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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 Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship

1
SCORE
8.970

Thompson & Knight LLP

Alive and kicking since the late nineteenth century, Dallas-based Thompson & Knight has evolved from a Texas oil and gas law firm into an...

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2016 Rank
NR
2
SCORE
8.948

Ropes & Gray LLP

Founded in 1865, Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming...

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2016 Rank
2
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3
SCORE
8.847

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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2016 Rank
4
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4
SCORE
8.755

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,...

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2016 Rank
NR
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5
SCORE
8.679

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
1
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6
SCORE
8.537

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) started as a tax firm in Atlanta and Washington, DC has grown to include offices in New York, Houston, Austin, and...

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2016 Rank
3
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7
SCORE
8.515

Quarles & Brady LLP

Quarles & Brady has successfully combined its Midwestern roots with multi-region power through thriving health law and intellectual property...

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2016 Rank
6
8
SCORE
8.482

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick is focused on serving three sectors: tech, energy & infrastructure, and finance. The firm's practices are evenly split between...

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2016 Rank
NR
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9
SCORE
8.431

Foley Hoag LLP

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

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2016 Rank
9
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10
SCORE
8.420

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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

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2016 Rank
7
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11
SCORE
8.375

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Kansas City-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. The firm is...

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2016 Rank
16
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12
SCORE
8.354

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
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13
SCORE
8.337

Kaye Scholer LLP

Editor's note:  In January 2017 Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer merged to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The information herein...

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2016 Rank
NR
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14
SCORE
8.317

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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2016 Rank
NR
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15
SCORE
8.245

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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2016 Rank
19
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16
SCORE
8.218

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Snell & Wilmer is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine offices throughout the western United States and Mexico....

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2016 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
8.164

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

The current composition of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP prompts one of the great existential questions of 21st-century law:...

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2016 Rank
17
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18
SCORE
8.162

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...

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2016 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
8.135

Carlton Fields

In January 2014, the law firms of Carlton Fields, PA and Jorden Burt, LLP merged to form Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, which now boasts more than 375...

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2016 Rank
5
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20
SCORE
8.133

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...

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2016 Rank
NR
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21
SCORE
8.132

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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2016 Rank
10
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22
SCORE
8.091

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. Although flashy, this...

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2016 Rank
15
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23
SCORE
8.076

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...

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2016 Rank
16
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24
SCORE
8.053

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

Although Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is a Silicon Valley firm at heart, it has already outgrown its status as a premier...

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2016 Rank
22
25
SCORE
8.038

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From its roots in Dallas-area corporate securities law, Haynes and Boone has expanded to a dozen offices across the U.S. and abroad. Although much of its...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
13
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