Law Firm Rankings

This ranking is based on the subjective view of associates within a firm of their own firm. The ranking is from most prestigious to least prestigious.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and Harter, Secrest & Emery tied for the top honor of the Most Prestigious Law Firm. The top 10% of firms scored at 86.7 or better out of 100. The bottom 10% scored 70.1 and below.

The calculations are based on survey responses of 5,600 Midlevel associates (3rd, 4th & 5th year). Only firms with 10 or more survey responses are shown. The data comes from The American Lawyer's 2005 Midlevel Associates Survey. Please visit that site (free registration required) to see complete survey results for each law firm. Response rates as low as 9% are considered statistically significant. Many journalistic polls survey a far smaller percentage of the group to be measured.

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Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Total Midlevels Respondents Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC Atlanta; Cambridge, MA; Reston, VA; Washington, DC 51 18 35% 93.6
1 Harter, Secrest & Emery Rochester, NY Albany; Buffalo; Rochester, NY 14 13 93% 93.6
3 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York New York 35 14 40% 90.2
3 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles Dallas; Denver; Irvine, CA; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Washington, DC 198 105 53% 89.9
3 Fish & Richardson National Boston; Dallas; Minneapolis; New York; Redwood City, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 65 15 23% 89.7
3 Lewis and Roca Phoenix Albuquerque; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Tucson 25 23 92% 89.5
7 Jenner & Block Chicago Chicago 81 13 16% 89.4
7 Young Conaway Wilmington Wilmington 14 11 79% 89.3
9 Debevoise & Plimpton New York New York 133 20 15% 88.2
9 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC; Wilmington 316 79 25% 88.2
9 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York Frankfurt; Hong Kong; New York; Paris 144 13 9% 87.9
9 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% 87.6
13 Covington & Burling Washington, DC New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 111 40 36% 87.3
13 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, DC Baltimore; Boston; New York; Washington, DC 240 60 25% 87.1
13 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago Chicago; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 280 115 41% 87.0
13 Snell & Wilmer Phoenix Denver; Irvine, CA; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Salt Lake City; Tucson 71 39 55% 87.0
13 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York London; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto 225 54 24% 86.9
13 Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle Bellevue, WA; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 46 12 26% 86.7
13 Sullivan & Cromwell New York Frankfurt; Hong Kong; London; Los Angeles; Melbourne; New York; Palo Alto; Paris; Sydney 161 71 44% 86.7
20 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% 86.4
20 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York Moscow; New York; Paris; Rome; Washington, DC 188 47 25% 86.2
20 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York New York 124 47 38% 86.1
20 Shook, Hardy & Bacon Kansas City, MO Geneva; Kansas City, MO; Miami; Washington, DC 78 14 18% 86.1
20 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York Austin, TX; Boston; Dallas; Houston; Miami; New York; Redwood Shores, CA; Washington, DC 197 71 36% 85.5
25 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York London; New York 106 35 33% 85.3
25 Miles & Stockbridge Baltimore Baltimore; Easton, MD; Rockville, MD 28 16 57% 85.1
25 Ropes & Gray Boston Boston; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 176 58 33% 85.1
25 Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis Denver; Minneapolis 15 10 67% 85.0
25 Harris Beach Rochester, NY Buffalo; Ithaca, NY; New York; Rochester, NY 22 12 55% 84.8
25 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% 84.7
25 Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps San Diego San Diego 27 14 52% 84.6
32 Sidley Austin Brown & Wood National Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 255 97 38% 84.2
32 Vinson & Elkins Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; New York; Washington, DC 133 65 49% 84.1
32 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Minneapolis Atlanta; Boston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Washington, DC 32 19 59% 83.9
