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Best Law Firms for Substantive Work

Associates were asked to rate their firm on a 1-to-10 scale for each of several quality of life categories. The firm's score in each quality of life category is simply the average of the scores its associates gave in that area. It is important to note that those firms without a high enough aggregate of associates completing the survey were ineligible to appear in these rankings.

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Top Ranked

2016 Rank 2015 Rank Change Company Score Location
1 NR Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP 9.200 Redwood City, CA
2 3 Paul Hastings LLP 9.113 New York, NY
3 22 O'Melveny & Myers LLP 8.972 Los Angeles, CA
4 8 Ropes & Gray LLP 8.959 Boston, MA
5 1 Williams & Connolly LLP 8.943 Washington, DC
6 2 Fish & Richardson P.C. 8.927 Boston, MA
7 NR Irell & Manella LLP 8.889 Los Angeles, CA
8 NR Steptoe & Johnson LLP 8.885 Washington, DC
9 20 Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC 8.867 Memphis, TN
10 NR Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 8.835 Washington, DC
11 10 Barnes & Thornburg LLP 8.739 Indianapolis, IN
12 6 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 8.734 Atlanta, GA
13 25 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 8.711 New York, NY
14 4 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 8.701 New York, NY
15 18 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP 8.697 Los Angeles, CA
16 12 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 8.692 Washington, DC
17 NR Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP 8.680 Washington, DC
18 NR WilmerHale 8.677 Washington, DC
19 NR Carlton Fields Jorden Burt 8.661 Tampa, FL
20 NR Quarles & Brady LLP 8.655 Milwaukee, WI
21 NR Baker Botts LLP 8.627 Houston, TX
22 9 Cooley LLP 8.624 Palo Alto, CA
23 NR Seward & Kissel LLP 8.606 New York, NY
24 NR Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 8.605 Los Angeles, CA
25 19 Schiff Hardin LLP 8.602 Chicago, IL

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