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Best Law Firms to Work For

Prestige isn't everything. These are the firms associates find the most amenable to a satisfying work experience.

  • Survey Methodology

    Which law firms are the best to work for? For some, this is a far more important consideration than prestige. To determine our Best 25 Firms to Work For, we used a formula that weighed the most relevant categories for an overall quality of life ranking. Each firm's overall score was calculated using the following formula:

    25% satisfaction; 10% firm culture; 10% hours; 10% compensation; 10% substantive work; 5% business outlook; 5% career outlook; 5% associate/partner relations; 5% transparency; 5% formal and informal training; 5% pro bono; 5% overall diversity

    Like our Vault Law 100 rankings, our quality of life rankings are meant to reflect the subjective opinions of associates. These rankings are based on perceptions of insiders-some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firms.

  • Ranking History

2017 Best Law Firms for Transparency

1
SCORE
8.895

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Washington, DC and London, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.640

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

2016 Rank
9
3
SCORE
8.568

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Since 1899, Choate Hall & Stewart has remained a Boston firm through and through. Although smaller in number than their national competitors, Choate...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
8.481

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
5
5
SCORE
8.440

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

2016 Rank
7
6
SCORE
8.391

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

With approximately 450 attorneys, Fried Frank is hardly a behemoth, but the firm remains an international legal power that excels in corporate,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
8.385

Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only three locations--in Massachusetts, DC and...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
4
8
SCORE
8.328

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
3
9
SCORE
8.315

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

2016 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
8.224

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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2016 Rank
2
11
SCORE
8.103

Kaye Scholer LLP

Since its founding in New York in 1917, Kaye Scholer has grown strong practices in life sciences, financial services, technology and real estate to...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
21
12
SCORE
8.064

Alston & Bird LLP

As definitively "Atlanta" as Coca-Cola, TBS, and Bobby Cox, Alston & Bird isn't just a Georgia peach: it has built a nationally-regarded lobbying...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
16
13
SCORE
8.024

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

2016 Rank
6
14
SCORE
8.000

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett is a Northern California law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, and the East Bay....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
7.949

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
18
16
SCORE
7.933

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

2016 Rank
12
17
SCORE
7.880

Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Founded in 1938, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff is one of Cleveland's most notable law firms. Regionally, the firm is strong in corporate...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
7.850

BuckleySandler LLP

Started by former BigLaw partners jumping ship from their respective firms with clients in tow, BuckleySandler has attracted the attention of the legal...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
15
19
SCORE
7.815

Saul Ewing LLP

A regional powerhouse proud of its mastery over the Mid-Atlantic region, Saul Ewing has strong practices in commercial litigation, business and finance,...

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2016 Rank
22
20
SCORE
7.795

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

2016 Rank
19
21
SCORE
7.792

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Founded in 1977, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. is one of the premier labor and employment law firms in the U.S. and Europe. From...

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2016 Rank
24
22
SCORE
7.776

Fox Rothschild LLP

With more than 700 attorneys practicing across 22 offices coast to coast serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn't put all of its...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
7.714

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

A Boston institution since 1933, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo is now a national powerhouse, claiming such blue chippers as Biogen Idec...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
7.674

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie has all the history you could ask for and then some. The firm's clients have ranged from inventors to industrial titans to elite financial...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
17
25
SCORE
7.646

Goodwin

Founded in Boston in 1912, Goodwin is known for its IP litigation, financial services, private equity, real estate capital markets, technology and life...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
20