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 Washington, D.C.

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SCORE
8.624

Covington & Burling LLP

This "brain trust" law firm is known for quietly (and smartly) going about its business-that business being antitrust, litigation, white collar defense...

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2017 Rank
2
2
SCORE
8.600

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...

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2017 Rank
1
3
SCORE
7.897

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
4
4
SCORE
7.839

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
3
5
SCORE
7.825

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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2017 Rank
6
6
SCORE
7.638

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
7
7
SCORE
7.561

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Starting the year off with a bang, January 1, 2017 marked the beginning of a new firm, when the Washington, DC giant Arnold & Porter combined with...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
5
8
SCORE
7.532

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
9
9
SCORE
7.529

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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2017 Rank
10
10
SCORE
7.525

Hogan Lovells LLP

Formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, Hogan Lovells is a global megafirm with more than 45 offices in the United...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
11
SCORE
7.406

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....

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2017 Rank
11
12
SCORE
6.941

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
12
13
SCORE
6.571

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
16
14
SCORE
6.536

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
17
15
SCORE
6.531

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
15
16
SCORE
6.471

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
18
17
SCORE
6.461

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
14
18
SCORE
6.393

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Started in 1997, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts nearly 300 lawyers and has its...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
13
19
SCORE
6.334

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
21
20
SCORE
6.237

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
22
21
SCORE
6.184

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
24
22
SCORE
6.167

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a group of attorneys defecting from Jones Day to create "a different kind of law firm." When Jones Day tried...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
19
23
SCORE
6.154

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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2017 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
6.138

Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel, & Frederick PLLC

Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick is a firm that thrives litigating complex cases in the trial and appellate world,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
23
25
SCORE
6.133

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP got its start representing the airline industry, as well as pipelines, railroads, and foreign companies whose assets had been...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
20
26
SCORE
6.100

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
26
27
SCORE
6.057

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
25
28
SCORE
5.891

King & Spalding

Over its 130-year history, King & Spalding has branched far from its Southern roots to open offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
29
29
SCORE
5.841

Wiley Rein LLP

Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein has been a dominant presence in the nation's capital for more than three decades. Originally known for its experience and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
27
30
SCORE
5.798

K&L Gates LLP

What a difference a couple of years make: the firm now branded K&L Gates has undergone a series of identity-shifting mergers in modern times. On the...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
30
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