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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

2014 Rank 2013 Rank Change Company Score Location
1 NR Williams & Connolly LLP 9.032 Washington, DC
2 NR Paul Hastings LLP 8.985 New York, NY
3 NR Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 8.883 Atlanta, GA
4 NR Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 8.878 New York, NY
5 NR Fish & Richardson P.C. 8.876 Boston, MA
6 NR Ropes & Gray LLP 8.824 Boston, MA
7 NR Foley Hoag LLP 8.750 Boston, MA
8 NR Irell & Manella LLP 8.714 Los Angeles, CA
9 NR Littler Mendelson P.C. 8.698 San Francisco, CA
10 NR Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 8.674 Los Angeles, CA
11 NR Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 8.664 Los Angeles, CA
12 NR Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 8.624 New York, NY
13 NR McGuireWoods LLP 8.610 Richmond, VA
13 NR Schiff Hardin LLP 8.610 Chicago, IL
14 NR Carlton Fields Jorden Burt 8.588 Tampa, FL
15 NR Holland & Hart LLP 8.585 Denver, CO
16 NR Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 8.572 New York, NY
17 NR Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 8.564 Washington, DC
18 NR Cooley LLP 8.558 Palo Alto, CA
19 NR Squire Patton Boggs LLP 8.548 Washington, DC
20 NR Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 8.542 Los Angeles, CA
21 NR Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC 8.529 Memphis, TN
22 NR Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP 8.519 Boston, MA
23 NR Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP 8.500 Los Angeles, CA
24 NR Akerman LLP 8.492 Miami, FL
25 NR Alston & Bird LLP 8.488 Atlanta, GA

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