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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

2009 Best Law Firms to Work For

1
SCORE
8.479

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

2008 Rank
NR
2
SCORE
8.475

McKee Nelson LLP

TRENDING

2008 Rank
1
3
SCORE
8.438

Ropes & Gray LLP

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

TRENDING

2008 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
8.392

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

2008 Rank
9
5
SCORE
8.385

Linklaters LLP

Consistently ranked as a top money-maker, both in terms of firm profits and PPP, Magic Circle firm Linklaters has achieved legal industry royalty by...

TRENDING

2008 Rank
NR
6
SCORE
8.378

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a multi-disciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries on five continents. Their expansion has...

TRENDING

2008 Rank
8
7
SCORE
8.366

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, founded in New York City more than 165 years ago, has finance in its DNA. The firm boasts one of the nation's best and...

TRENDING

2008 Rank
14
8
SCORE
8.316

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

2008 Rank
4
9
SCORE
8.306

Quarles & Brady LLP

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

TRENDING

2008 Rank
5
10
SCORE
8.297

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody's 650+ lawyers collaborate together to handle complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, intellectual property, and...

TRENDING

2008 Rank
NR
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