Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

Not every firm is created equal. Find out how top firms stack up when it comes to specific practice areas.

  • 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, 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

2014 Best Law Firms for Energy, Oil and Gas Law

1
% OF VOTES
48.44

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...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
2
% OF VOTES
45.31

Baker Botts LLP

One of Texas' elite firms, Baker Botts has deep roots in the Lone Star State-and a long history of counseling the oil industry and Republican...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
43.23

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Founded in Houston in 1917, this Lone Star State institution rode the wildcatter era to build its name on (what else?!) oil and gas matters. Vinson &...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
1
4
% OF VOTES
28.65

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham is one of the world's largest law firms, a bona fide member of the clique that includes the Magic Circle and the elite U.S. heritage firms. With...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
23.96

Bracewell LLP

Editor's note: In January 2016 Rudy Giuliani left Bracewell & Giuliani and the firm re-branded itself as Bracewell LLP. Long known for its...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
5
% OF VOTES
23.96

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...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
3
6
% OF VOTES
19.79

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a long legacy in the United States that spans more than nine decades of practice in dispute resolution and litigation,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
5
7
% OF VOTES
11.98

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman's seat in the nation's capital gives it prime access to the governmental, regulatory, and compliance aspects of environmental and energy...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
8
8
% OF VOTES
8.85

Chadbourne & Parke LLP

With hundreds of attorneys working in dozens of practice areas across the globe, Chadbourne has made significant strides toward shedding its reputation...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
8
9
% OF VOTES
7.29

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Wall Street institution Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is one of the nation's leading firms for corporate restructuring, outsourcing and project...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
6
10
% OF VOTES
6.25

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build an international network of lawyers reaching from Boston to Beijing and San Francisco...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
11
10
% OF VOTES
6.25

Thompson & Knight LLP

Alive and kicking since the late nineteenth century, Dallas-based Thompson & Knight has evolved from a Texas oil and gas law firm into an...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
10
10
% OF VOTES
6.25

White & Case LLP

Founded 114 years ago, White & Case has grown from its New York beginnings to become a truly global law firm with a longstanding presence in the...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
9
11
% OF VOTES
5.73

Allen & Overy LLP

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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
7
12
% OF VOTES
5.21

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP got its start representing the airline industry, as well as pipelines, railroads, and foreign companies whose assets had been...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
14
12
% OF VOTES
5.21

Stoel Rives LLP

As a super-regional U.S. law firm, Stoel Rives has become a leader in corporate, construction, employment, energy, environmental, natural resources,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
10
13
% OF VOTES
4.17

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....

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
14
% OF VOTES
3.65

King & Spalding LLP

Over its 127-year history, King & Spalding has branched far from its Southern roots to open offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
10
14
% OF VOTES
3.65

Troutman Sanders LLP

Troutman Sanders was founded at the tail end of the 1800s in Atlanta. But the firm has grown beyond its Georgia peach roots-over 600 Troutman attorneys...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
12
15
% OF VOTES
2.08

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...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
15
% OF VOTES
2.08

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP counts among its clients some of the biggest names in information technology, energy, entertainment, telecommunications and health...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
15
% OF VOTES
2.08

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

2013 Rank
15