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Vault Law 100

The 2016 Vault Law 100 is here! This year, over 17,000 law associates rated law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. (Associates were not allowed to rate their own firms, and were asked only to rate firms with which they were familiar.)

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Top Ranked

2016 Rank 2015 Rank Change Company Score Location
1 1 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 8.951 New York, NY
2 2 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 8.920 New York, NY
3 3 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates 8.512 New York, NY
4 4 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 8.390 New York, NY
5 5 Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 8.227 New York, NY
6 6 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 7.927 New York, NY
7 9 Kirkland & Ellis LLP 7.680 Chicago, IL
8 7 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 7.678 New York, NY
9 8 Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 7.658 New York, NY
10 10 Latham & Watkins LLP 7.655 New York, NY
11 11 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 7.627 Los Angeles, CA
12 13 Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP 7.454 New York, NY
13 12 Covington & Burling LLP 7.400 Washington, DC
14 14 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 7.393 New York, NY
15 15 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 7.346 Los Angeles, CA
16 16 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 7.250 New York, NY
17 17 Sidley Austin LLP 7.223 Chicago, IL
18 18 Williams & Connolly LLP 7.162 Washington, DC
19 19 Jones Day 7.123 Washington, DC
20 20 White & Case LLP 6.869 New York, NY
21 21 WilmerHale 6.854 Washington, DC
22 23 Morrison & Foerster LLP 6.808 San Francisco, CA
23 22 Ropes & Gray LLP 6.801 Boston, MA
24 26 Paul Hastings LLP 6.563 New York, NY
25 24 Arnold & Porter LLP 6.514 Washington, DC
26 25 O'Melveny & Myers LLP 6.506 Los Angeles, CA
27 27 Clifford Chance US LLP 6.338 New York, NY
28 31 Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 6.259 Los Angeles, CA
29 29 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 6.174 Washington, DC
30 28 Shearman & Sterling LLP 6.170 New York, NY
31 34 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 6.156 New York, NY
32 30 Baker & McKenzie 6.140 Chicago, IL
33 35 Hogan Lovells US LLP 6.138 Washington, DC
34 33 Mayer Brown LLP 6.137 Chicago, IL
35 38 Goodwin Procter LLP 6.125 Boston, MA
36 32 Proskauer Rose LLP 6.095 New York, NY
37 36 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 6.027 New York, NY
38 45 Cooley LLP 5.977 Palo Alto, CA
39 41 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 5.969 New York, NY
40 37 Linklaters LLP (US) 5.959 New York, NY
41 40 Allen & Overy LLP 5.935 New York, NY
42 42 DLA Piper 5.901 New York, NY
43 39 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 5.899 New York, NY
44 50 Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP 5.875 Philadelphia, PA
45 43 Baker Botts LLP 5.854 Houston, TX
46 47 Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP 5.848 New York, NY
47 44 K&L Gates LLP 5.828 Pittsburgh, PA
48 48 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 5.825 New York, NY
49 49 Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 5.763 New York, NY
50 49 King & Spalding 5.731 Atlanta, GA
51 51 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 5.688 Palo Alto, CA
52 46 Irell & Manella LLP 5.665 Los Angeles, CA
53 49 Winston & Strawn LLP 5.641 Chicago, IL
54 53 Jenner & Block LLP 5.627 Chicago, IL
55 52 Dechert LLP 5.610 New York, NY
56 57 Greenberg Traurig, LLP 5.555 New York, NY
57 55 McDermott Will & Emery LLP 5.483 Chicago, IL
58 56 Alston & Bird LLP 5.466 Atlanta, GA
59 59 Perkins Coie LLP 5.463 Seattle, WA
60 60 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 5.439 New York, NY
61 58 Vinson & Elkins LLP 5.438 Houston, TX
62 62 Reed Smith LLP 5.292 Pittsburgh, PA
63 61 Holland & Knight LLP 5.276 Miami, FL
64 63 Baker & Hostetler LLP 5.201 Cleveland, OH
65 65 Crowell & Moring LLP 5.159 Washington, DC
66 64 Fish & Richardson P.C. 5.132 Boston, MA
67 66 Nixon Peabody LLP 5.095 Boston, MA
68 67 Foley & Lardner LLP 4.950 Milwaukee, WI
69 68 Kaye Scholer LLP 4.923 New York, NY
70 69 Steptoe & Johnson LLP 4.874 Washington, DC
71 70 Bryan Cave LLP 4.852 Saint Louis, MO
72 87 Norton Rose Fulbright 4.721 Houston, TX
73 72 Chadbourne & Parke LLP 4.711 New York, NY
74 73 Hunton & Williams LLP 4.710 Washington, DC
75 81 Fenwick & West LLP 4.705 Mountain View, CA
76 77 Venable LLP 4.689 Washington, DC
77 75 McGuireWoods LLP 4.670 Richmond, VA
78 74 Arent Fox LLP 4.669 Washington, DC
79 76 Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP 4.632 New York, NY
80 89 Dentons 4.627 New York, NY
81 83 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP 4.598 Los Angeles, CA
82 71 Squire Patton Boggs LLP 4.574 Washington, DC
83 79 Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 4.550 New York, NY
84 78 Bracewell & Giuliani LLP 4.537 Houston, TX
85 80 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 4.522 Chicago, IL
86 82 Seyfarth Shaw LLP 4.446 Chicago, IL
87 84 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 4.390 New York, NY
88 86 Locke Lord LLP 4.350 Dallas, TX
89 88 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. 4.336 Boston, MA
90 97 Pepper Hamilton LLP 4.313 Philadelphia, PA
91 96 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP 4.305 Los Angeles, CA
92 93 Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP 4.282 Philadelphia, PA
93 92 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 4.262 Washington, DC
94 91 Duane Morris LLP 4.248 Philadelphia, PA
95 100 Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 4.247 New York, NY
96 99 Haynes and Boone, LLP 4.246 Dallas, TX
97 94 Dorsey & Whitney LLP 4.230 Minneapolis, MN
98 85 Blank Rome LLP 4.189 Philadelphia, PA
99 NR Troutman Sanders LLP 4.179 Atlanta, GA
100 NR Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 4.173 Atlanta, GA
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