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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
61 Troutman Sanders Atlanta Atlanta; New York; Richmond; Washington, DC 93 25 27% 55.1 42 $128,838 $46.77
61 Duane Morris Philadelphia Atlanta; Boston; Miami; New York; Newark; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; San Diego; Washington, DC; Westchester, NY; Wilmington 57 38 67% 55.2 44 $139,338 $50.48
61 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% 55.2 43.9 $179,991 $65.21
61 Hogan & Hartson Washington, DC Baltimore; Brussels; Colorado Springs; Denver; London; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Washington, DC 188 49 26% 55.2 43.5 $168,623 $61.10
61 Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman Chicago Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 105 69 66% 55.2 44.9 $184,698 $66.92
61 Quarles & Brady Milwaukee Milwaukee; Naples, FL; Phoenix; Tucson 62 26 42% 55.2 42.5 $127,049 $46.03
61 Schiff Hardin Chicago Chicago 28 11 39% 55.2 45.2 $160,083 $58.00
61 Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ; New York; Norristown, PA; Philadelphia; Roseland, NJ 33 32 97% 55.2 42.1 $129,065 $46.76
61 Howrey Washington, DC Chicago; Houston; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; San Francisco; Washington, DC 79 30 38% 55.3 45.1 $167,972 $60.75
61 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Los Angeles Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto 42 27 64% 55.3 42.7 $168,979 $61.11
61 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Minneapolis Atlanta; Boston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Washington, DC 32 19 59% 55.3 42.3 $121,048 $43.78
61 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% 55.3 44.5 $171,893 $62.17
73 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Columbus Alexandria, VA; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus 36 19 53% 55.4 42.8 $110,158 $39.77
73 Day, Berry & Howard Hartford Boston; Greenwich, CT; Hartford; Stamford, CT 30 16 53% 55.5 44.1 $128,881 $46.44
75 Arent Fox Washington, DC New York; Washington, DC 30 14 47% 55.7 44.3 $145,201 $52.14
76 Dow, Lohnes & Albertson Washington, DC Atlanta; Washington, DC 28 12 43% 55.8 44.2 $169,117 $60.62
76 Edwards & Angell Providence Boston; Fort Lauderdale; Hartford; New York; Providence; Short Hills, NJ; Stamford, CT; West Palm Beach, FL; Wilmington 38 19 50% 55.8 43.8 $141,973 $50.89
76 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% 55.8 44.4 $153,476 $55.01
76 Winston & Strawn Chicago Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 124 31 25% 55.8 46.3 $182,060 $65.25
76 Young Conaway Wilmington Wilmington 14 11 79% 55.8 44.1 $146,136 $52.38
76 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% 55.9 43.2 $146,477 $52.41
76 Kelley Drye & Warren New York New York; Parsippany, NJ; Stamford, CT; Washington, DC 46 22 48% 55.9 45.4 $175,857 $62.92
76 Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia Berwyn, PA; Detroit; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; Wilmington 72 44 61% 55.9 45.3 $154,449 $55.26
76 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; St. Louis; Washington, DC 97 28 29% 55.9 44 $150,970 $54.01
85 Lowenstein Sandler Roseland, NJ Roseland, NJ 31 23 74% 56 46.7 $128,550 $45.91
85 Bingham McCutchen National Boston; Costa Mesa, CA; Hartford; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Walnut Creek, CA; Washington, DC 167 72 43% 56.1 43.9 $184,091 $65.63
85 Blank Rome Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ; New York; Philadelphia; Washington, DC 55 18 33% 56.1 45.4 $141,751 $50.54
85 Bryan Cave National Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Phoenix; Santa Monica; St. Louis; Washington, DC 119 38 32% 56.1 44 $117,255 $41.80
85 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% 56.1 42.2 $149,798 $53.40
90 Harter, Secrest & Emery Rochester, NY Albany; Buffalo; Rochester, NY 14 13 93% 56.2 42.9 $86,121 $30.65
90 McDermott, Will & Emery National Boston; Chicago; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Washington, DC 149 91 61% 56.2 45.2 $184,041 $65.50
90 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; San Antonio; Washington, DC 127 98 77% 56.3 44.7 $170,330 $60.51
90 Jenner & Block Chicago Chicago 81 13 16% 56.3 44.6 $178,087 $63.26
90 Baker & McKenzie International Calgary, Alberta; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Toronto, Ontario; Washington, DC 92 36 39% 56.4 43.1 $162,006 $57.45
90 Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner New York New York 31 23 74% 56.4 44.8 $175,323 $62.17
90 Buchanan Ingersoll Pittsburgh Buffalo; Harrisburg, PA; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; Washington, DC; Wilmington 33 17 52% 56.4 42.1 $132,937 $47.14
90 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York Jersey City; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Paris; Washington, DC 51 29 57% 56.4 43.2 $173,040 $61.36
90 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 235 122 52% 56.4 46.3 $163,568 $58.00
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