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Best Law Firms for Compensation

Associates were asked to rate their firm on a 1-to-10 scale for each of several quality of life categories. The firm's score in each quality of life category is simply the average of the scores its associates gave in that area. It is important to note that those firms without a high enough aggregate of associates completing the survey were ineligible to appear in these rankings.

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Top Ranked

2016 Rank 2015 Rank Change Company Score Location
1 1 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 9.683 New York, NY
2 3 Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP 9.464 New York, NY
3 NR BuckleySandler LLP 9.391 Washington, DC
4 2 Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP 9.350 New York, NY
5 9 Paul Hastings LLP 9.176 New York, NY
6 5 Ropes & Gray LLP 9.169 Boston, MA
7 NR Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 8.856 New York, NY
8 11 O'Melveny & Myers LLP 8.855 Los Angeles, CA
9 21 Kirkland & Ellis LLP 8.843 Chicago, IL
10 15 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 8.795 Washington, DC
11 16 Latham & Watkins LLP 8.701 New York, NY
12 NR Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 8.699 New York, NY
13 17 Kaye Scholer LLP 8.673 New York, NY
14 NR Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 8.655 New York, NY
15 NR Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 8.630 New York, NY
16 12 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 8.566 Los Angeles, CA
17 18 Irell & Manella LLP 8.545 Los Angeles, CA
18 NR Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 8.537 New York, NY
19 NR Linklaters LLP (US) 8.507 New York, NY
20 NR Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 8.505 New York, NY
21 NR Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 8.500 New York, NY
22 NR WilmerHale 8.479 Washington, DC
23 23 Proskauer Rose LLP 8.475 New York, NY
24 NR Winston & Strawn LLP 8.462 Chicago, IL
25 NR Goodwin Procter LLP 8.453 Boston, MA

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