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Best Law Firms by Region
Associates rate the reputations of peer firms in their own regions. These rankings reveal the most prestigious law firms by region across the U.S. Vault's 2022 Rankings are derived from Vault's Annual Associate Survey conducted from March 2021 through May 2021.
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2022 Best Law Firms in Atlanta
#1
King & Spalding LLP
Focusing on litigation, regulatory, and transactional work, King & Spalding’s Atlanta roots set a tone of “southern hospitality” throughout the firm. Come for the collegiality and mentorship, stay for the free Coca Cola. The firm is now organized into three large practice groups: Trial & Global Disputes (Litigation); Corporate, Finance & Investments (Transactional), and Government Matters (Regulatory/Investigations). The firm counsels clients across myriad industries, including automotive, transportation, and mobility; energy; financial services; food and beverage; franchise & hospitality; government investigations; and life sciences and health care.
SCORE 9.395
2021 Ranking #1
King & Spalding LLP
#2
Alston & Bird
Alston & Bird embodies Southern hospitality with its kind, friendly culture. Pro bono is a source of pride for associates, and the firm supports it with a unique opportunity for contribution bonuses based on non-billable hours. Alston & Bird is home to 800-plus lawyers located across the U.S., from its headquarters in the Peach State to nine additional domestic offices and three international locations. The firm has been recognized for its strength in such areas as health care, privacy and data security, real estate, and tax.
SCORE 9.127
2021 Ranking #2
Alston & Bird
#3
Jones Day
With a Midwestern culture of collegiality and teamwork, Jones Day is among the best of the best in the legal industry. The firm boasts a long list of stand-out practices—from labor and employment to private equity to appellate litigation—and is a leader in the pro bono space. Jones Day boasts 42 offices in 17 countries, spread over five continents. The firm’s booming practices include antitrust, appellate litigation, financial markets, international law, IP, labor and employment, M&A, private equity, securities, and securities litigation—to name a handful.
SCORE 7.984
2021 Ranking #3
Jones Day
#4
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.
SCORE 7.723
2021 Ranking #5
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
#5
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Born of a January 2011 merger between the Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Stockton and the Bay Area’s Townsend and Townsend and Crew, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s 600+ attorneys have spread out from coast to coast and jumped to several continents. Kilpatrick is particularly strong in intellectual property litigation, infrastructure, business law, and financial dealings, and the firm approaches client work using a multi-disciplinary approach. Its clients include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Delta Airlines, Harley-Davidson, and Krispy Kreme.
SCORE 7.608
2021 Ranking #4
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
#6
Troutman Pepper
Troutman Sanders was founded in Atlanta over a century ago, and Pepper Hamilton was launched more than 125 years ago in Philadelphia. In 2020, the firms merged, creating a megafirm with more than 25 domestic offices. Troutman Pepper lawyers work across more than 20 practice areas. Among the industries it serves are construction, energy, finance, health sciences, insurance, private equity, real estate, and technology.
SCORE 7.473
2021 Ranking #6
Troutman Pepper
#7
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Eversheds Sutherland is a legal behemoth, with thousands of lawyers practicing across such areas as corporate, energy, financial services, IP, litigation, real estate, and tax. Among its top practice areas includes tax, where the firm active in every area from planning the most complex corporate tax transactions to representing taxpayers in administrative and judicial tax controversies The firm also ranks high for associate quality of life, with particular recognition for its training and mentorship.
SCORE 6.904
2021 Ranking #7
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
#8
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.
SCORE 6.236
2021 Ranking #8
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
#9
Paul Hastings LLP
Consistently among the top law firms for quality of life, Paul Hastings prioritizes associate mentorship, training, and long-term career development. Lawyers seeking an amiable, collaborative atmosphere where hard work and client service are valued will likely be a good fit at the firm. Over the last few decades, Paul Hastings has grown from a mid-market U.S. firm to an international outfit with strengths in employment, tax, and business law and big-name clients in more than 80 countries. With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo, the firm has become especially strong in Asian market dealings.
SCORE 6.192
2021 Ranking #9
Paul Hastings LLP
#10
Dentons
As a global giant, Dentons provides a plethora of opportunities for associates to grow in their legal careers. Strong mentorship complements early responsibility, and many associates envision long-term careers at the firm. More than 12,000 lawyers at Dentons work in a grand total of 40 practice areas across 24 different sectors, such as energy, financial institutions, government, life sciences and health care, manufacturing, private equity, real estate, technology, and transportation.
