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Paul Hastings is a global law firm with practice areas ranging from banking and finance to mergers
and acquisitions. It brings in more than $1.06 billion in revenue. Associates rate it first in associatepartner relations, quality of work and satisfaction. The firm was founded in Los Angeles and is still
more laid back than most large law firms.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &
Fried Frank clients include corporations, financial institutions and investment funds. It has the top
real estate practice in the nation, and associates rave about its top-notch clients. It took the No. 1
spots for career outlook, informal training, mentoring & sponsorship, and transparency. With more
than $504 million in revenue, it brings in more than $1 million per attorney.
O'Melveny & Myers
O'Melveny & Myers is the top-rated firm in California, with five offices in the Golden State. It has
expertise in almost every practice area, but its litigation practice leads the way. The firm is known
for handling big-time cases. It was rated the top Best Law Firm to Work For last year, and this year it
came in first for firm culture and hours. With $689 million in revenue, it is one of the 60 largest firms
in the world.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Orrick is big with tech. Law360 has recognized its tech team as one of four Technology Groups of the
Year for two years running. It also focuses on energy and infrastructure and finance, with an even
split between transactional work and litigation. Its intellectual property team represents many of the
biggest tech brands, and its revenue exceeds $913 million. Associates rate it high for diversity and
Ropes & Gray
This Boston-based firm is one of the largest in the U.S., with $1.39 billion in revenue. It is known
for its corporate work, and it has strong practice areas in M&A, intellectual property, health care, life
sciences and private equity. It ranked first for formal training and also ranked very well for diversity
and informal training.
Proskauer Rose climbed from the No. 15 spot in last year's Best Places to Work For ranking to its
current position. The firm likes to play games. It represents Major League Baseball, the National
Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. It is also a top
firm in corporate law, litigation, tax and labor and employment, which is a cornerstone practice. It
generates $822 million in revenue.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow,
Garrett & Dunner
Finnegan is internationally known for its one and only specialty - intellectual property. So, you bet it
rocks it. It was named a top IP firm by The Legal 500 in 2017, the 10th straight year it earned high
Thompson & Knight
The Dallas-based law firm is known for its energy work. Thompson & Knight was named Law Firm
of the Year in Oil & Gas Law by U.S. News & World Report. It also has strong practices in finance,
taxation and business transactions. Associates rate it high for substantive work and firm culture.
Foley Hoag cracked the top 10 this year after finishing in a tie for 19th last year. Got a family? Apply
to this Boston-based firm. In 2016, it made Yale Law Women's list of top 10 family-friendly firms,
which judges law firms on flex-time options, parental/family leave and other family-related factors.
The firm focuses on business/corporate tax, litigation and intellectual property.
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Sutcliffe, which, according to the workplace
evaluator Vault, is the fourth-best law firm
to work for.
One associate told Vault: "As a lateral
from a well-known N.Y. law firm, I had
become jaded and assumed all 'big' law
firms were the same. I was wrong. Orrick
may be large, but it's a much more humane
and civilized place to practice law. I love it."
If you're a law student who's rocking the
law school world and hoping to land a job
in Big Law, you need to know which firms
to target. This arguably is a golden time for
golden students. After all, law school enrollment is down, meaning a smaller pool of
candidates for the available jobs.
It's one of the reasons compensation
for first-year associates at Big Law firms
climbed last year. New York's storied law
firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore was the
first to bump first-year pay to $180,000
from the previous benchmark of $160,000.
Many prestigious firms followed suit.
Money, no doubt, is cool, considering
how much a law degree can cost. But what
about annual surf trips?
Or, how about freshly brewed coffee, which is a perk at Simpson Thacher
& Bartlett? One associate noted it's also
known for its "delicious cookies," according to Vault. Alas, great cookies were not
enough to place the firm in the top 25.
But Morrison & Foerster, which is headquartered in San Francisco, has season tickets to the A's, Giants, 49ers, Raiders and ...
wait for it ... the Warriors!!! That helped
the firm place 14th in Vault's annual ranking.
Is Big Law evolving? Indeed, does it have
any choice, given how many of the nation's