Law Firm Rankings

The following rankings are based on over 5,600 midlevel associates (3rd, 4th & 5th year) survey responses. "Perfect" is defined as exactly what users of this site are looking for in a firm. So what's important to prospective associates? The answer might surprise you. Is the image of money-grabbing lawyers an anachronism? According to site users, realistic billable hours and interesting work are even more important. And, apparently becoming partner isn't at the forefront of users minds: communication about partnership opportunities and the chance to work and socialize with partners is nearly the least important thing to users. Below are the Top 20 Perfect Law Firms and the Least Perfect 10. 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 firm.

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The Top 20 "Perfect" Firms

Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Total Midlevels Respondents Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Nutter McClennen & Fish Boston Boston 16 12 75% 85.2
2 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, DC Atlanta; Cambridge, MA; Reston, VA; Washington, DC 51 18 35% 82.9
3 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, DC Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC 45 28 62% 82.3
3 Harter, Secrest & Emery Rochester, NY Albany; Buffalo; Rochester, NY 14 13 93% 81.5
5 Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler New York New York 47 29 62% 81.3
5 Debevoise & Plimpton New York New York 133 20 15% 80.8
5 Miles & Stockbridge Baltimore Baltimore; Easton, MD; Rockville, MD 28 16 57% 80.7
5 Cooley Godward Palo Alto Broomfield, CO; Palo Alto; Reston, VA; San Diego; San Francisco 83 40 48% 80.5
9 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles Dallas; Denver; Irvine, CA; London; Los Angeles; Munich; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Washington, DC 198 105 53% 80.2
9 Jenner & Block Chicago Chicago 81 13 16% 79.9
9 Jenkens & Gilchrist Dallas Austin, TX; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Pasadena 35 12 34% 79.6
12 Davis Wright Tremaine Seattle Bellevue, WA; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, DC 46 12 26% 79.3
12 Snell & Wilmer Phoenix Denver; Irvine, CA; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Salt Lake City; Tucson 71 39 55% 79.1
12 Andrews Kurth Houston Dallas; Houston 55 11 20% 78.9
12 Goulston & Storrs Boston Boston 16 11 69% 78.9
12 Lindquist & Vennum Minneapolis Denver; Minneapolis 15 10 67% 78.9
12 McKenna Long & Aldridge National Atlanta; Denver; Los Angeles; Washington, DC 40 28 70% 78.9
12 Strasburger & Price Dallas Austin, TX; Dallas; Frisco, TX; Houston 20 10 50% 78.9
12 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% 78.8
12 Loeb & Loeb Los Angeles Los Angeles; New York 22 14 64% 78.6
12 Ropes & Gray Boston Boston; New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC 176 58 33% 78.6
12 Fish & Richardson National Boston; Dallas; Minneapolis; New York; Redwood City, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 65 15 23% 78.5
12 Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps San Diego San Diego 27 14 52% 78.5

The 10 Least "Perfect" Firms

Rank Law Firm Main Office Participating Offices Total Midlevels Respondents Response Rate Score (0-100)
150 Day, Berry & Howard Hartford Boston; Greenwich, CT; Hartford; Stamford, CT 30 16 53% 68.4
150 Duane Morris Philadelphia Atlanta; Boston; Miami; New York; Newark; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Princeton; San Diego; Washington, DC; Westchester, NY; Wilmington 57 38 67% 68.3
150 Preston Gates & Ellis Seattle Irvine, CA; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; Taipei; Washington, DC 47 19 40% 68.3
150 Alston & Bird Atlanta Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; New York; Raleigh; Washington, DC 122 66 54% 68.0
150 Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner New York New York 31 23 74% 67.9
150 Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Columbus Cleveland; Columbus; Dayton 31 19 61% 67.9
150 Ross, Dixon & Bell Washington, DC Chicago; Irvine, CA; San Diego; Washington, DC 21 16 76% 67.7
157 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York New York 53 17 32% 67.3
157 Lowenstein Sandler Roseland, NJ Roseland, NJ 31 23 74% 67.3
159 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York London; New York 106 35 33% 66.0
160 Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle New York New York; Stamford, CT 17 14 82% 65.4
160 Adams and Reese New Orleans Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham; Houston; Jackson, MS; New Orleans 33 12 36% 64.9
160 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York Charlotte, NC; London; New York; Washington, DC 89 33 37% 64.9
160 Proskauer Rose New York Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Newark 111 42 38% 64.7
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