Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

These firms were voted strongest in each practice area by associates working in that area at peer firms.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates vote for the strongest firms in their self-didentified practice area(s). Associates are able to vote for up to three firms but are not permitted to vote for their own firm. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2018 Best Law Firms for Private Equity

1
% OF VOTES
45.03

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
35.42

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
18.23

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

2017 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
15.50

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

2017 Rank
6
5
% OF VOTES
14.82

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Each year, a significant chunk of the world's dealmaking-major mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation, big-name restructurings,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
4
6
% OF VOTES
14.66

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

2017 Rank
5
7
% OF VOTES
12.45

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming new turf in Asia...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
7
8
% OF VOTES
10.30

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

2017 Rank
12
9
% OF VOTES
9.46

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

2017 Rank
8
10
% OF VOTES
9.14

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

2017 Rank
10
11
% OF VOTES
8.83

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

2017 Rank
11
12
% OF VOTES
8.72

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....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
9
13
% OF VOTES
5.47

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

2017 Rank
13
14
% OF VOTES
5.41

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has defined itself as the go-to firm for hedge funds, and their ilk. While this practice focus translates into double-digit...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
14
15
% OF VOTES
5.10

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin is one of the largest U.S. law firms and traces its roots back to the 1866 founding of predecessor firm Williams & Thompson in Chicago....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
15
16
% OF VOTES
3.78

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP was founded in 1920 in San Francisco by Arthur Cooley and Louis Crowley. The practice they started went on to become a major player in...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
17
17
% OF VOTES
3.52

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
18
18
% OF VOTES
3.36

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
16
19
% OF VOTES
2.94

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

2017 Rank
23
20
% OF VOTES
2.84

Goodwin

Founded in Boston in 1912, over the past century Goodwin has grown to more than 1,000 lawyers in ten offices throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
19
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