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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

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, banking and financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2016 Best Law Firms for International Practice

1
% OF VOTES
43.79

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

For over 250 years, Freshfields has remained a constant at the top of the UK legal market. Known as one of the Magic Circle firms, Freshfields has...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
43.14

White & Case LLP

Founded at the dawn of the 20th century, White & Case has grown from its New York beginnings to become a truly global law firm with a longstanding...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
18.30

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb is a preeminent global law firm, with offices on four continents and an unparalleled reputation for groundbreaking work. While long known...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
16.34

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

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

TRENDING

2015 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
14.38

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling is one of the world's premier law firms, serving the domestic and cross-border needs of an impressive roster of clients. With...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
6
6
% OF VOTES
13.07

King & Spalding LLP

THE SCOOP Over its 130-year history, King & Spalding has branched far from its Southern roots to open offices across the United States, Europe,...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
6
6
% OF VOTES
13.07

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is one of the largest U.S. law firms and traces its roots back to the 1866 founding of predecessor firm Williams & Thompson in Chicago....

TRENDING

2015 Rank
8
6
% OF VOTES
13.07

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

2015 Rank
8
7
% OF VOTES
11.76

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy stands as not only one of the UK's most prestigious law firms-a pillar of the vaunted Magic Circle-but one of the largest firms in the...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
9
7
% OF VOTES
11.76

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

TRENDING

2015 Rank
5
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