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Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

Vault’s ranking of the leading midsize firms based on what associates say their work life is really like.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine Vault's Best Midsize Firms to Work For, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality of life ranking at a midsize firm. Associates were asked to rate their firm on a 1-to-10 scale for each of several quality of life categories. Each firm's overall score was calculated using the following formula:

    • 25 percent overall satisfaction • 10 percent firm culture • 10 percent hours • 10 percent compensation • 10 percent quality of work •  10 percent informal training, mentoring and sponsorship • 5 percent business outlook • 5 percent career outlook •  5 percent associate/partner relations • 5 percent leadership transparency • 5 percent formal training 

    These rankings are based on perceptions of attorneys who work at each firm-some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firms.

  • Ranking History

2019 Best Midsize Law Firms for Compensation

1
SCORE
9.852

Desmarais LLP

In 2010, John Desmarais left a successful patent litigation practice with Kirkland & Ellis to hang his own shingle, Desmarais LLP, with some of his...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.650

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz is a high-stakes litigation firm based in Washington, DC. The firm has successfully tried cases to juries and judges across...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
3
SCORE
9.417

Hueston Hennigan LLP

Hueston Hennigan LLP is a litigation boutique composed of trial lawyers who specialize in high-stakes business disputes and white collar criminal...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
SCORE
9.412

Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC

Lightfoot, Franklin & White has represented a broad range of clients in matters across North America, including in 43 states, U.S. Virgin Islands,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
12
5
SCORE
9.273

MoloLamken

In less than a decade of existence and with only 35 attorneys, MoloLamken has quickly made a name for itself among the heavy hitters of boutique...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
6
SCORE
9.132

Susman Godfrey LLP

Since its inception over 40 years ago, Susman Godfrey has established itself as one of the country's premiere litigation firms. The litigation star has...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
13
7
SCORE
9.000

Nelson Hardiman, LLP

For over 20 years, Nelson Hardiman has represented healthcare providers, including hospitals, physician organizations, long-term and behavioral care...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
8
SCORE
8.952

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff is an intellectual property law firm with offices in Illinois, California, and North Carolina. The firm's client...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
9
SCORE
8.864

Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick P.L.L.C.

Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick is a firm that thrives litigating complex cases in the trial and appellate world,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
8.741

Kobre & Kim LLP

Founded in 2003 Kobre & Kim is global law firm focused exclusively on international disputes and investigations, often involving allegations of fraud...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
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