32 Carlton Fields Tampa Atlanta; Miami; Orlando; St. Petersburg; Tampa; West Palm Beach, FL 27 17 63% 83.7
32 Dykema Gossett Detroit Ann Arbor, MI; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Chicago; Detroit; Lansing, MI 26 16 62% 83.5
37 Baker Botts Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; London; New York; Washington, DC 130 39 30% 83.1
37 Holland & Hart Denver Billings, MT; Boise; Boulder; Cheyenne, WY; Denver; Salt Lake City; Santa Fe 41 18 44% 83.1
37 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% 82.9
37 Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler New York New York 47 29 62% 82.8
37 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Antonio; Washington, DC 123 64 52% 82.7
37 McKenna Long & Aldridge National Atlanta; Denver; Los Angeles; Washington, DC 40 28 70% 82.7
37 Saul Ewing Philadelphia Baltimore; Chesterbrook, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Philadelphia; Princeton; Wilmington 28 23 82% 82.6
37 Winston & Strawn Chicago Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 124 31 25% 82.6
37 Hogan & Hartson Washington, DC Baltimore; Brussels; Colorado Springs; Denver; London; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Washington, DC 188 49 26% 82.5
46 White & Case International Los Angeles; Miami; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 161 87 54% 82.3
46 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, DC Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 45 28 62% 82.1
46 Kilpatrick Stockton Atlanta Atlanta 40 24 60% 82.1
46 Bryan Cave National Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Phoenix; Santa Monica; St. Louis; Washington, DC 119 38 32% 81.6
46 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% 81.6
46 Andrews Kurth Houston Dallas; Houston 55 11 20% 81.5
46 Perkins Coie Seattle Chicago; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; Phoenix; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle 100 18 18% 81.5
53 Hunton & Williams Richmond Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Dallas; Knoxville; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Norfolk, VA; Raleigh; Richmond; Washington, DC 135 50 37% 81.3
53 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw National Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 161 90 56% 81.2
53 Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia Berwyn, PA; Detroit; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; Wilmington 72 44 61% 80.8
53 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Los Angeles Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto 42 27 64% 80.6
57 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% 80.4
57 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Washington, DC Atlanta; New York; Washington, DC 58 32 55% 80.4
57 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% 80.3
57 Faegre & Benson Minneapolis Boulder; Denver; Minneapolis 62 24 39% 80.2
57 Alston & Bird Atlanta Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; New York; Raleigh; Washington, DC 122 66 54% 80.0
57 Buchanan Ingersoll Pittsburgh Buffalo; Harrisburg, PA; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; Washington, DC; Wilmington 33 17 52% 80.0
63 Nutter McClennen & Fish Boston Boston 16 12 75% 79.3
63 Quarles & Brady Milwaukee Milwaukee; Naples, FL; Phoenix; Tucson 62 26 42% 79.3
63 Strasburger & Price Dallas Austin, TX; Dallas; Frisco, TX; Houston 20 10 50% 79.3
63 Kenyon & Kenyon New York New York; Washington, DC 46 24 52% 79.1
63 Loeb & Loeb Los Angeles Los Angeles; New York 22 14 64% 79.0
63 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; St. Louis; Washington, DC 97 28 29% 78.9
63 Baker & Hostetler Cleveland Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Denver; Houston; New York; Orlando; Washington, DC 104 52 50% 78.7
63 Goodwin Procter Boston Boston; New York; Washington, DC 123 37 30% 78.7
63 Goulston & Storrs Boston Boston 16 11 69% 78.6
63 Patton Boggs Washington, DC Dallas; Washington, DC 59 13 22% 78.5
63 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto Austin, TX; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle 138 29 21% 78.5
75 Allen & Overy International Hong Kong; London; New York; Tokyo 38 19 50% 78.4
75 Chapman and Cutler Chicago Chicago; Salt Lake City; San Francisco 27 25 93% 78.4
75 Arnold & Porter Washington, DC Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Washington, DC 126 29 23% 78.3
75 Cooley Godward Palo Alto Broomfield, CO; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; San Diego; San Francisco 83 40 48% 78.3
