Best Hours 40: Shortest Hours Worked

See also the Longest Hours 40 or 2006 Shortest Hour Law Firms.

This is a ranking of the shortest hours worked (not billed) by midlevel associates. Associates at the #1 firm, Carter Ledyard & Milburn, averaged 50 hours worked (39.3 billed) per week. Associates working the longest are at, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and worked on average 69.1 (and billed 59.6) hours per week.

There are 168 total hours in a week. Sleeping 8 hours a night, leaves you with 112 waking hours. Working 69.1 hours amounts to 61.7% of waking hours. (50 hours would be 44.6%.)

Ratings principally based on over 6,500 associate surveys (3rd-5th years). See The American Lawyer's 2006 Midlevel Associates Survey.

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Hours Worked
1 Carter Ledyard & Milburn New York 15 73% 50
2 Chapman and Cutler Chicago 17 94% 50.5
2 Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman New York 180 10% 50.6
4 Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory Los Angeles 40 25% 50.8
5 Perkins Coie Seattle 91 22% 51.1
6 Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads Philadelphia 20 90% 51.9
7 Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle New York 19 89% 52
7 Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto New York 23 52% 52
7 Smith, Gambrell & Russell Atlanta 15 87% 52
7 Andrews Kurth Houston 63 19% 52.1
7 Crowell & Moring Washington, D.C. 46 46% 52.1
7 Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold San Francisco 50 30% 52.1
13 Holland & Hart Denver 44 27% 52.3
13 Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Columbus 38 58% 52.4
15 Baker & Daniels Indianapolis 38 37% 52.5
15 McKenna Long & Aldridge National 46 72% 52.5
15 Preston Gates & Ellis Seattle 47 30% 52.5
15 Day, Berry & Howard Hartford 41 37% 52.6
19 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel New York 55 29% 52.7
20 Howrey Washington, D.C. 102 61% 52.9
20 Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon Chicago 19 89% 52.9
20 Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn Detroit 20 55% 53
20 Venable Washington, D.C. 58 36% 53
24 Young Conaway Wilmington 16 75% 53
25 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 142 62% 53.1
25 Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Winston-Salem 48 48% 53.1
25 Thompson Coburn St. Louis 39 54% 53.2
25 Goulston & Storrs Boston 16 81% 53.3
29 Loeb & Loeb Los Angeles 25 68% 53.4
29 Thompson Hine Cleveland 57 35% 53.4
29 Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen Philadelphia 35 94% 53.4
29 Chadbourne & Parke New York 36 36% 53.5
29 Faegre & Benson Minneapolis 64 45% 53.5
29 Harter, Secrest & Emery Rochester, New York 16 94% 53.5
29 Heller Ehrman San Francisco 113 53% 53.5
29 Strasburger & Price Dallas 22 45% 53.5
37 Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle 54 28% 53.6
37 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Minneapolis 57 37% 53.6
37 Baker Botts Houston 117 23% 53.7
37 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Washington, D.C. 62 42% 53.7
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