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2022 Best Litigation Boutique Law Firms
#1

Susman Godfrey

It doesn’t get better for litigators than Susman Godfrey. Junior associates are given immediate responsibility and are treated like future partners. And despite long hours, the firm is very social, and firm-hosted retreats are a notable favorite. Since its founding in 1980, Susman Godfrey has established itself as the nation’s premiere litigation firm. Susman Godfrey has more than 130 partners and associates across four offices—its original Houston location as well as offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. The firm handles huge cases across the country for both plaintiffs and defendants.  

47.89% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#1

Susman Godfrey
#2

Kellogg Hansen

Kellogg Hansen offers those with clerkship experience a place to quickly sharpen their litigation skills. Associates work on small teams, which means direct interaction with partners and the opportunity to dive into challenging work from day one. A relatively young firm, Kellogg Hansen was formed in 1993 when three BigLaw partners jumped ship to form their own small firm focused on trial and appellate litigation. Since then, the firm has grown to house more than 90 attorneys, all trial and appellate specialists. Nearly every partner and associate served as a law clerk for a federal judge and more than a dozen clerked for Justices of the United States Supreme Court.

25.83% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#2

Kellogg Hansen
#3

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Keker, Van Nest & Peters is a midsize firm rooted in California. The firm's lawyers are skilled in everything from intellectual property disputes to white collar criminal defense to commercial litigation, but the firm is best known for its litigation and IP prowess. It is among the Top 5 firms in Vault’s Litigation Boutique Law Firm and Intellectual Boutique Law Firm rankings. The firm has also been recognized as a firm that committed to supporting a diverse workplace.

19.05% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#3

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
#4

Bartlit Beck LLP

Bartlit Beck proudly labels itself as “a firm of trial lawyers, not litigators.” With more than 80 attorneys in two offices—one in Chicago and one in Denver—Bartlit Beck is best known for handling high-stakes litigation of all kinds and is often hired to “save the day” just before trial begins. It’s no wonder, considering the firm’s strong lineup—the majority of Bartlit Beck lawyers have completed a federal clerkship, and 15 percent have clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court.

14.07% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#4

Bartlit Beck LLP
#5

Kobre & Kim LLP

A global litigation firm founded in 2003 by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, Kobre & Kim is now home to more than 120 attorneys worldwide. It is a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. Uniquely, the firm generally avoids repeat client relationships—and the associated conflicts of interest—and thus is often engaged by other law firms to act as special litigation counsel to handle trial work in complex disputes.

11.06% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

Kobre & Kim LLP
#6

Selendy & Gay PLLC

Formed by a group of ex-Quinn Emmanuel partners, Selendy and Gay was destined to become a powerhouse litigation shop before it even opened its doors. Just north of 40 attorneys, each with an impressive resume, Selendy & Gay lives up to expectations with its navigation of complex, bet-the-company matters. Among the firm’s practices are antitrust, appellate litigation, bankruptcy, complex commercial litigation, insurance, private equity, products liability, securities, and white collar.

10.71% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Selendy & Gay PLLC
#7

Hueston Hennigan LLP

With more than 75 lawyers in Southern California, Hueston Hennigan is a litigation boutique that has made a name for itself as one of the go-to trial firms in the country. The firm prides itself in handling high-stakes litigation with an eye toward trial from the start. Its litigators work across nearly 20 practice areas, including antitrust, appellate, commercial litigation, consumer fraud, class actions, health care, securities, trade secrets, and white collar, to name a handful.

9.09% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#8

Hueston Hennigan LLP
#8

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Kaplan, Hecker & Fink is a litigation boutique based out of the Big Apple. With around 50 lawyers, the firm is known for its white collar strength, as well as its commitment to public interest litigation. One of the firm’s first matters involved the violence stemming from a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, in 2017. The firm has also assisted in setting up the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, among other things.

9.03% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
#9

MoloLamken LLP

In just over a decade of existence and with fewer than 40 attorneys, MoloLamken has quickly made a name for itself among the heavy hitters of boutique litigation shops. With offices in three of the country’s major metropolises—New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC—MoloLamken’s attorneys focus on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and intellectual property. MoloLamken only hires laterally, putting a premium on experience when it comes to handling the high-stakes, complicated cases the firm takes on.

8.74% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#7

MoloLamken LLP
#10

McKool Smith

McKool Smith is a trial firm with a reputation for victory in the courtroom in “bet-the-company” cases and beyond. With seven offices coast-to-coast, the firm’s experienced trial attorneys represent both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial cases, intellectual property disputes, bankruptcy litigation, and white collar defense. McKool Smith takes diversity seriously, and since January 2020 has retained Coston Consulting, a Black-owned business advisory firm, to help further develop and implement diversity initiatives.

7.93% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

McKool Smith
#11

Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello PC

A leading litigation boutique, Morvillo Abramowitz has extensive trial experience and an impressive client list (the likes of Martha Stewart, Woody Allen, well-known executives, and individuals involved in #MeToo litigation). Hailing from NYC, the firm specializes in white collar defense, securities enforcement, and government investigations as well as complex civil litigation.

6.25% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#10

Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello PC
#12

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

Based in the nation's capital, Zuckerman Spaeder is a litigation boutique focused primarily on civil litigation, regulatory matters, and white collar defense and investigations. The firm’s attorneys are known for navigating high-stakes disputes and coming to the aid of high-profile officials in hot water. Beyond its client work, the firm also runs the blog Suits by Suits—covering employment disputes related to companies and their executives.

