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2022 Best Law Firms for Media, Entertainment, & Sports
#1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Tops for labor and employment and the go-to firm for media, entertainment, and sports, Proskauer Rose is an all-over legal powerhouse. Pro bono is part of the firm’s lifeblood, as is a strong commitment to diversity. Amiable go-getters will do well in the firm’s supportive, team environment. Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with “sports law”—clients include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association. Although flashy, this reputation shortchanges the firm’s incredibly diversified work, which features top-notch corporate, litigation, tax, private client services, entertainment, and labor and employment practices.

30.64% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#1

Proskauer Rose LLP
#2

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine is a Pacific Northwest powerhouse known for its prowess in media and entertainment law. The firm boasts early career development, demonstrated by the fact that about half of the firm’s practice chairs are in their 30s and 40s. Founded in 1908, Davis Wright Tremaine has worked with small clients as well as those of Fortune 500 stature, with a focus on litigation, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property, and employment law. Today, the firm has more than 500 attorneys across eight domestic offices.

28.32% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#3

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
#3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Long rooted in California, O’Melveny & Myers has branched out in all directions with offices in seven countries on three continents, including newly launched offices in Texas. The firm is known for its work in antitrust, appellate litigation, entertainment law, labor and employment, patent litigation, products liability, project finance, securities litigation, venture capital, and more. The firm works in a range of industries, including banking and financial services, consumer products, energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, health care, hospitality, industrials and manufacturing, life sciences, real estate, sports, technology, and transportation.

24.86% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
#4

Latham & Watkins

You know you’ve made it in the legal industry when you’ve landed a spot at Latham. The firm is a global leader across dozens of practice areas and recruits the best of the best. Those seeking autonomy to shape their practice plus extensive training and support will be pleased at this legal giant. Latham is one of the world’s largest law firms. With more than 3,000 attorneys in 30 offices around the world, Latham practices in all the major jurisdictions in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and regularly represents companies doing business in Latin America and Africa. The firm is a global leader in corporate transactions, environmental law, finance matters, litigations and trials, and tax services.

24.28% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

Latham & Watkins
#5

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Storied California firm Loeb & Loeb’s primary claim to fame is its renowned entertainment and media practice, but if also offers nationally recognized practices in advertising and marketing, technology, trusts and estates, intellectual property, real estate, and nonprofit law. The firm has provided counsel to some of the world’s most recognized names, including Woody Allen and Hal Prince; Carrie Underwood, Marvin Hamlisch and Brett Young; Muhammad Ali; the Getty family; and the estates of several other high-profile celebrities, actors, and musicians. 

20.23% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#4

Loeb & Loeb LLP
#6

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt boasts a fully integrated consulting and legal professional services model that includes attorneys, consultants, technologists, and other professionals who bring legal, strategy, analytics, and execution into one place for the firm’s clients in the health care, digital & technology, entertainment & media, energy & environmental, financial services, and real estate industries. In addition to its diverse practices and consulting experience, Manatt has an affiliated venture capital fund, the Manatt Venture Fund, which holds investments in more than 120 companies.

13.87% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
#7

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

At Greenberg Traurig, attorneys receive cutting-edge work with colleagues they enjoy spending time with. Pro bono is a big emphasis here—the firm gets high marks for its dedication to supporting attorneys in a variety of endeavors. The firm’s lawyers work across practices, serving clients’ needs in financing, IP counseling, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, regulatory issues, tax, trusts and estates, and more. Among the firm’s specialties are sports facilities and entertainment venues, sports law, and video games and esports.

10.41% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
#8

Covington & Burling

Known for its white collar, antitrust, and corporate work—among other things—Covington is a mainstay in the top 20 of the Vault Law 100. The firm attracts intellectuals who lean progressive and thrive on collaboration, hard work, and giving back via pro bono matters. This “brain trust” law firm is known for quietly (and smartly) going about its business—that business being antitrust, litigation, white collar defense & investigations, corporate, IP, export controls, data privacy and cybersecurity, and regulatory work—with particular strengths in the sports, insurance, life science/pharma, energy, tech, and media/entertainment industries.

9.83% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

Covington & Burling
#9

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Frankfurt Kurnit is no stranger to red carpet clients, with decades of experience representing those in the entertainment industry. The firm has counseled some of the world’s top publishers, producers, directors, celebrities, models, writers, and advertising agencies. Frankfurt Kurnit provides legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines worldwide, including entertainment, advertising, intellectual property, technology, litigation, corporate and finance, estate planning, charitable organizations, and professional responsibility.

8.67% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
#10

Gibson Dunn

A litigation powerhouse, appellate all-star, and corporate law force, Gibson Dunn is a V10 firm with an impressive practice and client list. Gibson attracts go-getters who will succeed in the firm’s free-market system and mesh with the professional, amiable culture. With more than 1,400 attorneys across 10 countries, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is a force. Among the top firms in the country, Gibson Dunn is well known for its litigation and trial work—especially its bustling Appellate Litigation and Securities Litigation practices—as well as its top-notch antitrust, M&A, private equity, and real estate work, among others.

8.09% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#8

Gibson Dunn
#10

Skadden

From M&A to Tax, Skadden is a legal powerhouse and mainstay among the most prestigious firms in Vault’s Top 100 ranking. Skadden lawyers are a social bunch who value teamwork and mentorship, while also diving headfirst into complex matters. Skadden is one of the most profitable and well-known law firms in the world. It was the first law firm to report $1 billion in annual revenue—now an industry brass ring. While the firm may be best known for its M&A prowess, it is an all-star across practice areas, boasting an army of about 1,700 lawyers around the globe.

8.09% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#10

Skadden
#12

Ballard Spahr

With deep roots in Philly, Ballard Spahr has made its mark across the U.S. with 15 offices. The firm has a particularly robust litigation practice and has been lauded for its focus on innovation. The firm advises some of the nation’s biggest market players in media law, securities and antitrust class actions, patent infringement cases, white collar defense matters, and federal and state appeals. The firm attracts friendly, outgoing types who are supportive of their colleagues and enjoy socializing.

6.94% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#15

Ballard Spahr
#13

Irell & Manella LLP

Irell & Manella associates are lucky to work with friendly colleagues and partners who provide great mentorship and training. They also appreciate that they are given early responsibility and experience—and they are well compensated for it. A Southern California powerhouse for 80 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes cases, serving clients worldwide from just three locations in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Washington, DC.

5.20% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#10

Irell & Manella LLP
#13

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Vocal on civil rights and social justice, Paul Weiss attracts progressive types who value the firm’s high-profile pro bono work and its internal dedication to diversity and inclusion. The firm is a litigation all-star and also boasts a stand-out corporate practice. The firm is also known for its expertise in telecom and entertainment law. Today, the firm is active in racial justice efforts and assistance for those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in immigrant rights, reproductive rights, and voter protection efforts.

5.20% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
#13

Sidley Austin LLP

With an impressive global footprint and a roster of top-notch clients, Sidley is the cream of the crop when it comes to law firms. Come for the sophisticated work, and stay for the polite, amiable Midwestern vibe—as well as a sincere commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Sidley is a global powerhouse, with approximately 2,000 lawyers across 20 offices. The firm boasts a long list of marquee clients in a range of industries, including banking, energy, health care, insurance, life sciences, and technology. The firm’s work in complex transactional and litigation matters is bolstered by exceptional regulatory experience, and the firm features many former officials from governmental agencies in Europe, the U.S., and China.

5.20% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#15

Sidley Austin LLP