75 Howrey Washington, DC Chicago; Houston; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; San Francisco; Washington, DC 79 30 38% 78.2
75 Troutman Sanders Atlanta Atlanta; New York; Richmond; Washington, DC 93 25 27% 78.1
75 Wiley Rein & Fielding Washington, DC McLean, VA; Washington, DC 30 16 53% 78.1
75 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker National Atlanta; Costa Mesa, CA; Los Angeles; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Stamford, CT; Washington, DC 154 139 90% 77.7
75 Baker & McKenzie International Calgary, Alberta; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Toronto, Ontario; Washington, DC 92 36 39% 77.5
75 Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Philadelphia Philadelphia 45 15 33% 77.5
75 Day, Berry & Howard Hartford Boston; Greenwich, CT; Hartford; Stamford, CT 30 16 53% 77.5
75 Preston Gates & Ellis Seattle Irvine, CA; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Taipei; Washington, DC 47 19 40% 77.5
75 Stoel Rives Portland, OR Boise; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle 46 18 39% 77.5
88 Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ; Philadelphia 21 19 90% 77.3
88 Steptoe & Johnson Washington, DC Phoenix; Washington, DC 56 30 54% 77.3
88 Clifford Chance International New York; Washington, DC 61 37 61% 77.2
88 Thompson Hine Cleveland Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Dayton 64 18 28% 77.2
88 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% 77.1
88 Venable Washington, DC Baltimore; Vienna, VA 59 32 54% 77.1
88 Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ; New York; Norristown, PA; Philadelphia; Roseland, NJ 33 32 97% 77.1
88 Schiff Hardin Chicago Chicago 28 11 39% 77.0
88 Shearman & Sterling New York Beijing; Hong Kong; London; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Paris; San Francisco; Toronto, Ontario; Washington, DC 185 61 33% 77.0
88 Holme Roberts & Owen Denver Colorado Springs; Denver; Salt Lake City 22 10 45% 76.9
88 McDermott, Will & Emery National Boston; Chicago; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Washington, DC 149 91 61% 76.9
88 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 91 32 35% 76.9
88 Bingham McCutchen National Boston; Costa Mesa, CA; Hartford; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Walnut Creek, CA; Washington, DC 167 72 43% 76.6
88 Dewey Ballantine New York East Palo Alto; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 89 34 38% 76.6
88 Kaye Scholer New York Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 79 31 39% 76.6
88 Bracewell & Giuliani Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio; Washington, DC 48 13 27% 76.5
88 King & Spalding Atlanta Atlanta; Houston; New York; Washington, DC 147 75 51% 76.5
105 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National Boston; Chicago; Hartford; Houston; Jacksonville; Los Angeles; New York; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, DC 83 39 47% 76.4
105 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Los Angeles Century City, CA; Costa Mesa, CA; Del Mar Heights, CA; Los Angeles; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, DC 77 30 39% 76.4
105 Lowenstein Sandler Roseland, NJ Roseland, NJ 31 23 74% 76.1
105 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 235 122 52% 76.1
105 Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Columbus Cleveland; Columbus; Dayton 31 19 61% 76.1
105 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; San Antonio; Washington, DC 127 98 77% 76.0
105 Willkie Farr & Gallagher New York New York; Washington, DC 94 31 33% 75.9
105 Cozen O'Connor Philadelphia Philadelphia 23 15 65% 75.8
105 Foley Hoag Boston Boston 36 19 53% 75.8
105 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% 75.8
105 Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon Chicago Chicago 27 20 74% 75.8
105 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson New York New York; Washington, DC 112 38 34% 75.6
117 Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto New York Costa Mesa, CA; New York 33 19 58% 75.4
117 Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman Chicago Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 105 69 66% 75.4
117 Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold San Francisco Chicago; Dallas; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; New York; Newark; San Francisco 45 18 40% 75.4
117 Seyfarth Shaw National Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Sacramento; San Francisco; Washington, DC 111 30 27% 75.4
