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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 the Midwest
#1
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 8.195
2021 Ranking #1
Jones Day
#2
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 6.612
2021 Ranking #2
Faegre Drinker
#3
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Squire Patton Boggs is a global force, with more than 1,500 lawyers worldwide. The firm takes pride in its efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, and it serves clients across the world with a “business has no borders” mindset.  With a strong global reach, Squire Patton Boggs advises clients in a number of areas, including antitrust, business immigration, corporate matters, energy, environmental law, financial services, insurance, IP, international trade, labor and employment, litigation, public policy, real estate, restructuring, tax, and white collar, among others.
SCORE 6.580
2021 Ranking #3
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
#4
BakerHostetler
BakerHostetler’s culture reflects its Midwest roots—professional, yet warm and welcoming. Associates are also treated to strong mentorship and transparent leadership. The “IncuBaker” team is one sign of the firm’s commitment to innovation. With specialties in bankruptcy, digital assets and data management, labor and employment law, intellectual property, litigation, and tax, BakerHostetler works across 16 practice areas in a dozen industries and also focuses on emerging issues like blockchain, Internet of Things, new markets tax credit, and more.
SCORE 6.335
2021 Ranking #5
BakerHostetler
#5
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 6.194
2021 Ranking #9
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
#6
Husch Blackwell LLP
Husch Blackwell is a full-service business and litigation law firm. The firm operates on an industry-centered approach, working across different practice areas to provide comprehensive representation. The firm’s industries of focus include education, energy and natural resources, financial services, food and agribusiness, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, real estate, technology, and transportation. HB Innovations, LLC is the firm’s “internal development incubator” for legal technology, and it touts a portfolio of successful client solutions.
SCORE 6.192
2021 Ranking #6
Husch Blackwell LLP
#7
SCORE 6.108
2021 Ranking #12
#8
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 6.063
2021 Ranking #8
Dentons
#9
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 5.919
2021 Ranking #4
Foley & Lardner LLP
#10
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
With offices in 16 locations throughout the U.S. and one in London, Shook, Hardy & Bacon has built a reputation as a top firm in a number of practices, but it is especially regarded for its expertise in complex litigation and products liability. Shook is a strong supporter of associate development, offering in-house training that covers topics including writing, negotiations, and trial skills. The firm is particularly well known in the product liability area, especially for its work on behalf of pharmaceutical, medical device, technology, and automotive companies.
SCORE 5.906
2021 Ranking #13
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
#11
Stinson LLP
Stinson LLP is a force in the Midwest, with offices throughout Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota. It has expanded beyond its roots over the years, with additional offices in Arizona, DC, New York, and Texas. The firm is home to nearly 500 attorneys who work across dozens of practice areas and industries. Stinson is a full-service firm, with practices ranging from business litigation and corporate finance to energy and environmental to IP and employment to real estate and securities—plus many more.
SCORE 5.875
2021 Ranking #10
Stinson LLP
#12
Polsinelli PC
Home to more than 900 lawyers, Polsinelli is a force across the U.S. The firm is a leader in health care, with a robust practice backed by one of the largest concentrations of health care attorneys in the country. It also boasts top-notch IP, real estate, and labor and employment practices. The firm offers a Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program, which is just one component of the firm's overall diversity and inclusion objective.
SCORE 5.807
2021 Ranking #11
Polsinelli PC
#13
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
With deep roots in Minneapolis, Dorsey & Whitney is an international law firm with dozens of practice areas. The firm has standout practices in M&A, Litigation, and IP as well as a strong commitment to building diversity among its ranks. Dorsey's client list includes more than one-third of the Fortune 100 and more than half of Minnesota's public companies. Key clients include U.S. Bank, General Mills, UnitedHealth Group, Facebook, Delta Air Lines, Mayo Clinic, Canon, and Xcel Energy.
SCORE 5.727
2021 Ranking #7
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
#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 5.698
2021 Ranking #14
Fox Rothschild LLP
#15
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 5.584
2021 Ranking #15
Littler Mendelson P.C.
#16
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP has seven offices located in Ohio; Texas; Pennsylvania; and Washington, DC. The full-service firm operates with the goal of achieving “excellence” through its motto, “excellent work for excellent clients, by attorneys who are excellent people.” Representing some of the world's largest companies as well as individuals and small businesses, Vorys represents just about every industry: insurance, food service, construction, engineering, pharmaceutical, automotive, banking, manufacturing, higher education, and many more.
SCORE 5.562
2021 Ranking #20
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
#17
Ice Miller LLP
Ice Miller is a full-service law firm with more than 300 lawyers and more than 50 paraprofessionals in its offices in Illinois; Ohio; Indiana; New York; Pennsylvania; and Washington, DC. The firm has a loyal client base that includes many top businesses in the Midwest and nationwide. Some names you probably recognize include Baxter Healthcare, DaimlerChrysler Motors, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and The Coca-Cola Company.
SCORE 5.426
2021 Ranking #19
Ice Miller LLP
#18
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Barnes & Thornburg spans the country, with 20 offices from LA to DC. But it still remains true to its Midwestern roots and boasts an “uncommon” culture promoting diversity, inclusion, and work-life balance. The firm counsels across numerous industries, including agriculture and food, education, energy, entertainment, financial services, government and public finance, health care, life sciences, and manufacturing.
SCORE 5.396
2021 Ranking #21
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
#19
Lathrop GPM LLP
Lathrop GPM is a full-service firm that was formed in January 2020 when Kansas City firm Lathrop Gage and Minneapolis firm Gray Plant Mooty joined forces to become one. The newly combined firm boasts a count of more than 400 attorneys in 13 offices throughout the Midwest and beyond, and it offers its clients a broad range of legal services. 