5.62% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#11

#13

Wilkinson Stekloff

Wilkinson Stekloff is a boutique litigation firm established in 2016 with offices in three key cities—Washington, DC; New York City; and Los Angeles. Small but mighty, the firm focuses on winning high-stakes trials while also actively encouraging its attorneys to take on bono matters. Wilkinson Stekloff also eschews the traditional billable model, both in client fee arrangements and for the attorneys at the firm, a move appreciated by all parties.

4.17% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

Wilkinson Stekloff
#14

Durie Tangri LLP

Since opening its doors, Durie Tangri has had a hand in a number IP cases establishing new precedent and other high-profile cases beyond the IP world. At just under 40 lawyers, it represents some big names, including Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yelp, Fitbit, Zynga, Netflix, Microsoft, and Facebook. Durie Tangri is not only a top IP and litigation boutique, it’s also a firm where associates report a high satisfaction. They give the firm high marks in such discrete areas as associate/partner relations, technology, culture, training, and more.

4.05% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

Durie Tangri LLP
#15

Beck Redden LLP

Beck Redden attorneys do not fear trial—in fact, they thrive in the courtroom. With more than 40 attorneys operating out of the firm’s office in Houston, Beck Redden has established itself as a Texas powerhouse and often appears in the top tier in national rankings. Some of Beck Redden’s most high-profile clients have included ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, and Dynegy, and the firm is known for its work in the Deepwater Horizon litigation.

3.82% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#16

Beck Redden LLP
#15

Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

DC-based Goldstein & Russell, P.C. is a small firm of just 8 lawyers, focused on matters before the Supreme Court and appellate litigation. Though the firm is small, it carries a big punch, with lawyers boasting prior experience at the DOJ, BigLaw, and SCOTUS clerkships. The firm’s experience runs the gamut, from constitutional law and patents to energy regulation and employment—plus much more. The firm also counsels clients on the plausibility of pursuing  a petition for certiorari. 

3.82% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
#17

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Robbins Geller knows its way around the courtroom, with experience ranging from antitrust and appellate to ERISA and securities—and more. The firm is best known for its securities litigation work, especially with regarding to corporate securities fraud and securities class actions. And the firm goes beyond legal work when it comes to serving its institutional investor client base. It developed a unique Portfolio Monitoring Program to ensure the safety of its clients’ funds, at no extra cost to clients.

3.59% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#13

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
#18

Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner LLP

Founded in 2001, Robbins Russell is a litigation boutique that concentrates on civil and criminal trial litigation, Supreme Court and appellate litigation, government investigations and enforcement proceedings, and antitrust counseling and litigation. The firm has earned widespread recognition for its work, and clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, defense contractors, technology companies, major accounting firms and individual business executives and government officials.

3.42% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#17

Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner LLP
#19

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Cohen Milstein is one of the most feared plaintiffs-side litigation firms in the country, representing individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that raise challenging, significant, and often novel issues. The DC-based firm has more than 90 attorneys operting out of seven offices accross the country who specialize in winning David-vs-Goliath battles against giant corporations with significantly more resources than those they have wronged.

3.19% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
#20

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Since its founding in 1986, Friedman Kaplan has grown to be one of the preeminent boutiques in the Big Apple. Nearly 50 attorneys in New York and New Jersey practice in corporate, white collar, and--the firm's specialty--litigation, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm's representations are varied. The firm's attorneys represented Wells Fargo and Wachovia in a multibillion dollar dispute with Citigroup and won a $1.3 billion dollar settlement on behalf of two hedge funds against the Republic of Argentina to recover on defaulted bonds. Chuck Blazer, the founder of organized American soccer, called on Friedman Kaplan for representation in investigations into bribery related to the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bids.

3.01% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
#21

YetterColeman LLP

Formidable Texan litigation boutique firm Yetter Coleman is adept at achieving complete reversals, no-payment judgments and hefty settlements on million-dollar claims. Its selective hiring practices ensure that its league of just under 40 lawyers is comprised of nothing but the best trial and appellate talent. The firm is especially noted for its expertise in contracts, business torts, appellate litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, securities, and energy. Yetter Coleman’s clients have included American Airlines, Chevron, IBM, and General Electric.

2.95% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#20

YetterColeman LLP
#22

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

Based in Houston, TX and home to over 50 lawyers, AZA is a boutique litigation firm that prides itself on being “Talented, Tough and Courtroom-Tested.” Attorneys participate in substantive trial work from the start of their time with AZA, contributing to the firm’s strength in the courtroom. The firm takes clients of all sizes, from multinational companies to individuals, and is known for its skill in both commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, among other practice areas.

2.90% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
#23

Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP

Bondurant Mixson & Elmore is prepared to go to trial for its clients, who range from Fortune 50 corporations to individuals. This small boutique is laser-focused on business litigation and is willing to represent clients on either side of a dispute—plaintiff or defendant. The firm remains local to Atlanta and operates with a lean team of around 30 attorneys. The firm only hires from top law schools, and a judicial clerkship certainly won’t hurt.

2.72% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
#24

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Founded in 1983, Bernstein Litowitz handles class and private actions relating to complex commercial litigation for corporate, institutional, and private clients. Bernstein Litowitz has recovered more than $30 billion on behalf of its clients since its founding in 1983 and has obtained the 6 of the largest 12 securities recoveries in history. One of the firm’s biggest recent recoveries was in 2016 when it obtained a $1.06 billion settlement with pharma giant Merck & Co, Inc.

2.66% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
#25

Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.

Bird Marella was established in Los Angeles in 1981 by two former Assistant United States Attorneys. Home to a team of trial lawyers, the firm’s bench includes former Assistant United States Attorneys and law clerks. The firm’s lawyers work across more than a dozen practice areas, often handling high-stakes disputes. In addition, the firm has become a “go-to” for international, regional, and boutique law firms and individual lawyers needing advice and representation in matters concerning their legal practice.

2.61% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#21

Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.