Top Ranked

Best Law Firms by Practice Area

These firms were voted strongest in each practice area by associates working in that area at peer firms.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates vote for the strongest firms in their self-identified practice area(s). Associates are able to vote for up to three firms but are not permitted to vote for their own firm. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2019 Best Law Firms for Intellectual Property

1
% OF VOTES
48.69

Fish & Richardson P.C.

An influential player in the development of American intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson has evolved with the inventions of its clients:...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
29.77

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Finnegan is essentially the GP of IP, a true full-service IP firm with experts in every area of IP and every technology. Founded in 1965, the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
21.96

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has been cultivating the persona of an eccentric genius-shocking the often-staid (OK, uptight) legal world...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
19.48

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis, one the world's most elite law firms, is recognized for its private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
5
% OF VOTES
19.20

Morrison & Foerster LLP

In 1973 those cats in San Fran approved "MoFo" as Morrison & Foerster's official nickname, accentuating the firm's unconventional modus operandi....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
6
% OF VOTES
14.99

WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
13.19

Cooley LLP

Founded by Arthur Cooley and Louis Crowley in 1920 in San Francisco, Cooley became a major player in California, as it prospered in the Silicon Valley...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
8
% OF VOTES
12.98

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati built its reputation advising some of the major tech and life sciences industries as well as the banks and venture...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
9
% OF VOTES
11.67

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California powerhouse for over 75 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
10
% OF VOTES
8.29

Fenwick & West LLP

In 1972, four attorneys moved from New York to Palo Alto to found a firm based on their vision that the Silicon Valley would become the future tech Mecca...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
10
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