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Best Law Firms by 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

2019 Best Law Firms in Chicago

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SCORE
9.399

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis, one the world's most elite law firms, is recognized for its private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.865

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley 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

2018 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.264

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
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4
SCORE
8.243

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
4
5
SCORE
7.655

Jenner & Block LLP

From its Windy City roots, Jenner & Block has grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers in offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
6
SCORE
7.653

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
6
7
SCORE
7.560

Winston & Strawn LLP

From its 19th Century Chicago roots, Winston & Strawn has grown to a global law firm of nearly 1,000 attorneys across the United States, Europe, and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
8
SCORE
7.524

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

2018 Rank
8
9
SCORE
6.882

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

2018 Rank
9
10
SCORE
6.705

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
10
11
SCORE
6.450

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

2018 Rank
11
12
SCORE
6.165

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

With more than 80 attorneys in two offices-one in Chicago and one in Denver-Bartlit Beck offers a broad litigation practice including general commercial...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
12
13
SCORE
5.996

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

2018 Rank
13
14
SCORE
5.788

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

2018 Rank
14
15
SCORE
5.705

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

2018 Rank
15
16
SCORE
5.618

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm's earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
18
17
SCORE
5.579

Schiff Hardin LLP

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
16
18
SCORE
5.538

Vedder Price

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
17
19
SCORE
5.451

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
20
20
SCORE
5.288

Dentons

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
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21
SCORE
5.278

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

2018 Rank
21
22
SCORE
5.252

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Founded in 1945 by a trio of labor lawyers in Chicago, Seyfarth Shaw has grown to more than 900 lawyers across 14 offices in the U.S., London, Melbourne,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
23
23
SCORE
5.222

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

2018 Rank
19
24
SCORE
5.086

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices and about 700 attorneys with offices in Texas, the Northeast, the Midwest, the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
25
25
SCORE
5.002

Chapman and Cutler LLP

Chicago-based law firm Chapman and Cutler has a sophisticated financial services practice. The firm's clients include the largest U.S. and foreign...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
24
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