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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
33 Lewis and Roca Phoenix Albuquerque; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Tucson 25 23 92% 53.9 39.8 $110,686 $41.07
33 Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps San Diego San Diego 27 14 52% 53.9 43.3 $170,036 $63.09
33 Steptoe & Johnson Washington, DC Phoenix; Washington, DC 56 30 54% 53.9 43.9 $150,961 $56.02
33 Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon Chicago Chicago 27 20 74% 53.9 41.8 $148,971 $55.28
33 Wiley Rein & Fielding Washington, DC McLean, VA; Washington, DC 30 16 53% 53.9 44.3 $166,019 $61.60
38 Baker & Hostetler Cleveland Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Denver; Houston; New York; Orlando; Washington, DC 104 52 50% 54 42.1 $134,289 $49.74
38 Miles & Stockbridge Baltimore Baltimore; Easton, MD; Rockville, MD 28 16 57% 54 42.3 $128,836 $47.72
38 Cozen O'Connor Philadelphia Philadelphia 23 15 65% 54.1 42.6 $119,212 $44.07
38 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC Atlanta; Cambridge, MA; Reston, VA; Washington, DC 51 18 35% 54.2 44.6 $186,843 $68.95
38 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 91 32 35% 54.2 42.8 $202,928 $74.88
38 Nutter McClennen & Fish Boston Boston 16 12 75% 54.2 41.9 $165,947 $61.24
44 Preston Gates & Ellis Seattle Irvine, CA; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Taipei; Washington, DC 47 19 40% 54.3 41.2 $122,101 $44.97
44 Kilpatrick Stockton Atlanta Atlanta 40 24 60% 54.4 42.8 $119,223 $43.83
44 Seyfarth Shaw National Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Sacramento; San Francisco; Washington, DC 111 30 27% 54.4 43.8 $140,501 $51.65
47 Gardner Carton & Douglas Chicago Chicago; Milwaukee; Washington, DC 37 10 27% 54.5 41.7 $163,693 $60.07
47 Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman New York New York 170 17 10% 54.5 43.3 $176,465 $64.76
47 Baker Botts Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; London; New York; Washington, DC 130 39 30% 54.6 44.9 $147,485 $54.02
47 Kaye Scholer New York Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 79 31 39% 54.6 43.5 $186,219 $68.21
47 Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Winston-Salem Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Raleigh; Washington, DC; Winston-Salem 49 24 49% 54.6 40.7 $119,565 $43.80
52 Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle New York New York; Stamford, CT 17 14 82% 54.8 46 $162,240 $59.21
52 Drinker Biddle & Reath Philadelphia Berwyn, PA; Florham Park, NJ; New York; Philadelphia; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 76 39 51% 54.8 42.5 $140,867 $51.41
52 Fenwick & West Mountain View, CA Mountain View, CA; San Francisco 50 12 24% 54.8 44.4 $186,682 $68.13
52 Fish & Richardson National Boston; Dallas; Minneapolis; New York; Redwood City, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 65 15 23% 54.8 44.4 $184,500 $67.34
56 Carlton Fields Tampa Atlanta; Miami; Orlando; St. Petersburg; Tampa; West Palm Beach, FL 27 17 63% 54.9 41.6 $106,556 $38.82
56 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Antonio; Washington, DC 123 64 52% 54.9 44.6 $151,569 $55.22
56 Andrews Kurth Houston Dallas; Houston 55 11 20% 55 42.5 $145,682 $52.98
56 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis Anchorage; Denver; Minneapolis; New York; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 120 18 15% 55 41.1 $137,079 $49.85
56 Venable Washington, DC Baltimore; Vienna, VA 59 32 54% 55 43.2 $142,393 $51.78
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