Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each U.S. Region

Associates rate the reputations of peer firms in their own region. These rankings reveal the most prestigious law firms by region across the U.S.

  • Survey Methodology

    Each regional ranking is based on associates who actually work in that region. For example, an associate from the San Francisco office of a national firm is only able to vote in the Northern California category. This year's regional rankings include the following locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain States, New York City, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, Texas, and Washington, DC.

  • Ranking History

2018 Best Law Firms in Southern California

1
SCORE
8.586

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
1
2
SCORE
8.574

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
2
3
SCORE
8.169

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
4
4
SCORE
8.160

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

One of SoCal's elites, Munger, Tolles & Olson has only recently expanded beyond the Golden State. The firm is similarly consistent in its recruiting:...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
3
5
SCORE
7.994

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
6
6
SCORE
7.836

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been cultivating the persona of an eccentric genius-shocking the often-staid (OK, uptight) legal world with its...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
5
7
SCORE
7.725

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California power for the past 75 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige and high-stakes...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
7
8
SCORE
7.473

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
9
SCORE
7.236

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
10
10
SCORE
7.140

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

2017 Rank
9
11
SCORE
6.948

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
11
12
SCORE
6.857

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
12
13
SCORE
6.833

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
NR
14
SCORE
6.469

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

2017 Rank
13
15
SCORE
6.360

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

With expertise in a variety of practices, including corporate, litigation, employment, IP, antitrust and finance, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
14
16
SCORE
6.309

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
15
17
SCORE
5.966

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP was founded in 1965 in Los Angeles and has grown to 400 attorneys and consultants across eight U.S. offices. With five...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
16
18
SCORE
5.965

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
19
19
SCORE
5.952

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati built its reputation advising some of the major tech and life sciences industries as well as the banks and venture...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
17
20
SCORE
5.894

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

With a full name like Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, it's no surprise that this firm is the product of big mergers between well-established practices....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
20
21
SCORE
5.881

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

2017 Rank
21
22
SCORE
5.784

DLA Piper

With approximately 4,200 lawyers in 90+ offices around the globe, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms-both by headcount and by revenue-in the...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
18
23
SCORE
5.634

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
24
24
SCORE
5.530

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Storied California firm Loeb & Loeb's primary claim to fame is its renowned Entertainment and Media Practice, though its multi-service offerings...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
27
25
SCORE
5.493

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

Knobbe Martens is a full-service intellectual property firm with an attorney roster that boasts a wealth of diverse backgrounds in science and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
22
26
SCORE
5.432

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn has an enviable 160+ year track record. The global law firm is comprised of 16 offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
26
27
SCORE
5.419

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

2017 Rank
23
28
SCORE
5.415

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

2017 Rank
25
29
SCORE
5.396

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

2017 Rank
29
30
SCORE
5.280

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is a leading international law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and employs...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
28
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