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Best Law Firms in Each U.S. Region

Location, location, location. These rankings reveal the best 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 was only allowed 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

2017 Best Law Firms in Chicago

1
SCORE
9.396

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.890

Sidley Austin LLP

The firm's roots trace back to its formation in Chicago in 1866 and the firm is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Historical clients included former...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.297

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
3
4
SCORE
8.138

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

2016 Rank
4
5
SCORE
7.832

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

2016 Rank
6
6
SCORE
7.812

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is a leading international law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and employs more than 1,500...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
7
SCORE
7.591

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

2016 Rank
7
8
SCORE
7.494

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn has an enviable 160+ year track record. The global law firm is comprised of 18 offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
8
9
SCORE
7.094

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
11
10
SCORE
6.910

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

A Chicago institution since the 1930s, McDermott Will & Emery has, in recent decades, broadened its gaze from the Windy City to new markets in the...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
9
11
SCORE
6.611

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Frustrated with stodgy conventional methods of BigLaw management, 24 attorneys struck out on their own in 1974 to form Katten Muchin Zavis in the Windy...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
12
SCORE
6.498

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

With more than 80 attorneys in two offices--one in Chicago and one in Denver--Bartlit Beck offers litigation practices in commercial litigation, product...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
10
13
SCORE
6.238

DLA Piper

With approximately 4,000 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

2016 Rank
13
14
SCORE
6.058

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

2016 Rank
14
15
SCORE
5.960

Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin is a mid-size firm with a national practice. Its 300+ lawyers practice in the firm's headquarters in Chicago and in seven other offices...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
15
16
SCORE
5.923

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

2016 Rank
16
17
SCORE
5.777

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods' roots stretch back to 1834 in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Egbert R. Watson began his law practice. Today, the firm regularly serves the...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
19
18
SCORE
5.629

Vedder Price

Vedder Price is a 300+ attorney firm with offices in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The firm focuses on...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
21
19
SCORE
5.571

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP counts among its clients some of the biggest names in information technology, energy, entertainment, telecommunications, real...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
20
20
SCORE
5.536

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Founded in 1945 by a trio of labor lawyers in Chicago, Seyfarth Shaw has grown to more than 850 lawyers across 14 offices in the U.S., London, Melbourne,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
17
21
SCORE
5.450

Foley & Lardner LLP

While Foley & Lardner handles a wide range of business matters, the majority of the firm's major clients come from the automotive, energy, health...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
18
22
SCORE
5.332

Dentons

The legal behemoth firm known as Dentons is the product of a flurry of mergers in the last half decade, most recently with McKenna Long & Aldridge in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
5.292

Chapman and Cutler LLP

From financing airport renovations to giving U.S. tax counsel for soccer's international governing body, Chicago-based law firm Chapman and Cutler has...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
22
24
SCORE
5.203

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg is a one office Chi-town firm with sophisticated practices in bankruptcy, compensation and employment,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
23
25
SCORE
5.196

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 23 offices designed to meet clients' needs around the world. The firm is the product of four...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
25

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