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2022 Best Law Firms in the Mid-Atlantic
#1

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.

SCORE 8.050

2021 Ranking

#1

Skadden
#2

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 7.934

2021 Ranking

#2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
#3

Dechert

Dechert is a global firm, but its collegial culture seems to create a sense of close community. The firm encourages attorneys to participate beyond billables, offering a “STARS” award and bonus for contributions related to diversity and innovation.  In the United States, the firm is known for its work in antitrust, international arbitration, financial services, life sciences, strategic transactions and private equity, litigation, white collar, product liability, real estate, and securities.

SCORE 7.631

2021 Ranking

#3

Dechert
#4

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 7.208

2021 Ranking

#4

Jones Day
#5

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith is the perfect fit for associates who want to take on challenging legal work in a laid-back, welcoming environment. Partners here are active mentors, and on-the-job training is supplemented with courses through Reed Smith University. Reed Smith is a full-service shop, serving corporate and commercial clients on litigation, transactional, regulatory, and other matters. It also fields multi-disciplinary industry groups dedicated to clients in the life sciences, media and entertainment, energy and natural resources, shipping, and financial services sectors.

SCORE 6.812

2021 Ranking

#5

Reed Smith LLP
#6

Blank Rome LLP

SCORE 6.488

2021 Ranking

#9

Blank Rome LLP
#7

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.

SCORE 6.471

2021 Ranking

#10

Ballard Spahr
#8

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 6.425

2021 Ranking

#6

K&L Gates LLP
#9

Duane Morris LLP

With more than 800 lawyers around the world, Duane Morris has 22 offices across the U.S., as well as offices throughout Asia and one in London. Duane Morris’ practice areas include litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, business reorganization and financial restructuring, employment and immigration, energy and environment, health law, real estate, and private client services. The firm also serves some niche industries and areas, including infrastructure and cannabis. The firm provides counsel on issues relating to construction and engineering projects, including litigation, contract formation, public-private partnership projects, financing, real estate issues, environmental issues, and tax issues.

SCORE 6.347

2021 Ranking

#7

Duane Morris LLP
#10

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 6.291

2021 Ranking

#12

Hogan Lovells
#11

Cozen O'Connor

At Cozen O’Connor, attorneys get to tackle exciting legal challenges while maintaining a life outside of work. Associates appreciate the autonomy they are given to do their jobs and the responsibility they are given early in their careers. With 30 offices across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, Cozen O’Connor is a full-service law firm. The firm’s client list ranges from Fortune 500 and middle-market firms to startups and individuals.

SCORE 6.131

2021 Ranking

#13

Cozen O'Connor
#12

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 6.023

2021 Ranking

#11

Troutman Pepper
#13

Faegre Drinker

Faegre Drinker is an international law firm providing litigation, regulatory, and business services to clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups. The firm was formed in February 2020 through the merger of Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath. Both Faegre Drinker legacy firms have storied histories. The former Drinker Biddle & Reath was founded and headquartered in Philadelphia in 1849, and the former Faegre Baker Daniels was founded in 1863.

SCORE 6.019

2021 Ranking

#8

Faegre Drinker
#14

Fox Rothschild LLP

With an eye toward continuous growth, Fox Rothschild has been slowly expanding over the years. The firm has established itself in certain niche industries, including cannabis and media and entertainment. Associates looking for a firm to grow with long term should look no further than Fox Rothschild. Fox Rothschild is a well-established player in the business, corporate and securities, entertainment, intellectual property, labor and employment, employee benefits, real estate, creditors’ rights, litigation, and estates law fields. In addition to its more mainstream departments, Fox Rothschild has developed experience in niche practices, including sports and the highly regulated field of cannabis law.

SCORE 5.881

2021 Ranking

#14

Fox Rothschild LLP
#15

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is a regional powerhouse in the Mid-Atlantic, with additional offices in Boston and the Midwest. The firm’s practices include commercial litigation, business and finance, bankruptcy, real estate, higher education, insurance, energy and utilities, environmental, labor and employment, and public finance. Saul Ewing’s corporate attorneys regularly handle big deals for clients in industries like pharmaceutical and health care, food and beverage, cannabis, real estate, higher education, retail, insurance, and technology.

SCORE 5.533

2021 Ranking

#15

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
#16

Richards, Layton & Finger, PA

Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware’s largest law firm and one of its oldest, has been committed from its founding to helping sophisticated clients navigate complex issues and the intricacies of Delaware law. The firm advises Fortune 500 companies, global law firms, financial institutions, hedge funds, venture capital firms, local businesses, and prominent individuals on Delaware law issues.

SCORE 5.486

2021 Ranking

#16

Richards, Layton & Finger, PA
#17

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is full service but known for its strengths in the energy, finance, health care, and life science industries. Its high-octane client list includes fifty Fortune 100s and big names in sports—like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The first also has a government relations group that, in addition to lobbying, assists clients in matters like strategic planning, issues development and monitoring, appropriations and procurement, business development, and coalition-building.

SCORE 5.364

2021 Ranking

#19

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
#18

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell

From its single office in Delaware, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell represents clients nationwide in corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and bankruptcy matters. The firm remains local to Delaware clients with its practices in bankruptcy; general business; trusts, estate, and tax planning; and real estate. Though its geographic span is small, Morris Nichols has a pro bono practice that runs deep in its local community. The firm supports numerous Delaware organizations including Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Delaware Special Olympics, and Goodwill of Delaware.

