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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
99 Cooley Godward Palo Alto Broomfield, CO; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; San Diego; San Francisco 83 40 48% 56.5 44.1 $191,497 $67.79
99 Dewey Ballantine New York East Palo Alto; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 89 34 38% 56.5 46.3 $198,719 $70.34
99 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, DC Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 45 28 62% 56.5 45.2 $168,919 $59.79
99 Foley Hoag Boston Boston 36 19 53% 56.5 44.8 $176,956 $62.64
99 Hunton & Williams Richmond Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Dallas; Knoxville; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Norfolk, VA; Raleigh; Richmond; Washington, DC 135 50 37% 56.5 45.1 $140,957 $49.90
99 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel New York New York 55 12 22% 56.5 47.9 $194,667 $68.91
99 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Portland, OR; Sacramento; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 79 44 56% 56.5 46.4 $192,207 $68.04
99 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, DC Baltimore; Boston; New York; Washington, DC 240 60 25% 56.5 45.7 $207,382 $73.41
99 Average City City 0 0% 56.6 45.3 $169,000 $59.72
99 Chadbourne & Parke New York New York; Washington, DC 48 14 29% 56.6 48 $189,226 $66.86
99 Goodwin Procter Boston Boston; New York; Washington, DC 123 37 30% 56.6 46.5 $187,948 $66.41
99 Nixon Peabody National Boston; Garden City, NY; Manchester, NH; New York; Rochester, NY; San Francisco; Washington, DC 77 20 26% 56.6 42.6 $134,189 $47.42
99 Ropes & Gray Boston Boston; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 176 58 33% 56.6 45.5 $209,613 $74.07
112 Covington & Burling Washington, DC New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 111 40 36% 56.7 46.2 $183,620 $64.77
112 Thelen Reid & Priest San Francisco Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; San Jose; Washington, DC 44 20 45% 56.7 42.5 $169,526 $59.80
112 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles Dallas; Denver; Irvine, CA; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Washington, DC 198 105 53% 56.8 46.5 $188,794 $66.48
115 Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Chicago Chicago 30 17 57% 56.9 46.6 $158,791 $55.81
115 Perkins Coie Seattle Chicago; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; Phoenix; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle 100 18 18% 56.9 45.6 $145,939 $51.30
115 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman San Francisco Century City, CA; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Palo Alto; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, DC 140 56 40% 56.9 42.8 $174,367 $61.29
115 Saul Ewing Philadelphia Baltimore; Chesterbrook, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Philadelphia; Princeton; Wilmington 28 23 82% 56.9 42.4 $130,698 $45.94
115 Willkie Farr & Gallagher New York New York; Washington, DC 94 31 33% 56.9 48.3 $199,741 $70.21
115 Dechert National Boston; Hartford; New York; Newport Beach, CA; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Princeton; San Francisco; Washington, DC 144 85 59% 57 46.4 $170,886 $59.96
115 Greenberg Traurig National Albany; Atlanta; Chicago; Denver; Florham Park, NJ; Fort Lauderdale; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; Miami; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; West Palm Beach, FL; Wilmington 154 37 24% 57 46.2 $145,773 $51.15
115 Haynes and Boone Dallas Austin, TX; Dallas; Fort Worth; Houston; Richardson, TX; San Antonio; Washington, DC 59 33 56% 57 41.2 $139,191 $48.84
115 Kenyon & Kenyon New York New York; Washington, DC 46 24 52% 57 46.1 $182,690 $64.10
115 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae National Boston; Chicago; Hartford; Houston; Jacksonville; Los Angeles; New York; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, DC 83 39 47% 57 46.7 $178,221 $62.53
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