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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 Pro Bono

1
SCORE
9.848

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

2014 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.778

Foley Hoag LLP

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

TRENDING

2014 Rank
3
3
SCORE
9.754

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

2014 Rank
2
4
SCORE
9.570

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

2014 Rank
11
5
SCORE
9.543

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

2014 Rank
5
6
SCORE
9.512

Gibbons P.C.

One of New Jersey's largest firms, the growing Gibbons has made it to National Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List" and continues to position itself as a...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
9.504

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton ranks as one of New York's most powerful law firms, representing high-profile clients in transactions and disputes in...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
13
8
SCORE
9.500

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

2014 Rank
4
9
SCORE
9.466

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

2014 Rank
9
10
SCORE
9.420

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

2014 Rank
24
11
SCORE
9.395

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California power for the past 75 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige and high-stakes...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
12
SCORE
9.350

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

2014 Rank
15
13
SCORE
9.344

Hunton & Williams LLP

After remaining regional through most of the 20th century, Hunton & Williams ventured beyond the mid-Atlantic in a major way as the new millennium...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
6
14
SCORE
9.337

Holland & Hart LLP

Starting as a two-man outfit in 1947, Holland & Hart has become one of the largest firms in the Rocky Mountain West. Among its most notable practices...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
8
15
SCORE
9.330

Covington & Burling LLP

This "brain trust" law firm is known for quietly (and smartly) going about its business-that business being antitrust, litigation, corporate, IP, and...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
21
15
SCORE
9.330

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...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
9.275

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
9.255

Arnold & Porter

Editor's note:  In January 2017 Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer merged to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The information herein...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
9.255

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

2014 Rank
20
18
SCORE
9.221

WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
7
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