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Best Law Firms for Diversity

Law students, lawyers, and firm management place increasing value on a diverse working environment. That's why Vault has devoted a special section to associates’ rankings on diversity issues.

  • Survey Methodology

    Our diversity rankings are based on each firm's associates' rankings of how the firm does at creating, maintaining, and fostering a diverse workforce. Our diversity rankings include separate categories for diversity as it relates to minorities, women, LGBT individuals, individuals with disabilities, and military veterans. To determine our Best 25 Law Firms for Diversity, we use a formula that weighs the five categories evenly for an overall diversity ranking.

  • Ranking History

2017 Best Law Firms for LGBT Individuals

1
SCORE
9.561

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

2016 Rank
2
2
SCORE
9.284

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...

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2016 Rank
5
3
SCORE
9.264

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick is focused on serving three sectors: tech, energy & infrastructure, and finance. The firm's practices are evenly split between...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
9.200

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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2016 Rank
8
5
SCORE
9.113

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

With approximately 450 attorneys, Fried Frank is hardly a behemoth, but the firm remains an international legal power that excels in corporate,...

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2016 Rank
20
6
SCORE
9.100

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett is a Northern California law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, and the East Bay....

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2016 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
9.041

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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2016 Rank
6
8
SCORE
9.024

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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2016 Rank
1
9
SCORE
8.967

Littler Mendelson P.C.

For over 70 years, Littler has been a leader in the area of labor and employment law on a national, and recently, international scale. Bay Area...

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2016 Rank
8
10
SCORE
8.895

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....

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2016 Rank
21
11
SCORE
8.869

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...

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2016 Rank
4
12
SCORE
8.828

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

For decades, Paul, Weiss has valiantly defended the coffers and reputations of some of the world's largest financial institutions and companies. Though...

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2016 Rank
10
13
SCORE
8.813

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:...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
14
SCORE
8.800

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...

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2016 Rank
17
15
SCORE
8.765

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...

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2016 Rank
19
16
SCORE
8.743

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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2016 Rank
3
17
SCORE
8.657

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling is one of the world's premier law firms, serving the domestic and cross-border needs of an impressive roster of clients. With...

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2016 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
8.594

BuckleySandler LLP

Started by former BigLaw partners jumping ship from their respective firms with clients in tow, BuckleySandler has attracted the attention of the legal...

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2016 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
8.577

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...

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2016 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
8.574

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...

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2016 Rank
15
21
SCORE
8.533

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

With offices around the globe, one cannot deny Cleary Gottlieb's international scope. But don't call it a U.S. firm with overseas offices-this is an...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
11
22
SCORE
8.500

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis has a strong reputation in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation, restructuring and...

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2016 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
8.500

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Fourteen New York attorneys-including the late Arthur Kramer, brother of playwright Larry Kramer-teamed up to start Kramer Levin in 1968. The city was...

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2016 Rank
22
24
SCORE
8.486

Goodwin

Founded in Boston in 1912, Goodwin is known for its IP litigation, financial services, private equity, real estate capital markets, technology and life...

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2016 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
8.479

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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2016 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
8.479

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant among Mortals Kind of like Oprah or Beyoncé, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously...

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2016 Rank
NR