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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 Florida
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 8.159
2021 Ranking #1
Holland & Knight LLP
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 7.993
2021 Ranking #3
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
White & Case LLP
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. The firm works across two dozen practice areas, from antitrust/competition to white collar/investigations. Among the 17 industries it works in are consumer products, financial institutions, manufacturing and industrial, media, mining and metals, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and health care, power, private equity, real estate, technology, and more.
SCORE 7.933
2021 Ranking #2
White & Case LLP
Akerman LLP
Akerman is home to more than 700 attorneys across 25 offices, and the firm is well known for middle market M&A and complex disputes. It also has a strong international practice, with an especially robust knowledge of the Cuban market.
SCORE 7.658
2021 Ranking #5
Akerman LLP
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 7.429
2021 Ranking #4
Jones Day
McDermott Will & Emery
Sitting comfortably among the V100 law firms, McDermott is best known for its work in health care and tax—though its practices extend far beyond. The firm is forward thinking when it comes to wellness, offering lawyers billable credit for 25 wellness hours, and will appeal to those seeking a collegial, supportive environment. While the firm is still known for its strength in tax, McDermott’s reach has expanded over the decades. The firm counsels its clients on newer areas such as life sciences, renewable energy, and privacy law, which complement its more traditional practices like M&A, antitrust, health care, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and insurance.
SCORE 7.061
2021 Ranking #6
McDermott Will & Emery
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. Hogan Lovells focuses on five major practices: corporate; finance; global regulatory; IP; and litigation, arbitration, and employment. Industries the firm focuses on run the gamut from aerospace and automotive to energy and financial institutions to life sciences and technology, plus many more.
SCORE 6.975
2021 Ranking #7
Hogan Lovells
Baker McKenzie
With 69 international offices, Baker McKenzie is known for its cross-border work, and 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. While the firm wears many hats, it is most known for its cross-border work and its tax practice. The firm advises on an array of practice areas, including antitrust, capital markets, employment, intellectual property, international commercial and trade, M&A, private equity, real estate, restructuring, tax, and the list goes on.
SCORE 6.742
2021 Ranking #11
Baker McKenzie
Carlton Fields, P.A.
Tops in the Sunshine State, Carlton Fields has 11 offices down the East Coast—five of which are in Florida. The firm has a strong national trial practice, as well as experience in myriad areas, including antitrust, business transactions, class actions, construction, employment, health care, insurance, litigation, M&A, real estate—to name some. The firm is also a standout in the diversity space, ranking among all of Vault's diversity categories.
SCORE 6.738
2021 Ranking #12
Carlton Fields, P.A.
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 dozens of practices, and the firm is lauded for its Data Protection, Privacy, and Security. Collaboration and professionalism are key to this firm’s collegial culture. DLA Piper advises clients across more than a dozen industries and eight major practice areas (with a host of sub-practices).
SCORE 6.731
2021 Ranking #10
DLA Piper
K&L Gates LLP
At K&L Gates, attorneys tackle sophisticated work for high-caliber clients in a supportive environment. A free-market assignment system allows associates to exercise control over their workload, and more-senior attorneys act as willing mentors. K&L Gates is one of the largest law firms in the world, with close to 2,000 lawyers across five continents. Among the firm’s top-notch practices are corporate; energy and infrastructure; finance; intellectual property; labor, employment, and workplace safety; litigation and dispute resolution; policy and regulatory; real estate; and asset management and investment funds.
SCORE 6.706
2021 Ranking #9
K&L Gates LLP
A leader in bankruptcy and restructuring, Weil is an all-around legal superstar with a name that will shine on any resume. The firm is a good fit for team players who enjoy socializing and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and work hard. The firm has pioneered major areas of law, such as corporate governance, private equity, and bankruptcy and restructuring. With approximately 1,100 lawyers, the firm has offices spanning three continents and six countries, and it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms in the world.
