Schiltz 100

This ranking was originally conceptualized by the Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz, U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota. Judge Schiltz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as an editor for the Law Review. He was a U.S. Supreme Court clerk prior to joining Faegre & Benson, where he became partner. Judge Schiltz left private practice in 1995 to become a faculty member of the Notre Dame Law School. He then helped found the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He was nominated as a District Court Judge in December 2005.

The Schiltz 100 ranking is designed to indicate the best Big Law firms to work for as an associate. It is based on an inverse correlation between profits per partner and firm prestige. The theory is that firms with higher profits per partner leverage their associates more, meaning less quality of life for associates. Lower profits per partner mean associates are being leveraged less and hopefully have a better quality of life. Firms with higher prestige have more resources, supposedly, and better reputations, which is good for associates. The ideal firm on the Schiltz 100 would have the lowest profits per partner (180) and the highest prestige (180). Jones Day gets the top spot this year with a score of 167.

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Rank Law Firm Main Office Prestige Profits per Partner (Inverse) Score (120-180)
1 Jones Day National 154 173 167
2 Arnold & Porter Washington, D.C. 156 171 166
2 Covington & Burling Washington, D.C. 160 169 166
2 Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C. 157 171 166
2 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, D.C. 158 170 166
6 Hogan & Hartson National 150 170 163
6 Holland & Knight National 135 177 163
6 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw National 150 169 163
9 Baker & McKenzie International 142 173 162
9 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston 139 173 162
9 Jenner & Block Chicago 140 173 162
9 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 152 168 162
9 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman National 141 173 162
9 Sidley Austin National 157 164 162
15 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National 146 169 161
15 Baker Botts Houston 143 170 161
15 Ropes & Gray Boston 150 167 161
15 White & Case International 155 164 161
15 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto 145 169 161
20 Alston & Bird Atlanta 136 172 160
20 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis 125 177 160
20 Hunton & Williams Richmond 131 174 160
20 King & Spalding Atlanta 145 168 160
20 Latham & Watkins National 164 158 160
20 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 143 168 160
20 Nixon Peabody National 127 176 160
20 Patton Boggs Washington, D.C. 130 175 160
20 Perkins Coie Seattle 129 175 160
20 Shearman & Sterling New York 158 162 160
20 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago 136 172 160
31 Baker & Hostetler Cleveland 123 177 159
31 Bryan Cave National 127 175 159
31 Cooley Godward Palo Alto 137 170 159
31 DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary National 140 168 159
31 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson New York 148 164 159
31 Heller Ehrman San Francisco 136 170 159
31 Preston Gates & Ellis Seattle 120 179 159
31 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 172 153 159
31 Winston & Strawn Chicago 145 166 159
40 Dewey Ballantine New York 146 165 158
40 Fish & Richardson National 135 170 158
40 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 133 171 158
40 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 128 173 158
40 McGuireWoods Richmond, VA 123 175 158
40 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. Cleveland, OH 123 175 158
40 Steptoe & Johnson Washington, D.C. 132 171 158
47 Arent Fox Washington, D.C. 123 175 157
47 Crowell & Moring Washington, D.C. 126 172 157
47 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York 170 151 157
47 Debevoise & Plimpton New York 159 157 157
47 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 156 157 157
47 Kilpatrick Stockton Atlanta 122 175 157
47 Munger, Tolles & Olson Los Angeles 139 167 157
47 O'Melveny & Myers Los Angeles 155 158 157
47 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco 143 164 157
47 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker National 147 163 157
47 Proskauer Rose New York 143 165 157
47 Reed Smith Pittsburgh 126 172 157
47 Seyfarth Shaw National 120 175 157
47 Venable Washington, D.C. 121 175 157
47 Vinson & Elkins Houston 136 167 157
47 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 163 154 157
63 Chadbourne & Parke New York 129 169 156
63 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York 164 152 156
63 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. National 134 167 156
63 McDermott, Will & Emery National 141 164 156
67 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, D.C. 123 171 155
67 Goodwin Procter Boston 138 164 155
67 Howrey Washington, D.C. 126 169 155
67 Katten Muchin Rosenman Chicago 124 170 155
67 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky Boston, MA 122 171 155
67 Thelen Reid & Priest New York, NY 122 171 155
73 Bingham McCutchen National 134 165 154
73 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York 179 141 154
73 Fenwick & West Mountain View, CA 121 170 154
73 Kaye Scholer New York 134 164 154
73 Kelley Drye & Warren New York 121 170 154
73 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National 138 163 154
73 Sullivan & Cromwell New York 174 144 154
80 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York 124 167 153
80 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 161 149 153
80 Stroock & Stroock & Lavan New York 127 166 153
83 Dechert National 139 159 152
83 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, D.C. 121 167 152
83 Irell & Manella Los Angeles 137 160 152
83 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 167 145 152
87 Thacher Proffitt & Wood New York 126 163 151
87 Willkie Farr & Gallagher New York 144 155 151
89 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York 148 151 150
90 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel New York 121 162 148
90 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York 159 143 148
92 Schulte Roth & Zabel New York 127 153 144
93 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York 146 142 143
93 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York 137 146 143
95 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York 180 120 140
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