Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

Not every firm is created equal. Find out how top firms stack up when it comes to specific practice areas.

  • Survey Methodology

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, banking and financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2017 Best Law Firms for White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations

1
% OF VOTES
23.22

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
1
Williams & Connolly LLP logo
2
% OF VOTES
20.05

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
2
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates logo
3
% OF VOTES
18.23

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
3
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP logo
4
% OF VOTES
15.69

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

2016 Rank
4
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP logo
5
% OF VOTES
11.17

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

2016 Rank
8
Covington & Burling LLP logo
6
% OF VOTES
10.70

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

A BigLaw powerhouse, Sullivan & Cromwell has been ranked in the AmLaw 100 since the rankings began in the 1980s and is a regular player on The...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP logo
7
% OF VOTES
9.83

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the nation's pre-eminent law firms for nearly 200 years. With industry-leading practices on both...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
9
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP logo
8
% OF VOTES
9.35

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC

If there's one thing Morvillo Abramowitz firm has, its trial experience and a roster of high-profile clients. The litigation boutique specializes in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
9
% OF VOTES
8.95

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
7
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP logo
10
% OF VOTES
8.80

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

2016 Rank
10
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