SCORE 6.664
2021 Ranking #8
Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley & Lardner handles a wide range of business matters, and the majority of the firm’s major clients come from the automotive, energy, health care, life sciences, and technology fields. The firm is selective in who it brings aboard—maintaining the firm’s friendly culture is a must. Associates feel valued here, with willing partner mentors and an in-house attorney coach on standby to help with issues and career advice.
SCORE 6.661
2021 Ranking #13
Foley & Lardner LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner is the type of firm where associates toss aside the life vest and dive right in—and lawyers at this litigation powerhouse wouldn’t have it any other way. Litigators looking to roll up their sleeves and learn on the job will feel right at home here. While it also handles transactional matters, Boies Schiller Flexner is known for its litigation prowess—and most of its work revolves around high-stakes, complex litigation. Boies Schiller’s litigation practice is broad, including antitrust, appellate, constitutional law, cybersecurity and privacy, employment, energy, environmental law, First Amendment, health care, intellectual property, family law, products liability, securities litigation, and sports law—and everything in between.
SCORE 6.589
2021 Ranking #16
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build a global network of lawyers in 31 offices, reaching from Boston to Singapore and San Francisco to Dubai. Practicing across the energy, financial services, health care, life sciences, retail, sports, technology, and transportation sectors, Morgan Lewis has a diverse range of experience. The firm has four core practices: corporate, finance, and investment management; IP; labor, employment, and benefits; and litigation, regulation, and investigations.
SCORE 6.479
2021 Ranking #17
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Shutts & Bowen is a full-service law firm, nearly 300 attorneys strong, with eight offices spanning the Sunshine State from Tallahassee to Miami. As a full-service firm, Shutts & Bowen has 40 unique practice groups running the gamut from financial services and corporate work to litigation and class actions to government law and white collar criminal defense—to name a few. The firm’s main industry focuses are aerospace and defense, agriculture, automotive, cargo/port services, construction, energy, financial services, government, health care, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, maritime, and real estate.
SCORE 6.385
2021 Ranking #14
Shutts & Bowen LLP
At nearly 100 years old, Gunster has been a part of Florida since it was mostly orange groves and mangroves. The firm helps mid to large business in a range of market segments navigate the particulars of Florida’s legal landscape. Nearly 200 lawyers work out of 11 Florida offices from Jacksonville in the north all the way to Miami. Gunster does it all for Florida businesses: corporate deals, litigation, real estate transactions, and tax planning.
SCORE 6.214
2021 Ranking #15
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Bilzin Sumberg is a Miami-based commercial law firm with a wide range of domestic and international clients, from high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, investors, and developers to Fortune 500 companies. The firm's core practices include business finance & restructuring, corporate, environmental, land development & government relations, international, litigation, real estate, and tax. Bilzin attorneys have a deep knowledge of the South Florida market, and many international companies doing business in Florida turn to the firm.
SCORE 6.169
2021 Ranking #19
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A.
Miami-based Stearns Weaver is a full-service firm, with nearly 150 attorneys working out of five offices across Florida. The firm attracts clients from individuals and startups to Fortune 500 and multinational companies. Stearns Weaver does it all for its clients, from litigation and alternative dispute resolution to bankruptcy and corporate transactions to labor and employment, real estate, family, and tax matters, and everything in between.
SCORE 6.082
2021 Ranking #20
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson  P.A.
GrayRobinson, P.A.
GrayRobinson is a full-service law and lobbying firm with 14 offices in Florida and one in Washington, DC. The firm employs more than 250 attorneys, lobbyists, and consultants who represent clients on all manner of legal and legislative issues. GrayRobinson offers more than 80 unique practice and industry groups. From staples like litigation, corporate, labor and employment, and real estate practices to niche groups like aviation and drone law, food law, petroleum, and religious organizations, you’d be hard pressed to find an issue of law the firm can’t tackle.
SCORE 5.845
2021 Ranking #18
GrayRobinson, P.A.