Top Ranked

Best Law Firms by 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

2019 Best Law Firms for Project Finance

1
% OF VOTES
26.69

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is one of the nation's leading firms for corporate finance and restructuring, litigation, and project finance,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
24.68

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

2018 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
23.68

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...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
13.82

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

2018 Rank
6
5
% OF VOTES
12.94

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, founded in New York City more than 165 years ago, has finance in its DNA. The firm boasts one of the nation's best and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
6
% OF VOTES
12.61

White & Case LLP

Founded at the dawn of the 20th century, White & Case has grown from its New York beginnings to become a truly global law firm with a longstanding...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
12.54

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a Wall Street institution, housing elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets, private funds and litigation and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
8
% OF VOTES
11.87

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb is a preeminent global law firm, with offices on four continents and an unparalleled reputation for groundbreaking work. While long known...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
8
9
% OF VOTES
8.99

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...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
10
% OF VOTES
7.91

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy stands as not only one of the U.K.'s most prestigious law firms-a pillar of the vaunted Magic Circle-but one of the largest firms in...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
14
11
% OF VOTES
7.58

Clifford Chance US LLP

In many ways, the formation of Clifford Chance presaged the future of modern law practice, especially as it is carried out in its native City of London....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
11
12
% OF VOTES
7.45

Norton Rose Fulbright

Teaming Up to Go Global Norton Rose Fulbright is the product of some of the last decade's largest law firm combinations, but the legacy firms each had...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
25
13
% OF VOTES
7.24

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys focused on serving three sectors: tech &...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
13
14
% OF VOTES
6.84

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 &...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
12
15
% OF VOTES
5.50

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

2018 Rank
15
15
% OF VOTES
5.50

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is an international law firm with offices across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East that employs more than 1,500 lawyers-among...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
20
17
% OF VOTES
5.23

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build an international network of lawyers in thirty offices reaching from Boston to...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
24
18
% OF VOTES
4.96

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie takes "global" to a whole new level, with its plethora of global offices spanning every continent. The firm's geographic and practice area...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
20
18
% OF VOTES
4.96

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

For over 250 years, Freshfields has remained a constant at the top of the UK legal market. Known as one of the Magic Circle firms, Freshfields has...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
17
18
% OF VOTES
4.96

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

2018 Rank
16
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