SCORE 6.172
2021 Ranking #12
Dentons
#11
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
From an eight-attorney Atlanta real estate outfit, Morris, Manning & Martin has grown to become a reputable regional player in the Southeast with some international flex, particularly in China and Brazil. MMM is known for its strong trade group and has also turned heads with its corporate department, boasting a strong public securities offerings resumé. The firm’s corporate team is strong in venture capital as well, averaging about 50 VC deals annually and playing a constant role in Atlanta's ever-developing tech industry.
SCORE 6.161
2021 Ranking #11
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
#12
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
With more than 150 attorneys across two offices—one in Atlanta, one in Washington, DC—Arnall Golden Gregory boasts an impressive book of clients. The firm’s robust corporate, litigation, and regulatory practices span across multiple industries and operate under the firm’s self-proclaimed “business sensible” approach. Though it only operates out of two offices, the firm has an impressive global presence, with practice groups based on four regions where it offers extensive legal services: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; Israel; Russia & the CIS; and Ireland and Northern Ireland.
SCORE 6.126
2021 Ranking #10
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
#13
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nelson Mullins employs attorneys, policy advisors, technical specialists, consultants and other professionals who work in more than a dozen locations across the U.S. The firm practices in more than 100 practice areas, including banking and financial services, corporate and securities, cybersecurity, employment, estate planning, health care, insurance, litigation, technology, white collar, and more. Pro bono is ingrained in the culture of Nelson Mullins, and since 1990, the firms’ lawyers have contributed more than 622,000 hours to pro bono clients
SCORE 6.123
2021 Ranking #14
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
#14
McGuireWoods
If you are seeking a large firm—we’re talking more than 1,000 lawyers across 21 offices—that boasts a welcoming, respectful atmosphere, McGuireWoods may be the place for you. Teamwork is key at this full-service firm, which also highly values pro bono work. McGuireWoods regularly serves clients in the automotive, banking and financial services, chemical, energy resources, food processing, general manufacturing, government, health care, insurance, real estate, technology and telecom, and transportation industries.
SCORE 5.968
2021 Ranking #15
McGuireWoods
#15
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Following a “One Firm” model where lawyers frequently work across offices and across borders, Bryan Cave is a friendly, collegial firm where associates and partners get along famously. Lawyers take their work seriously but are also happy to socialize with colleagues both during and after work hours. In April 2018, Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The new firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, has combined revenues of over $900 million and provides clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 31 offices across 11 countries.
SCORE 5.926
2021 Ranking #13
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
#16
Holland & Knight LLP
Associates at Holland & Knight enjoy their work and appreciate their colleagues. The firm is a true pro bono leader, especially when it comes to its work supporting veterans. For those hoping to make partner, the firm provides a realistic pathway. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and tax to more industry-specific teams.
SCORE 5.768
2021 Ranking #16
Holland & Knight LLP
#17
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Founded in Tennessee, Baker Donelson has 21 offices across the southeast and in DC. Beyond its expansive legal services, the firm is known for its dedication to innovation, with solutions for project management, AI, data analytics, and more.
SCORE 5.516
2021 Ranking #18
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
#18
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP maintains strong Atlanta roots while packing an international punch. With an Atlanta presence that dates back more than 100 years, SGR is recognized as a top Peach State firm and is securely integrated with its local community. Meanwhile, SGR has also expanded its practice to include international offices and a portfolio of clients across the globe. As a full-service international firm, SGR focuses on such industries as aviation, construction, energy and environmental, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, and technology.
SCORE 5.356
2021 Ranking #19
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
#19
Seyfarth
Known best for its deep experience in Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw is a big firm that offers its lawyers tremendous opportunity to take the reins. Those seeking a firm that offers a unique combination of autonomy and collaboration will fit well here. Seyfarth Shaw is home to more than 900 lawyers across 17 offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and China. While it is highly regarded for its labor and employment practice, the full-service firm advises on a broad range of legal areas, including litigation, tax, immigration, corporate, real estate, and employee benefits.
SCORE 5.316
2021 Ranking #17
Seyfarth
#20
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Womble Bond Dickinson focuses on energy and natural resources, financial institutions, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, retail and consumer, transportation and infrastructure, life sciences, pharma, communications and technology, private wealth, and healthcare sectors. The firm now has 27 offices in the U.K. and U.S. (including the firm’s newest office in Houston), with more than 1,000 attorneys, placing Womble Bond Dickinson among the AmLaw100.
SCORE 5.053
2021 Ranking #20
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP