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2023 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. From New York to Shanghai, the Skadden name is worldwide, with over 1,600 attorneys across eight U.S. offices and 13 international offices. Exit opportunities are endless for Skadden attorneys, due to the firm’s strong alumni network and prestigious name. The firm’s commitment to pro bono is unparalleled, with over two million hours dedicated to pro bono over the past 10 years.

SCORE 8.283

2022 Ranking

#1

Skadden
#2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

A top firm for labor and employment work, Morgan Lewis has an expansive worldwide reach more than 30 offices. The firm attracts those who want to give back via pro bono work—20 hours are required for bonus eligibility—and who are seeking a non-hierarchical culture with ample transparency. Boasting an army of over 2,200 lawyers and legal professionals nationwide and worldwide, Morgan Lewis provides a wealth of opportunities to work on diverse and high-stakes matters among the firm’s core practice areas.

SCORE 8.140

2022 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 teaching, diversity and innovation. It is recognized as well as one of the best law firms for pro bono work, with many accolades and many hours contributed every year.

SCORE 7.594

2022 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. Home to more than 2,500 attorneys in dozens of worldwide offices, clients can call upon vast resources and exceptional legal talent across jurisdictions and practice areas.  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.

SCORE 7.319

2022 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 relaxed, welcoming environment. Partners here are active mentors, and on-the-job training is supplemented with courses through Reed Smith University. The social sphere surpasses borders at Reed Smith where associates can work alongside attorneys in any one of its 13 international offices or 17 domestic offices. Reed Smith doesn’t shy away from taking on the responsibility of advising some of the largest companies in the world.

SCORE 6.951

2022 Ranking

#5

Reed Smith LLP
#6

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 attracts friendly, outgoing types who are supportive of their colleagues and enjoy socializing.

SCORE 6.563

2022 Ranking

#7

Ballard Spahr
#7

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.

SCORE 6.552

2022 Ranking

#8

K&L Gates LLP
#8

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton combined a century’s worth of legal expertise to form Troutman Pepper. The merger has allowed the firm to expand its geographic presence and strengthen its focus on the firm’s key practice areas—energy, financial services, health sciences, insurance, and private equity. Attorney development is a priority of the firm with training resources abound, both at the formal and informal level, to ensure the firm maintains its innovative and client-valued services.

SCORE 6.520

2022 Ranking

#12

Troutman Pepper
#9

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.

SCORE 6.515

2022 Ranking

#10

Hogan Lovells
#10

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris has evolved into a legal powerhouse since its doors opened more than a century ago. While its roots are in Philadelphia, the firm has a global reach with offices across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Despite the firm’s rapid expansion into new markets, Duane Morris hasn’t wavered from upholding its core values and maintaining a collaborative culture—these successes even made its way into the Harvard Business School curriculum following a case study of the firm.

SCORE 6.445

2022 Ranking

#9

Duane Morris LLP
#11

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome has its roots in Philadelphia, but its reach is nationwide and even global. Among the firm’s 16 practice groups, Blank Rome has lent its legal expertise to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and everything in between. Associates aren’t without support in tackling high-stakes matters—the firm’s Career Development Advisor program ensures attorneys advance in their professional growth at every stage of their career.

SCORE 6.405

2022 Ranking

#6

Blank Rome LLP
#12

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.

SCORE 6.185

2022 Ranking

#11

Cozen O'Connor
#13

Faegre Drinker

Faegre Drinker, though founded only in 2020, has foundations in law firms that were founded in the mid-1800s. It has grown exponentially through a series of mergers and acquisitions so that now it is an international firm in 21 locations with 1,300 attorneys. It provides a full range of legal services, including transactional, litigation, and regulatory. Associates are treated and taught well by partners, and they appreciate the firm's commitment to pro bono work.

SCORE 6.182

2022 Ranking

#13

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. The firm affords its attorneys independence and flexibility, creating a top notch work-life balance and respectful atmosphere. Associates looking for a firm to grow with long term should look no further than Fox Rothschild.

SCORE 5.922

2022 Ranking

#14

Fox Rothschild LLP
#15

Venable LLP

Founded in Baltimore in 1900, Venable has expanded geographically to 10 domestic offices and professionally to 850 attorneys. The firm provides a full range of legal services, including regulatory, legislative, and government affairs through its Beltway and Baltimore offices. Many notable past and current elected officials have worked at Venable. Attorneys enjoy the work-life balance promoted by the firm culture and office social life.

SCORE 5.745

2022 Ranking

#19

Venable LLP
#16

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 5.721

2022 Ranking

#15

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
#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 5.198

2022 Ranking

#17

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
#18

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 5.158

2022 Ranking

#16

Richards, Layton & Finger, PA
#19

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.

SCORE 5.121

2022 Ranking

#23

Dentons
#20

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 5.090

2022 Ranking

#24

McCarter & English, LLP
#21

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 5.080

2022 Ranking

#25

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, 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 5.073

2022 Ranking

#22

Littler Mendelson P.C.
#23

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 5.051

2022 Ranking

#18

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell
#24

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 4.932

2022 Ranking

#27

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
#25

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 4.901

2022 Ranking

#21

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
#26

Fish & Richardson P.C.

IP is the name of the game at Fish & Richardson, so be prepared to show off your technical or science background during interviews. Associates here are busy, but they are treated to a great culture, top-notch IP work, and lots of flexibility. Fish & Richardson hires candidates with the expectation they will climb the ranks, leaving a clear path to partnership for anyone willing to put in the work.

SCORE 4.855

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Fish & Richardson P.C.
#27

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 4.838

2022 Ranking

#29

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
#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 4.824

2022 Ranking

#28

Day Pitney LLP
#29

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 4.689

2022 Ranking

#20

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
#30

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 4.678

2022 Ranking

#26

Dilworth Paxson LLP