Top Ranked

Best Law Firms to Work For

Associates assess their own firms on a range of workplace issues related to career development, job satisfaction, and quality of life.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Top 25 Best Firms to Work For, we used a formula that weighs 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

    These rankings are based on perceptions of attorneys who work at each firm--some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firms.

  • Ranking History

2018 Best Law Firms for Hours

1
SCORE
8.962

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

2017 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.823

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

2017 Rank
7
3
SCORE
8.588

Buckley Sandler LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
6
4
SCORE
8.553

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

2017 Rank
3
5
SCORE
8.487

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

2017 Rank
5
6
SCORE
8.426

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Constangy is a national employment law firm that has been serving clients since the 1940s. Founded by Frank Constangy-known to his colleagues as Mr....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
8.411

Ropes & Gray LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
4
8
SCORE
8.343

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

2017 Rank
22
9
SCORE
8.302

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

2017 Rank
2
10
SCORE
8.276

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP got its start representing the airline industry, as well as pipelines, railroads, and foreign companies whose assets had been...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
11
SCORE
8.139

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

2017 Rank
11
12
SCORE
8.109

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
23
13
SCORE
8.107

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Fourteen New York attorneys-including the late Arthur Kramer, brother of playwright Larry Kramer-teamed up to start Kramer Levin in 1968. The city was...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
14
SCORE
8.088

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California power for the past 75 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige and high-stakes...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
8.067

Clifford Chance US LLP

In many ways, the formation of Clifford Chance presaged the future of modern law practice, especially as it is carried out in its native City of London....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
8.051

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

2017 Rank
14
17
SCORE
8.048

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

2017 Rank
13
18
SCORE
8.036

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

2017 Rank
9
19
SCORE
8.035

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has defined itself as the go-to firm for hedge funds, and their ilk. While this practice focus translates into double-digit...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
7.976

McCarter & English LLP

Founded as a small-town, one-lawyer practice in New Jersey over 170 years ago, McCarter & English is now New Jersey's oldest and one of its largest...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
7.926

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world's leading law firms....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
7.915

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin 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

2017 Rank
19
23
SCORE
7.903

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Stroock is multi-disciplinary law firm known for 140 years as an advisor to the financial services and investment communities and for its special focus...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
7.877

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. Founded in 1889 by attorney...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
18
25
SCORE
7.876

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

2017 Rank
NR
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