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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 Hours

1
SCORE
8.701

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
1
2
SCORE
8.621

Seward & Kissel LLP

Founded in 1890, Seward & Kissel has grown into a major player in the financial world, serving clients ranging from investment funds to big banks....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
3
SCORE
8.530

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
20
4
SCORE
8.462

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
5
SCORE
8.439

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
6
SCORE
8.366

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
3
7
SCORE
8.264

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
2
8
SCORE
8.192

Adams and Reese LLP

Established in 1951, esteemed Southern law firm Adams and Reese follows its "Out in Front" motto. With specialties in litigation, corporate and special...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
8.158

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

With around 200 attorneys working out of its single outpost in Manhattan, Patterson Belknap may seem like a modest operation relative to New York's...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
13
10
SCORE
8.154

Gibbons P.C.

One of New Jersey's largest firms, the growing Gibbons has made it to National Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List" and continues to position itself as a...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
22
11
SCORE
8.096

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,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
4
12
SCORE
8.077

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
13
SCORE
8.064

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
18
14
SCORE
8.061

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
8.052

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
25
16
SCORE
7.973

Williams & Connolly LLP

Relatively tiny Williams & Connolly has resisted globalization and continues to hold its own against firms ten times its size by following a basic...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
7
17
SCORE
7.967

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
9
18
SCORE
7.966

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 also...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
7.949

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
NR
20
SCORE
7.894

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a long legacy in the United States that spans more than nine decades of practice in dispute resolution and litigation,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
7.861

Hunton & Williams LLP

After remaining regional through most of the 20th century, Hunton & Williams ventured beyond the mid-Atlantic in a major way as the new millennium...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
23
22
SCORE
7.853

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....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
11
23
SCORE
7.849

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
16
24
SCORE
7.825

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
NR
25
SCORE
7.818

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR

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