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Best Law Firms for Diversity

The 25 Best Law Firms for Diversity ranking is based on how well firms perform in five individual diversity categories.

  • Survey Methodology

    Lawyers and firm management place increasing value on a diverse working environment. That's why Vault has devoted a special section to associates' rankings on diversity issues. Our diversity section includes separate categories for diversity as it relates to minorities, women, LGBT individuals, individuals with disabilities and military veterans. To determine our Best 25 Law Firms for Diversity, we used a formula that weighed the five categories evenly for an overall diversity ranking.

  • Ranking History

2015 Best Law Firms for Women

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SCORE
9.303

Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin is a mid-size firm with a national practice. Its 300+ lawyers practice in the firm's headquarters in Chicago and in seven other offices...

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2014 Rank
2
2
SCORE
9.046

Littler Mendelson P.C.

For over 70 years, San Francisco-based Littler has been a leader in the area of labor and employment law. Bay Area Beginnings Littler was founded in...

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2014 Rank
3
3
SCORE
9.029

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP ranks as one of New York's most powerful law firms, representing high-profile clients in transactions and disputes in...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
4
4
SCORE
8.929

Reed Smith LLP

A Pittsburgh native long intertwined with the city's industrial kingpins, Reed Smith joined the crowd in globalizing via international mergers in the...

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2014 Rank
8
5
SCORE
8.902

Ropes & Gray LLP

Founded in 1865, Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming...

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2014 Rank
5
6
SCORE
8.897

Gibbons P.C.

One of New Jersey's largest firms, the growing Gibbons has made it to National Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List" and continues to position itself as a...

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2014 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
8.867

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Washington, DC and London, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a...

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2014 Rank
6
8
SCORE
8.854

Carlton Fields

In January 2014, the law firms of Carlton Fields, PA and Jorden Burt, LLP merged to form Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, which now boasts more than 375...

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2014 Rank
1
9
SCORE
8.831

Paul Hastings LLP

Over the last few decades, Paul Hastings has grown from a mid-market U.S. firm to an international outfit with strengths in employment, tax and business...

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2014 Rank
13
10
SCORE
8.767

Alston & Bird LLP

As definitively "Atlanta" as Coca-Cola, TBS and Bobby Cox, Alston & Bird isn't just a Georgia peach: it has built a nationally-regarded lobbying...

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2014 Rank
9
11
SCORE
8.753

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Kansas City-based Shook Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. The firm is also...

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2014 Rank
7
12
SCORE
8.750

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

With a full name like Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, it's no surprise that this firm is the product of big mergers between well-established practices....

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2014 Rank
19
13
SCORE
8.714

Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine is a Cleveland-based firm with regional strengths in numerous practice areas including construction, transportation, environmental law,...

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2014 Rank
21
14
SCORE
8.681

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

The current composition of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP prompts one of the great existential questions of 21st-century law:...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
16
15
SCORE
8.651

Holland & Hart LLP

Starting as a two-man outfit in 1947, Holland & Hart has become one of the largest firms in the Rocky Mountain West. Among its most notable practices...

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2014 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
8.581

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From its roots in Dallas-area corporate securities law, Haynes and Boone has expanded to a dozen offices across the U.S. and abroad. Although much of its...

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2014 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
8.556

Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only three locations--in Massachusetts, DC and...

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2014 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
8.544

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains Capitol Hill connections that pay dividends. Long a force in national politics (and even longer a...

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2014 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
8.494

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL and the NBA. Although flashy, this...

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2014 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
8.469

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

For decades, Paul, Weiss has valiantly defended the coffers and reputations of some of the world's largest financial institutions and companies. Though...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
12
21
SCORE
8.453

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm's earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the...

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2014 Rank
23
22
SCORE
8.451

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Founded in 1977, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. is one of the premier labor and employment law firms in the U.S. and Europe. From...

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2014 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
8.404

Sidley Austin LLP

The firm's roots trace back to its formation in Chicago in 1866 and the firm is preparing for 150th anniversary. Historical clients included former first...

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2014 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
8.401

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant among Mortals Kind of like Oprah or Prince, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously...

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2014 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
8.394

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick is focused on serving three sectors: tech, energy & infrastructure and finance. The firm's practices are evenly split between transactional...

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2014 Rank
NR