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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.

    Note: Vault's Best Law Firms to Work For methodology changed for its 2014 rankings. Previous rankings were based on a slightly different methodology.

  • Ranking History

2014 Best Law Firms for Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship

1
SCORE
8.755

Quarles & Brady LLP

Milwaukee's second largest firm, Quarles & Brady has successfully combined its Midwestern roots with multi-region power through thriving health law...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
9
2
SCORE
8.646

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

2013 Rank
1
3
SCORE
8.559

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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2013 Rank
13
4
SCORE
8.412

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

2013 Rank
5
5
SCORE
8.303

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

2013 Rank
7
6
SCORE
8.256

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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2013 Rank
20
7
SCORE
8.213

Jenner & Block LLP

Windy City Roots Embarking on its second century of service, the firm now known as Jenner & Block was founded in 1914 as Newman, Poppenhusen &...

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2013 Rank
11
8
SCORE
8.195

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...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
3
9
SCORE
8.102

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

2013 Rank
12
10
SCORE
8.022

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

2013 Rank
17
11
SCORE
7.987

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...

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2013 Rank
16
12
SCORE
7.965

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Drinker Biddle is a longstanding firm with a forward-thinking attitude.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, the firm has hubs in major U.S. cities...

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2013 Rank
25
13
SCORE
7.946

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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2013 Rank
2
14
SCORE
7.930

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

2013 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
7.925

Reed Smith LLP

A Pittsburgh native long intertwined with the city's industrial kingpins, Reed Smith joined the crowd in globalizing via international mergers in the...

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2013 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
7.915

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

2013 Rank
19
17
SCORE
7.906

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...

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2013 Rank
14
18
SCORE
7.889

Fox Rothschild LLP

With nearly 600 attorneys practicing across 19 offices coast to coast serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn't put all of its eggs...

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2013 Rank
21
19
SCORE
7.868

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California power for the past half-century, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige and high-stakes...

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2013 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
7.817

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Editor's note: In February 2016 Dickstein Shapiro announced that it would not longer be engaged in the practice of law. At that time, almost all of the...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
7.791

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

2013 Rank
18
22
SCORE
7.778

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...

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2013 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
7.754

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world's leading law firms....

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2013 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
7.714

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains Capitol Hill connections that pay dividends. Long a force in national politics (and even longer a...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
7.711

Wiley Rein LLP

Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein has been a dominant presence in the nation's capital for more than three decades.  Originally known for its experience...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR