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Best Law Firms to Work For

Associates assess their own firms on a range of workplace issues related to career development, job satisfaction, and quality of life.

  • Survey Methodology

    Which are the best firms to work for? For some, this is a far more important consideration than prestige. To determine our Best 15 Firms to Work For, we used a formula that weighed the most relevant categories for an overall quality of life ranking. Each firm's overall score was calculated using the following formula:

    * 50 percent satisfaction * 10 percent hours * 10 percent pay * 10 percent manager relations * 10 percent diversity (women, minorities and gays) * 10 percent formal training

    Like our Top 40 prestige rankings, our Best 20 is meant to reflect the subjective opinion of insiders. By its nature, the list is based on the perceptions of insiders, some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firm.

  • Ranking History

2008 Best Law Firms to Work For

1
SCORE
8.484

McKee Nelson LLP

TRENDING

2007 Rank
17
2
SCORE
8.463

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

With around 200 attorneys working out of its single outpost in Manhattan, Patterson Belknap may seem like a modest operation relative to New York's...

TRENDING

2007 Rank
NR
3
SCORE
8.462

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From its core litigation practice, Hughes Hubbard has spun off a number of niches and industry-specific practices. Now boasting a respected Capitol Hill...

TRENDING

2007 Rank
8
4
SCORE
8.452

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

2007 Rank
19
5
SCORE
8.403

Quarles & Brady LLP

Quarles & Brady has successfully combined its Midwestern roots with multi-region power through thriving health law and intellectual property...

TRENDING

2007 Rank
NR
6
SCORE
8.349

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

2007 Rank
2
7
SCORE
8.343

Baker & Daniels LLP

TRENDING

2007 Rank
NR
8
SCORE
8.305

Squire Patton Boggs

Through a mix of organic growth and strategic combinations, Squire Patton Boggs has created one of the most comprehensive legal platforms, spanning 47...

TRENDING

2007 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
8.287

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

2007 Rank
1
10
SCORE
8.280

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

TRENDING

2007 Rank
NR
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