SCORE 5.393
2021 Ranking #25
Lathrop GPM LLP
#20
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
With more than 650 attorneys in 27 cities throughout the country, Dinsmore & Shohl serves both local interests in areas like Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, as well as national business clients in corporate, transactional, finance, mass torts, and other matters. Dinsmore's midwestern base hasn't limited the broad range of corporate clients and individuals it represents, in industries including construction, energy, financial services, health care, manufacturing, natural resources, real estate, and technology.
SCORE 5.348
2021 Ranking #22
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
#21
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur is a full-service firm with deep roots in Ohio and branches extending to DC, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. The firm is known for its banking and financing, commercial litigation, corporate, labor and employment, M&A, and real estate practices. At the core of Porter Wright’s practice is “inspiration.” The firm indicates that inspiration is its “fuel” to help it “work smart, reach further, and deliver stronger outcomes.”
SCORE 5.338
2021 Ranking #23
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
#22
Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
Fredrikson & Byron is a Minnesota-based law firm that prides itself on being “where law and business meet.” The firm has six offices across the Midwest, along with two international locations in Mexico and China. Fredrikson & Byron offers business advice in conjunction with its legal counsel in areas from real estate and intellectual property to trusts and estates and tax law, with a particular focus in business litigation. The firm adheres to four main tenets in cultivating its culture: democratic management, entrepreneurial approach, stability, and balance.
SCORE 5.305
2021 Ranking #16
Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
#23
Frost Brown Todd LLC
With its headquarters in Ohio, Frost Brown Todd serves clients from 13 offices across the U.S. Among its practice strengths are bankruptcy, corporate, environmental law, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate. The firm’s comprehensive list of practice areas extends into some unique niches like equine law, union avoidance and social media. Frost Brown Todd has a wide-ranging client list that includes finance firms, insurance companies, media firms and health care providers. Big-name clients have included Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and General Electric.
SCORE 5.236
2021 Ranking #28
Frost Brown Todd LLC
#24
Tucker Ellis
Tucker Ellis has a national reputation for its trial work, particularly in the areas of pharmaceutical, mass torts, product liability, class action, and other commercial litigation. The firm also has a sophisticated nationwide intellectual property and insurance capabilities, as well as strong real estate and corporate practices. Tucker Ellis launched in 2003 with a group of 65 lawyers. Since then, the firm has grown to more than 200 lawyers, who practice across the firm's seven offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and St. Louis. 
SCORE 5.229
2021 Ranking #26
Tucker Ellis
#25
Robins Kaplan LLP
Robins Kaplan is a litigation powerhouse, with a resume full of victories across industries and practices. The firm is especially known for its strengths in antitrust, intellectual property & technology litigation, insurance, mass torts, and plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Founded in Minneapolis, the firm has broadened its reach beyond the Midwest with offices across California, Massachusetts, New York, and the Dakotas. Beyond on-the-job training, professional development is a priority that the firm bolsters through its six-year trial academy program.
SCORE 5.188
2021 Ranking #27
Robins Kaplan LLP
#26
Thompson Hine
Thompson Hine has a long history in Ohio, but it serves big-name clients state- and nationwide. The firm boasts strengths is such discrete area as transportation and emerging companies, and it takes pride in being an innovator in the legal industry. Thompson Hine has national strength in numerous practice areas, including construction, transportation, environmental law, real estate, banking and finance, bankruptcy, corporate law, intellectual property, and litigation.
SCORE 5.179
2021 Ranking #18
Thompson Hine
#27
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 150 attorneys in its four offices in Ohio and Washington, DC. The firm focuses on commercial and public finance, corporate and capital markets, employee benefits and executive compensation, estate and succession planning and administration, government relations and legislation, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate law. Today, Calfee routinely represents a wide spectrum of domestic and global private and public organizations, private equity firms, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, governments, and individuals.
SCORE 5.128
2021 Ranking #30
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
#28
Quarles & Brady LLP
Born of a Badger State merger, Quarles and Brady has grown from its Midwest roots to ten offices nationwide. Among the firm’s strengths include corporate matters, intellectual property, health care, labor and employment, and real estate, and the firm navigates legal issues on behalf of Midwest heavyweights such as MolsonCoors and Harley Davidson. The firm has also been widely recognized for its efforts to support women in the legal industry.
SCORE 5.017
2021 Ranking #29
Quarles & Brady LLP
#29
Thompson Coburn LLP
Thompson Coburn is headquartered in St. Louis but has a coast-to-coast wingspan. No matter what type of law you want to practice, you’ll find it here—the firm has groups from admiralty and maritime law to mass tort litigation to white collar defense. The firm’s robust litigation practice covers such areas as banking and financial services litigation, business litigation, appellate, insurance litigation, IP litigation, securities and investment litigation, trust and estate litigation, white collar defense, and more.
SCORE 4.845
2021 Ranking #17
Thompson Coburn LLP
#30
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Founded in 1938, Benesch is one of Cleveland's most notable law firms, but it has expanded beyond its Midwest roots to provide legal services coast to coast and internationally. The firm's core practice areas include corporate & securities, healthcare, information technology, IP, labor & employment, litigation, real estate, and environmental law. The firm counsels clients across more than 20 industries. The firm takes training seriously, and associates appreciate the transparency into career development at the firm.
SCORE 4.840
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP