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 Office Space

1
SCORE
9.156

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...

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2012 Rank
NR
2
SCORE
8.881

Venable LLP

Call it a victory for career services: Venable, Baetjer & Howard was formed in 1900 when Richard Venable, a law professor in Baltimore, partnered...

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2012 Rank
21
3
SCORE
8.847

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...

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2012 Rank
16
4
SCORE
8.809

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Fitzpatrick, Cella is a highly-decorated boutique which has made intellectual property its sole focus (as perhaps made obvious by the "We are IP" motto...

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2012 Rank
1
5
SCORE
8.745

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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2012 Rank
12
6
SCORE
8.736

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...

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2012 Rank
3
7
SCORE
8.733

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

With offices around the globe and a web site in over 10 languages, one cannot deny Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's international scope. But don't...

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2012 Rank
6
8
SCORE
8.701

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
15
9
SCORE
8.676

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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2012 Rank
13
10
SCORE
8.675

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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2012 Rank
7
11
SCORE
8.667

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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2012 Rank
4
12
SCORE
8.659

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

The current composition of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP prompts one of the great existential questions of 21st-century law:...

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2012 Rank
5
13
SCORE
8.632

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicagoans are (famously and resolutely) loyal to their own, so within its hometown, Kirkland & Ellis ranks tops for prestige-but the firm's...

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2012 Rank
10
14
SCORE
8.612

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, founded in New York City over 160 years ago, has finance in its DNA. The firm boasts one of the nation's best and most...

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2012 Rank
18
15
SCORE
8.601

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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2012 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
8.576

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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2012 Rank
11
17
SCORE
8.571

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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2012 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
8.567

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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2012 Rank
17
19
SCORE
8.502

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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2012 Rank
2
20
SCORE
8.449

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Founded in Houston in 1917, this Lone Star State institution rode the wildcatter era to build its name on (what else?!) oil and gas matters. Vinson &...

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2012 Rank
19
21
SCORE
8.414

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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2012 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
8.386

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn has an enviable 160+ year track record. The global law firm is comprised of 18 offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia,...

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2012 Rank
23
23
SCORE
8.365

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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2012 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
8.361

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...

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2012 Rank
14
25
SCORE
8.359

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...

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2012 Rank
NR