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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 percent satisfaction * 10 percent hours * 10 percent compensation * 5 percent associate/partner relations * 5 transparency * 5 percent formal training * 5 percent informal training and mentoring *5 percent pro bono * 5 percent diversity (overall) * 10 percent business outlook * 5 percent career outlook * 10 percent substantive work

    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

2016 Best Law Firms for Transparency

1
SCORE
8.959

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

2015 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.757

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

2015 Rank
11
3
SCORE
8.440

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

2015 Rank
6
4
SCORE
8.434

Foley Hoag LLP

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

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2015 Rank
2
5
SCORE
8.380

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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2015 Rank
4
6
SCORE
8.333

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm's earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
9
7
SCORE
8.295

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

With expertise in a variety of practices, including corporate, litigation, employment, IP, antitrust and finance, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton...

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2015 Rank
7
8
SCORE
8.245

Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin is a mid-size firm with a national practice. Its 300+ lawyers practice in the firm's headquarters in Chicago and in seven other offices...

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2015 Rank
3
9
SCORE
8.064

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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2015 Rank
22
10
SCORE
8.036

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

With a reputation for capital markets prowess and First Amendment excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective-and...

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2015 Rank
23
11
SCORE
7.859

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

2015 Rank
NR
12
SCORE
7.836

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
10
13
SCORE
7.823

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

2015 Rank
12
14
SCORE
7.790

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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2015 Rank
19
15
SCORE
7.771

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...

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2015 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
7.768

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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2015 Rank
5
17
SCORE
7.702

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie has all the history you could ask for and then some. The firm's clients have ranged from inventors to industrial titans to elite financial...

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2015 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
7.658

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...

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2015 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
7.611

WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent...

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2015 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
7.609

Goodwin Procter LLP

Founded in Boston in 1912, Goodwin Procter is known for its IP litigation, financial services, private equity, real estate capital markets, technology...

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2015 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
7.533

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...

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2015 Rank
14
22
SCORE
7.520

Saul Ewing LLP

A regional powerhouse proud of its mastery over the Mid-Atlantic region, Saul Ewing has strong practices in commercial litigation, business and finance,...

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2015 Rank
25
23
SCORE
7.484

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

2015 Rank
16
24
SCORE
7.437

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Founded in 1977, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. is one of the premier labor and employment law firms in the U.S. and Europe. From...

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2015 Rank
13
25
SCORE
7.429

Holland & Hart LLP

Starting as a two-man outfit in 1947, Holland & Hart has become one of the largest firms in the Rocky Mountain West. Among its most notable practices...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
15