117 Dechert National Boston; Hartford; New York; Newport Beach, CA; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 144 85 59% 75.2
117 Haynes and Boone Dallas Austin, TX; Dallas; Fort Worth; Houston; Richardson, TX; San Antonio; Washington, DC 59 33 56% 75.1
117 Nixon Peabody National Boston; Garden City, NY; Manchester, NH; New York; Rochester, NY; San Francisco; Washington, DC 77 20 26% 74.6
117 Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz Chicago Chicago; New York 28 15 54% 74.5
125 Arnall Golden Gregory Atlanta Atlanta 17 15 88% 74.1
125 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Columbus Alexandria, VA; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus 36 19 53% 74.1
125 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas Austin, TX; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Pasadena 35 12 34% 74.0
125 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York Jersey City; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Paris; Washington, DC 51 29 57% 73.9
125 Edwards & Angell Providence Boston; Fort Lauderdale; Hartford; New York; Providence; Short Hills, NJ; Stamford, CT; West Palm Beach, FL; Wilmington 38 19 50% 73.7
125 Schulte Roth & Zabel New York New York 69 22 32% 73.7
131 Thelen Reid & Priest San Francisco Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; San Jose; Washington, DC 44 20 45% 73.3
131 McKee Nelson Washington, DC New York; Washington, DC 25 11 44% 72.9
133 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% 72.4
133 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis Anchorage; Denver; Minneapolis; New York; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 120 18 15% 72.3
133 Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Winston-Salem Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Raleigh; Washington, DC; Winston-Salem 49 24 49% 72.2
133 Chadbourne & Parke New York New York; Washington, DC 48 14 29% 72.0
133 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% 72.0
133 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York New York 53 17 32% 71.8
133 Barnes & Thornburg Indianapolis Chicago; Elkhart, IN; Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis; South Bend, IN 48 14 29% 71.7
133 Drinker Biddle & Reath Philadelphia Berwyn, PA; Florham Park, NJ; New York; Philadelphia; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 76 39 51% 71.6
133 Thacher Proffitt & Wood New York New York 47 29 62% 71.5
142 Blank Rome Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ; New York; Philadelphia; Washington, DC 55 18 33% 71.3
142 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York Charlotte, NC; London; New York; Washington, DC 89 33 37% 70.9
142 Duane Morris Philadelphia Atlanta; Boston; Miami; New York; Newark; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; San Diego; Washington, DC; Westchester, NY; Wilmington 57 38 67% 70.6
145 Carter Ledyard & Milburn New York New York 23 13 57% 70.1
145 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham National Boston; Dallas; Harrisburg, PA; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, DC 151 104 69% 69.9
145 Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman New York New York 170 17 10% 69.8
148 Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Chicago Chicago 30 17 57% 69.0
148 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel New York New York 55 12 22% 68.8
148 Dow, Lohnes & Albertson Washington, DC Atlanta; Washington, DC 28 12 43% 68.6
148 Kelley Drye & Warren New York New York; Parsippany, NJ; Stamford, CT; Washington, DC 46 22 48% 68.6
148 Proskauer Rose New York Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Newark 111 42 38% 68.5
153 Adams and Reese New Orleans Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham; Houston; Jackson, MS; New Orleans 33 12 36% 68.0
153 Arent Fox Washington, DC New York; Washington, DC 30 14 47% 67.8
155 Powell Goldstein Atlanta Atlanta; Washington, DC 36 15 42% 67.0
155 Gardner Carton & Douglas Chicago Chicago; Milwaukee; Washington, DC 37 10 27% 66.6
157 Lord, Bissell & Brook Chicago Atlanta; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York 31 16 52% 66.2
157 Fenwick & West Mountain View, CA Mountain View, CA; San Francisco 50 12 24% 66.1
159 Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner New York New York 31 23 74% 62.0
159 Ross, Dixon & Bell Washington, DC Chicago; Irvine, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 21 16 76% 61.6
161 Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle New York New York; Stamford, CT 17 14 82% 59.8
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