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This is a ranking of the shortest hours worked by midlevel associates. Associates at the #1 firm, Chapman and Cutler, averaged 49 hours worked (39.1 billed) per week. Associates at #161, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, worked on average 71.1 (and billed 62.5) hours per week.

There are 168 total hours in a week. Sleeping 8 hours a night, leaves you with 112 waking hours. Working 71.1 hours amounts to 63.5% of waking hours. (49 hours would be 43.8%.)

Pay includes both the salary and bonus. The following figures are based on Midlevel associates (3rd, 4th & 5th year). 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.

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Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Total Midlevels Respondents Response Rate Hours Worked Hours Billed Salary + Bonus Hourly Rate
1 Chapman and Cutler Chicago Chicago; Salt Lake City; San Francisco 27 25 93% 49 39.1 $153,716 $62.74
2 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas Austin, TX; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Pasadena 35 12 34% 49.8 41.3 $153,088 $61.48
3 Bracewell & Giuliani Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio; Washington, DC 48 13 27% 50.8 40.2 $143,231 $56.39
4 Harris Beach Rochester, NY Buffalo; Ithaca, NY; New York; Rochester, NY 22 12 55% 51.3 41.4 $81,317 $31.70
5 Carter Ledyard & Milburn New York New York 23 13 57% 51.9 40.8 $145,638 $56.12
5 Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis Denver; Minneapolis 15 10 67% 51.9 41.3 $99,685 $38.41
5 Lord, Bissell & Brook Chicago Atlanta; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York 31 16 52% 51.9 42.2 $161,849 $62.37
8 Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Columbus Cleveland; Columbus; Dayton 31 19 61% 52 39.5 $106,976 $41.14
8 Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ; Philadelphia 21 19 90% 52.1 41.8 $121,176 $46.52
8 Arnall Golden Gregory Atlanta Atlanta 17 15 88% 52.2 41.8 $119,281 $45.70
8 Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold San Francisco Chicago; Dallas; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; New York; Newark; San Francisco 45 18 40% 52.2 43.2 $138,978 $53.25
12 Holland & Hart Denver Billings, MT; Boise; Boulder; Cheyenne, WY; Denver; Salt Lake City; Santa Fe 41 18 44% 52.4 39.5 $103,083 $39.34
12 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham National Boston; Dallas; Harrisburg, PA; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, DC 151 104 69% 52.4 41 $146,675 $55.98
14 Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle Bellevue, WA; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 46 12 26% 52.5 40.1 $127,791 $48.68
14 Holme Roberts & Owen Denver Colorado Springs; Denver; Salt Lake City 22 10 45% 52.5 40.8 $112,550 $42.88
14 Strasburger & Price Dallas Austin, TX; Dallas; Frisco, TX; Houston 20 10 50% 52.5 41.2 $130,500 $49.71
14 Powell Goldstein Atlanta Atlanta; Washington, DC 36 15 42% 52.6 40.9 $121,097 $46.04
14 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Washington, DC Atlanta; New York; Washington, DC 58 32 55% 52.6 41.1 $144,866 $55.08
19 McKenna Long & Aldridge National Atlanta; Denver; Los Angeles; Washington, DC 40 28 70% 52.8 41.2 $136,640 $51.76
20 Dykema Gossett Detroit Ann Arbor, MI; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Chicago; Detroit; Lansing, MI 26 16 62% 52.9 40.4 $107,881 $40.79
20 Shook, Hardy & Bacon Kansas City, MO Geneva; Kansas City, MO; Miami; Washington, DC 78 14 18% 53 43.6 $115,997 $43.77
22 Patton Boggs Washington, DC Dallas; Washington, DC 59 13 22% 53.1 43.3 $163,136 $61.44
22 Stoel Rives Portland, OR Boise; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle 46 18 39% 53.1 39.6 $128,112 $48.25
22 Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler New York New York 47 29 62% 53.3 42.8 $200,083 $75.08
25 Faegre & Benson Minneapolis Boulder; Denver; Minneapolis 62 24 39% 53.5 40.1 $123,683 $46.24
26 Adams and Reese New Orleans Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham; Houston; Jackson, MS; New Orleans 33 12 36% 53.6 44.8 $95,835 $35.76
26 Thompson Hine Cleveland Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Dayton 64 18 28% 53.6 42.2 $115,041 $42.93
26 Arnold & Porter Washington, DC Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Washington, DC 126 29 23% 53.7 45.1 $163,072 $60.73
26 Goulston & Storrs Boston Boston 16 11 69% 53.7 43.5 $158,350 $58.98
26 Loeb & Loeb Los Angeles Los Angeles; New York 22 14 64% 53.7 43.4 $159,615 $59.45
26 Ross, Dixon & Bell Washington, DC Chicago; Irvine, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 21 16 76% 53.7 42.6 $136,343 $50.78
26 Snell & Wilmer Phoenix Denver; Irvine, CA; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Salt Lake City; Tucson 71 39 55% 53.7 42.6 $131,441 $48.95
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