San Francisco

San FranciscoTourism is the backbone of the San Francisco economy. Its frequent portrayal in music, film, and popular culture has made the city and its landmarks recognizable worldwide. It is the city where Tony Bennett left his heart, where the Birdman of Alcatraz spent many of his final years, and where Rice-a-Roni was said to be the favorite treat. San Francisco attracts the fifth highest number of foreign tourists of any city in the United States and claims Pier 39 near Fisherman's Wharf to be the third-most popular tourist attraction in the nation. More than 15 million visitors came to San Francisco in 2005, injecting nearly $7.5 billion into the economy. With a large hotel and restaurant infrastructure and a world-class facility in the Moscone Center, San Francisco also is a top-ten North American destination for conventions and conferences.

Many large financial institutions, multinational banks and venture capital firms are based in or have set up regional headquarters in the city. With over thirty international financial institutions, six Fortune 500 companies and a large support infrastructure of professional services, including law, public relations, architecture, and graphic design also populating the downtown, San Francisco is one of ten Beta World Cities.

San Francisco's economy has increasingly become tied to that of Silicon Valley to the south, sharing a need for highly educated workers with specialized skills. It has been positioning itself as a biotechnology and biomedical hub and research center. The Mission Bay neighborhood, site of a second campus of UCSF, fosters a budding industry and serves as headquarters of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the public agency funding stem cell research programs statewide.

Small businesses with fewer than ten employees and self-employed firms make up 85 percent of city establishments. The number of San Franciscans employed by firms of greater than 1000 employees has fallen by half since 1977. The penetration of national big box retail chains into the city has been slow. In an effort to buoy small privately owned businesses in San Francisco, the Small Business Commission supports a publicity campaign to keep a larger share of retail dollars in the local economy, while the Board of Supervisors has used the planning code to limit the neighborhoods in which "formula retail" establishments can set up shop, an effort affirmed by San Francisco voters.

Law firms headquartered in San Francisco include Morrison & Foerster, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Heller Ehrman.

Methodology

This ranking is based on how much over 6,000 associates like their own firms. This ranking does not include prestige, salary or other factors except as they influence how much an associate enjoys working at his or her firm, and how likely said associate is to stay at his or her current firm. Associates from all law firms did not participate. Only firms with 10 or more respondents are included.

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The Best San Francisco Firms to Work For

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Shook, Hardy & Bacon Kansas City, Missouri 91 11% 86.0
2 Baker & McKenzie International 80 30% 84.6
3 Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis Philadelphia 21 86% 83.6
4 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis 107 27% 82.8
4 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco 102 49% 82.8
6 Cooley Godward Palo Alto 98 60% 81.8
7 Stoel Rives Portland, Oregon 45 44% 81.0
7 Seyfarth Shaw National 88 52% 80.8
9 Munger, Tolles & Olson Los Angeles 51 57% 80.0
9 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Los Angeles 74 39% 80.0
9 Howrey Washington, D.C. 102 61% 79.6
12 Drinker Biddle & Reath Philadelphia 74 46% 78.8
12 Nixon Peabody National 78 23% 78.8
14 Chapman and Cutler Chicago 17 94% 77.6
15 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 167 60% 77.2
16 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National 122 49% 76.2
17 Jones Day National 324 17% 75.0
17 Reed Smith Pittsburgh 156 52% 74.6
17 Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold San Francisco 50 30% 74.6
20 Dechert National 182 34% 73.8
21 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman National 137 51% 73.4
21 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker National 163 96% 73.0
21 McKenna Long & Aldridge National 46 72% 72.6
24 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 232 53% 72.2
24 Latham & Watkins National 463 32% 72.2
24 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago 78 23% 71.8
24 Sidley Austin National 283 47% 71.6
24 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto 142 36% 71.6
29 Fenwick & West Mountain View, CA 59 22% 70.8
30 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 268 47% 70.4
30 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 142 62% 70.2
30 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National 120 49% 70.0
30 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 219 47% 69.8
30 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 163 41% 69.6
35 Holland & Knight National 118 90% 68.0
35 Perkins Coie Seattle 91 22% 68.0
37 Winston & Strawn Chicago 141 27% 67.4
37 O'Melveny & Myers Los Angeles 244 39% 67.0
37 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 300 47% 66.6
40 Bingham McCutchen National 176 42% 66.2
40 Ropes & Gray Boston 194 31% 65.8
42 Heller Ehrman San Francisco 113 53% 65.4
43 Covington & Burling Washington, D.C. 125 40% 58.4
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