Mountain View, CA; San Francisco 50 12 24% 2.6 3.6 64.2
84 Proskauer Rose New York Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Newark 111 42 38% 3.3 3.3 63.8
86 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York Charlotte, NC; London; New York; Washington, DC 89 33 37% 3.4 3.2 63.0
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