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2023 Best Law Firms for Privacy & Data Security
#1

Cooley

The go-to firm for startups and early-stage companies, Cooley is ideal for those seeking cutting-edge work with innovative clients. The firm is also known for its work with life science and technology companies. Cooley has a highly social culture in 17 worldwide offices that will no doubt appeal to affable personalities, and boasts a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

32.36% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#1

Cooley
#2

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie cultivates collegiality through holistic hiring, social retreats, affinity groups, wellness programs, and more. Whether they hope to make partner or move in-house, associates here are in a good position. Providing legal services to some of the world’s most innovative companies, Perkins Coie attorneys take pride in performing substantive, meaningful work. While its history is rooted in aerospace and transportation, Perkins Coie has stretched its services far and wide across its domestic and international offices.

24.92% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#3

Perkins Coie LLP
#3

Hogan Lovells

Truly a megafirm, Hogan Lovells is home to close to 3,000 lawyers working across more than 50 offices. The firm is particularly well known for its privacy work as well as its high-profile pro bono matters. Lawyers who are down to earth and have a strong desire to give back through pro bono will fit well.

21.04% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#2

Hogan Lovells
#4

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Exemplary work is standard at MoFo, but as its nickname suggests, the firm—and its lawyers—don’t take themselves too seriously. MoFo, including 17 global offices and more than 1,000 attorneys, excels in many practice areas, including IP and privacy, and is a stand-out in the pro bono area, assisting in a wide range of matters. Diversity and related initiatives are key at MoFo as well, as DEI activities can count toward work hours.

18.45% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#4

Morrison & Foerster LLP
#5

Orrick

Innovation is the name of the game at Orrick—from the energy and tech clients the firm counsels, to its impactful wellbeing initiatives, to its modern technology tools. Associates who are down to earth, collaborative, and forward thinking will fit right in at this progressive firm. With offices in over 25 markets across the United States, Europe, and Asia, Orrick is a legal powerhouse with a dedication to pro bono, diversity, and competitive compensation.

16.18% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#9

Orrick
#6

DLA Piper

Get your passport ready—DLA Piper has more than 90 offices around the world and is home to more than 4,000 lawyers. These lawyers work across 13 major practices, and the firm is lauded for its Data Protection, Privacy, and Security. Collaboration and professionalism are key to this firm’s collegial culture. Associates enjoy strong relationships with partners and benefit from an extensive team dedicated to pro bono work.

15.53% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#5

DLA Piper
#7

Wilson Sonsini

A leader in venture capital work and top ranked for intellectual property, Wilson Sonsini is a go-to firm for tech industry clients. Lawyers at the firm have an entrepreneurial mindset and strike the right balance between hard work and affability. With its history deeply rooted in the evolution of Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini values innovation and improvement and is the leading provider of legal services to technology and life sciences clients.

12.95% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#6

Wilson Sonsini
#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.

12.30% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#7

Covington & Burling
#9

ZwillGen PLLC

A leading firm on Internet law, boutique firm ZwillGen has investigated, litigated, and counseled clients on everything from cybercrime and privacy/data security to online marketing and internet gambling—and more. The firm has a laid-back atmosphere where jeans are common and hierarchy is nonexistent, and its lawyers have investigated, litigated, and counseled clients on a wide range of issues including cybercrime, privacy and data security, online marketing, internet gambling, and more.

9.71% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#8

ZwillGen PLLC
#10

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Though Hunton Andrews Kurth did not take on its current form until 2018, after a major merger, the foundation of the firm was laid well before—in 1901, to be exact. From this single office in Richmond, Virginia, the firm has blossomed into a legal giant with 21 offices and over 900 attorneys. It is known for its strength in the energy, financial services, real estate, and retail and consumer products industries.

8.74% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#10

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
#10

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, with over 3,000 lawyers in 15 countries, and recruits the best of the best. This globalization allows Latham to service clients with the finest legal resources, regardless of location. Those seeking autonomy to shape their practice plus extensive training and support will be pleased with their opportunities at this legal giant.

8.74% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#12

Latham & Watkins
#12

BakerHostetler

BakerHostetler’s culture reflects its Midwest roots—professional, yet warm and welcoming. Associates are also treated to strong mentorship and transparent leadership. The cutting-edge “IncuBaker” team is one sign of the firm’s commitment to innovation, especially in helping clients navigate the intersection of digital business, emerging technologies, and the law.

7.77% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#13

BakerHostetler
#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.

7.12% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#13

Sidley Austin LLP
#14

Baker McKenzie

As one of the world’s largest law firms, with 69 international offices and over 6,000 lawyers, Baker McKenzie is known for its cross-border work. The firm often recruits candidates with global experience—or at least a genuine interest in international matters. The firm’s social environment makes it a good fit for those who value teamwork and camaraderie.

6.15% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#10

Baker McKenzie
#15

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

One of the New York elites, Debevoise is a leader in the private equity and M&A spaces and is also a go-to firm for white collar matters. The firm has a reputation of being intellectual and respectful and provides ample support to its associates—from extensive mentoring to career coaching. Associates wanting extensive pro bono opportunities will find Debevoise a great place to land, as helping underserved communities has been an area of focus since the firm’s founding in 1931.

5.83% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#16

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
#15

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

Founded in 1995 in Silicon Valley, Gunderson Dettmer has grown to 10 offices and more than 425 attorneys as the leading international law firm focusing solely on the innovation economy. They are world leaders in providing legal services to venture-backed and public technology and life sciences companies, as well as venture capital investors. Sophisticated work, amazing tutelage from partners, and office culture are highlights for associates.

5.83% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
#15

WilmerHale

Handling cases that often make front page headlines, WilmerHale is a litigation super star, with particular strength in intellectual property. The firm boasts a respectful culture where associates feel supported by partners and have the resources they need to soar with high-level matters. The firm has a deeply-rooted commitment to pro bono and opportunities to dive headfirst into meaningful projects are around every corner. WilmerHale is a good fit for those looking for a hardworking but easy going environment.

5.83% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#17

WilmerHale
#18

Alston & Bird

Alston & Bird embodies Southern hospitality with its kind, friendly culture. Mentorship is strong across the board and pro bono is a source of pride for associates, encouraged by firm leadership and supported through high billable credit.

4.53% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#15

Alston & Bird
#19

Goodwin

With more than 1,800 lawyers across 14 offices, Goodwin has established itself as a global legal name. The firm boasts particular strength in corporate law and real estate, among other areas. Candidates seeking a highly transparent firm that prioritizes associate development will likely feel at home at Goodwin.

3.56% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Goodwin
#20

McDermott Will & Emery

You can expect more from our Summer Program: Expect real-world guidance. Expect growth and development opportunities at the Firm and in the legal profession. Expect mentors giving you exposure to actual clients and meaningful work in Chambers-ranked practices. Year after year, our summer associates tell us that the work they are assigned is at a higher level than that given to their peers at other firms.

3.24% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

McDermott Will & Emery
#20

White & Case

Look up “global law firm” in the thesaurus, and you’ll find White & Case. A leader in cross-border work, the firm works across two dozen practice areas. The firm is home to a truly diverse team of lawyers and boasts a top-down commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace.

3.24% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#19

White & Case