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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, New York City, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, Texas and Washington, DC.

  • Ranking History

2016 Best Law Firms in Southern California

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SCORE
8.62

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...

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2015 Rank
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2
SCORE
8.55

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...

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2015 Rank
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3
SCORE
8.23

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

One of SoCal's elites, Munger, Tolles & Olson has resisted the temptation to expand beyond the Golden State. The firm is similarly consistent in its...

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2015 Rank
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4
SCORE
8.02

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...

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2015 Rank
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5
SCORE
8.00

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant among Mortals Kind of like Oprah or Prince, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously...

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2015 Rank
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6
SCORE
7.99

Irell & Manella LLP

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

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2015 Rank
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7
SCORE
7.89

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...

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2015 Rank
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8
SCORE
7.44

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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2015 Rank
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9
SCORE
7.41

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...

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2015 Rank
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10
SCORE
7.26

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicagoans are (famously and resolutely) loyal to their own, so within its hometown, Kirkland & Ellis ranks tops for prestige-but the firm's...

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2015 Rank
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11
SCORE
7.05

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...

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2015 Rank
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12
SCORE
6.78

Sidley Austin LLP

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

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2015 Rank
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13
SCORE
6.44

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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

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2015 Rank
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14
SCORE
6.34

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...

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2015 Rank
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15
SCORE
6.02

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...

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2015 Rank
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16
SCORE
5.88

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...

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2015 Rank
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17
SCORE
5.79

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....

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2015 Rank
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18
SCORE
5.73

DLA Piper

With approximately 4,200 lawyers in 88 offices around the globe, DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms-as in sheer size-in the world. Hunting and...

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2015 Rank
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19
SCORE
5.70

White & Case LLP

Founded 114 years ago, White & Case has grown from its New York beginnings to become a truly global law firm with a longstanding presence in the...

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2015 Rank
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20
SCORE
5.65

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains Capitol Hill connections that pay dividends. Long a force in national politics (and even longer a...

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2015 Rank
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21
SCORE
5.59

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is a leading international law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Serving a majority of the...

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2015 Rank
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22
SCORE
5.58

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...

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2015 Rank
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23
SCORE
5.57

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,...

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2015 Rank
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24
SCORE
5.44

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build an international network of lawyers reaching from Boston to Beijing and San Francisco...

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2015 Rank
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25
SCORE
5.42

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Wall Street institution Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is one of the nation's leading firms for corporate restructuring, outsourcing and project...

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2015 Rank
22