Top Ranked

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:

    * 40 percent satisfaction * 10 percent hours * 10 percent pay * 10 percent associate/partner relations * 5 percent formal training * 5 percent informal training/mentoring * 5 percent pro bono * 5 percent diversity (overall) * 10 percent business outlook

    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

2013 Best Law Firms for Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship

1
SCORE
8.647

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.619

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,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
3
3
SCORE
8.352

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a multi-disciplinary team of over 1500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries on five continents. Their expansion has been...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
8.215

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
4
5
SCORE
8.192

Carlton Fields

In January 2014, the law firms of Carlton Fields, PA and Jorden Burt, LLP merged to form Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, which now boasts more than 375...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
4
6
SCORE
8.105

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

One of SoCal's elites, Munger, Tolles & Olson has resisted the temptation to expand beyond the Golden State. The firm is similarly consistent in its...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
8.063

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Washington, DC and London, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
9
8
SCORE
8.049

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Editor's note: In May 2015 Dykema Gossett PLLC and  Cox Smith Matthews announced a merger under the Dykema name (Dykema Cox Smith in Texas)....

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
8.024

Quarles & Brady LLP

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
2
10
SCORE
7.988

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

2012 Rank
13
11
SCORE
7.950

Jenner & Block LLP

Windy City Roots The firm now known as Jenner & Block was founded in 1914 as Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern by a trio of lawyers with big-name...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
10
12
SCORE
7.933

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

2012 Rank
NR
13
SCORE
7.868

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
14
SCORE
7.776

Fenwick & West LLP

In 1972, four attorneys moved from New York to Palo Alto to found a firm based on their vision that the Silicon Valley would become the future tech Mecca...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
19
14
SCORE
7.776

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

2012 Rank
21
15
SCORE
7.773

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

2012 Rank
11
16
SCORE
7.757

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

2012 Rank
7
17
SCORE
7.740

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Kansas City-based Shook Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. The firm is also...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
15
18
SCORE
7.733

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
5
19
SCORE
7.732

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

2012 Rank
24
20
SCORE
7.717

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
20
21
SCORE
7.686

Fox Rothschild LLP

With more than 700 attorneys practicing across 22 offices coast to coast serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn't put all of its...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
7.627

Jones Day

A heavy-hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an internationally-recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day uses its size and reach-offices...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
7.614

DLA Piper

With approximately 4,000 lawyers in 90+ offices around the globe, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms-both by headcount and by revenue-in the...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
7.597

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 in...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
23
25
SCORE
7.585

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Drinker Biddle is a national, full-service law firm providing litigation, regulatory, and business solutions to public and private corporations,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR

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