SCORE 5.298

2021 Ranking

#22

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell
#19

Venable LLP

Venable prioritizes personality in the hiring process—those who are down-to-earth but take their work seriously will be a good fit here. Associates also appreciate that the firm provides work-life balance along with top-tier legal work. Venable specializes in corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, and government affairs. The firm’s Litigation practice carries a particularly heavy workload in products liability, toxic torts, and environmental law cases, with corporate defense being the group’s overwhelming forte.

SCORE 5.263

2021 Ranking

#17

Venable LLP
#20

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

As one of the oldest firms in the country, Delaware firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP has been involved in historic and influential cases since its inception. Operating from only one office, it continues to serve corporate heavyweight clients locally, nationally, and internationally, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Potter Anderson has a deep connection to the history-making case Brown v. Board of Education, and its work on the case extended well beyond the 1950s.

SCORE 5.123

2021 Ranking

#24

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
#21

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

The second-largest law firm in Delaware, Young Conaway's status as a leading bankruptcy, corporate counseling, and litigation firm transcends its small state and draws local, national, and international clients from corporations, state governments, stockholders, and individuals. While it is best known for bankruptcy, it isn’t the firm’s only forte. Young Conaway has a strong corporate litigation and counseling practice focused on serving directors, officers, and other fiduciaries. The firm is also home to a busy intellectual property litigation practice, as well as a general litigation and trial practice. Among the disputes the firm handles are general commercial, insurance, environmental, mass torts, and securities litigation.

SCORE 5.054

2021 Ranking

#23

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
#22

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Labor and employment law is Littler Mendelson’s forte, and it dominates on an international scale. The firm has a massive footprint, with more than 1,500 attorneys across 58 offices nationwide and 36 abroad. Littler exclusively represents management, but its clients come in all sizes and industries, from Fortune 500 corporations to small, single-office businesses. The firm has also received a number of awards for its diversity initiatives and is known for offering its clients innovative solutions.

SCORE 4.994

2021 Ranking

#18

Littler Mendelson P.C.
#23

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 4.976

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Dentons
#24

McCarter & English, LLP

Founded as a small-town, one-lawyer practice in the Garden State more than 175 years ago, McCarter & English is one of New Jersey’s oldest law firms, and one of its largest. The firm has grown—both organically and strategically—to around 400 lawyers in 10 offices on the East Coast, including offices in Delaware; Massachusetts; New York; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; and Washington, DC. McCarter has been focused on serving innovative clients since it was founded in 1865 by Thomas Nesbitt McCarter.

SCORE 4.967

2021 Ranking

#20

McCarter & English, LLP
#25

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

Home to around 200 lawyers, Stradley Ronon is a BigLaw shop with what the firm describes as a “small-firm atmosphere.” The firm is headquartered in Philadelphia, but its reach is wide, with an additional seven offices across the U.S. Stradley Ronon offers a range of practices but is most well known for its bankruptcy, investment fund, and litigation work. The firm also makes pro bono a priority, partnering with numerous organizations to donate legal services.

SCORE 4.920

2021 Ranking

#25

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
#26

Dilworth Paxson LLP

Based in Philadelphia, Dilworth Paxson is a full-service East Coast firm that operates with a multi-disciplinary approach, serving clients in the automotive, biotechnology, construction, education, energy, family office, financial services, infrastructure, insurance, manufacturing, media, and transportation industries. With practices in nearly every major legal arena from antitrust and healthcare law to real estate and tax law, the firm has served clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs and investors to big-name companies like Dow Chemical Company. 

SCORE 4.893

2021 Ranking

#27

Dilworth Paxson LLP
#27

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Lowenstein Sandler is a full-service law firm, with over 300 attorneys in nearly 50 practice areas. Founded in New Jersey, the firm now has five offices across the U.S. Associates report challenging but satisfying work, and they are overwhelmingly pleased with various aspects of working here, from the culture to the work-life balance. Of particular note is the firm’s real commitment to pro bono work, which associates report is genuine.

SCORE 4.886

2021 Ranking

#26

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
#28

Day Pitney LLP

Day Pitney has the East Coast covered, with 13 offices from New York to Florida. The firm focuses on the following eight “core” industries: energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property and technology, family office practice, real estate and environmental, and tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving. Pro bono is engrained in the Day Pitney culture, as evidenced by the firm’s involvement with many local and nationwide initiatives and organizations.

SCORE 4.868

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Day Pitney LLP
#29

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Based in Pittsburgh, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott provides a full spectrum of legal services from 15 offices in 11 states. The firm has the East Coast well covered, with offices in Massachusetts; New York; West Virginia; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; New Jersey; Rhode Island; Virginia; Delaware; and Washington, DC—plus a bonus outpost in Michigan. Eckert offers litigation, business, and regulatory experience to clients including individuals, entrepreneurial startups, nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies.

SCORE 4.557

2021 Ranking

#29

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
#30

Gibbons P.C.

Respected in the mid-Atlantic and beyond, Gibbons is a place for tackling substantive work—and making a mark with pro bono opportunities. The firm handles high-profile corporate transactions but is best known for its litigation department. Gibbons is home to 200 lawyers and a collegial culture that is flourishing at a firm stacked with former clerks.

SCORE 4.529

2021 Ranking

#28

Gibbons P.C.