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Best Law Firms to Work For

Prestige isn't everything. These are the firms associates find the most amenable to a satisfying work experience.

  • Survey Methodology

    Which law firms are the best to work for? For some, this is a far more important consideration than prestige. To determine our Best 25 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:

    * 25 percent satisfaction * 10 percent hours * 10 percent compensation * 5 percent associate/partner relations * 5 transparency * 5 percent formal training * 5 percent informal training and mentoring *5 percent pro bono * 5 percent diversity (overall) * 10 percent business outlook * 5 percent career outlook * 10 percent substantive work

    Like our Vault Law 100 rankings, our quality of life rankings are meant to reflect the subjective opinions of associates. These rankings are based on perceptions of insiders--some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firms.

  • Ranking History

2015 Best Law Firms for Hours

1
SCORE
8.318

Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only three locations--in Massachusetts, DC and...

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2014 Rank
2
2
SCORE
8.260

Paul Hastings LLP

Over the last few decades, Paul Hastings has grown from a mid-market U.S. firm to an international outfit with strengths in employment, tax and business...

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2014 Rank
1
3
SCORE
8.135

Ropes & Gray LLP

Founded in 1865, Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming...

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2014 Rank
3
4
SCORE
8.038

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service business law firm representing a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.  The...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
5
5
SCORE
7.892

Strasburger & Price, LLP

With locations in Texas, New York, DC and even Mexico, Strasburger may have its feet in several legal markets--but its home base remains in the Lone Star...

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2014 Rank
NR
6
SCORE
7.869

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

With an extensive history of working big-time cases spread across a diverse array of fields, O'Melveny & Myers boasts expertise in a little bit of...

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2014 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
7.811

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles...

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2014 Rank
11
8
SCORE
7.776

Seward & Kissel LLP

Founded in 1890, Seward & Kissel has grown into a major player in the financial world, serving clients ranging from investment funds to big banks....

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2014 Rank
17
9
SCORE
7.770

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL and the NBA. Although flashy, this...

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2014 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
7.739

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From its Midwestern hub in Indianapolis, Barnes & Thornburg has aggressively expanded to serve a large network of clients throughout the U.S. In...

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2014 Rank
NR
11
SCORE
7.723

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 23 offices designed to meet clients' needs around the world. The firm is the product of four...

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2014 Rank
NR
12
SCORE
7.703

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...

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2014 Rank
15
13
SCORE
7.678

McCarter & English LLP

Founded as a small-town, one-lawyer practice in New Jersey over 170 years ago, McCarter & English is now New Jersey's oldest and one of its largest...

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2014 Rank
NR
13
SCORE
7.678

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....

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2014 Rank
8
14
SCORE
7.667

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Born of a January 2011 merger between the Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Stockton and Bay Area firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew, Kilpatrick Townsend &...

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2014 Rank
NR
14
SCORE
7.667

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...

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2014 Rank
4
14
SCORE
7.667

Williams & Connolly LLP

Relatively tiny Williams & Connolly has resisted globalization and continues to hold its own against firms ten times its size by following a basic...

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2014 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
7.642

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

A Boston institution since 1933, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo is now a national powerhouse, claiming such blue chippers as Biogen Idec...

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2014 Rank
9
16
SCORE
7.621

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

From an eight-attorney Atlanta real estate outfit, Morris, Manning & Martin has grown to become a reputable regional player in the Southeast with...

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2014 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
7.612

Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin is a mid-size firm with a national practice. Its 300+ lawyers practice in the firm's headquarters in Chicago and in seven other offices...

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2014 Rank
14
18
SCORE
7.600

Holland & Knight LLP

A veritable global conglomerate, Holland & Knight complements its fleet of offices in the United States with locations in Latin America, including...

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2014 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
7.588

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Squire Patton Boggs has a multi-disciplinary team of over 1500 lawyers in 44 offices across 21 countries. Their expansion has been through a unique mix...

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2014 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
7.577

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Miles & Stockbridge P.C. is a Maryland-based firm with over 200 lawyers stationed in offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its lawyers help...

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2014 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
7.574

Linklaters LLP (US)

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...

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2014 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
7.564

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP started as an Atlanta tax firm and has grown to include offices in London, Geneva, Washington, DC, New York, Houston,...

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2014 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
7.558

Cooley LLP

The firm that is now known as Cooley LLP was founded in 1920 in San Francisco by Arthur Cooley and Louis Crowley. The practice they started went on to...

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2014 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
7.553

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...

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2014 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
7.549

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From its roots in Dallas-area corporate securities law, Haynes and Boone has expanded to a dozen offices across the U.S. and abroad. Although much of its...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
25