A litigation powerhouse, appellate all-star, and corporate law force, Gibson Dunn is a V10 firm with impressive practice and client lists across its 20 worldwide offices. Gibson attracts go-getters who will succeed in the firm’s free-market system and mesh with the professional, amiable culture. Attorneys who want to engage in pro bono work, with hours satisfying billable requirements, will find robust, dynamic opportunities with Gibson Dunn. The firm’s flex-time program, with prorated hours and compensation, is attractive to many.
Perkins Coie cultivates collegiality through holistic hiring, social retreats, affinity groups, wellness programs, and more. Whether they hope to make partner or move in-house, associates here are in a good position. Providing legal services to some of the world’s most innovative companies, Perkins Coie attorneys take pride in performing substantive, meaningful work. While its history is rooted in aerospace and transportation, Perkins Coie has stretched its services far and wide across its domestic and international offices.
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.
The go-to firm for startups and early-stage companies, Cooley is ideal for those seeking cutting-edge work with innovative clients. The firm is also known for its work with life science and technology companies. Cooley has a highly social culture in 17 worldwide offices that will no doubt appeal to affable personalities, and boasts a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Holland & Hart has a reputation for being laid-back but goal-oriented, a fitting culture for a Western-states firm. Despite being a “regional” firm, Holland & Hart has a wide-reaching practice, with just under 500 attorneys serving clients worldwide in practice areas ranging from environmental to intellectual property and more. The firm also expects attorneys to contribute significant time each year to pro bono work, and it employs pro bono staff to help make that happen.
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 doesn’t fall short on attorneys that have an entrepreneurial mindset and a drive to take responsibility on sophisticated matters with the support of razor sharp mentors. Greenberg Traurig looks outside the traditional legal model to provide enhanced services to clients based on innovation.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is a Denver-based law and lobbying firm, with more than 250 attorneys spread across the West, and additional offices in New Jersey and Washington, DC. The firm’s legal practice areas include corporate and business law, energy and natural resources, gaming, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate. From its office in Washington, DC, the firm runs a government relations practice staffed with lobbyists, political consultants, and public policy professionals.
Prominent Denver firm Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP serves both growing and established businesses in the Rocky Mountain West and beyond. The firm is known for its corporate finance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, natural resources, environmental law, real estate, and complex litigation practices. Davis Graham & Stubbs has expertise in industries like energy, mining, technology, hospitality, private equity, manufacturing, asset management, and aviation. DGS has seen some impressive attorneys come through its ranks, including Byron White—former NFL player and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Handling cases that often make front page headlines, WilmerHale is a litigation super star, with particular strength in intellectual property. The firm boasts a respectful culture where associates feel supported by partners and have the resources they need to soar with high-level matters. The firm has a deeply-rooted commitment to pro bono and opportunities to dive headfirst into meaningful projects are around every corner. WilmerHale is a good fit for those looking for a hardworking but easy going environment.
With 12 offices throughout the western United States and Mexico, Snell & Wilmer is home to more than 400 attorneys. In recent years, the firm has topped the charts as one of the largest firms in the state of Arizona. Snell & Wilmer clients include major national and multinational corporations, educational and research institutions, municipalities and government agencies, nonprofits, charitable organizations, industry executives and high-net-worth individuals. The firm counsels these clients through cross-border deals and issues related to real estate, commercial finance, antitrust and trade regulations, and labor and employment.
Exemplary work is standard at MoFo, but as its nickname suggests, the firm—and its lawyers—don’t take themselves too seriously. MoFo, including 17 global offices and more than 1,000 attorneys, excels in many practice areas, including IP and privacy, and is a stand-out in the pro bono area, assisting in a wide range of matters. Diversity and related initiatives are key at MoFo as well, as DEI activities can count toward work hours.
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 13 major practices, and the firm is lauded for its Data Protection, Privacy, and Security. Collaboration and professionalism are key to this firm’s collegial culture. Associates enjoy strong relationships with partners and benefit from an extensive team dedicated to pro bono work.
As a rare law firm not founded or based in one of the nation’s largest cities and without any international offices, Polsinelli still has risen to an impressive level with 21 offices and more than 900 attorneys. Calling Kansas City home, the firm has embraced its Midwestern roots by excelling in both client service and client relationships. Associates, too, appreciate the firm’s laidback culture and their relationships with partners.
Following a “One Firm” model where lawyers frequently work across offices and across borders, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (or BCLP) 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.
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.
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell is a litigation boutique known for going to trial nationwide and winning on behalf of its high-profile clients in industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, and services. Associates feel valued and enjoy being able to tackle substantive work from the start in the firm’s collegial, social environment. The firm and its attorneys have been recognized by the likes of U.S. News—Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and The National Law Journal.
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.
Lewis Roca is as Western as it gets, with nine offices throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and California. The firm’s clients range from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, and it operates on the motto “Experience Amplified,” which is meant to encompass the goal of delivering both exceptional legal services and positive client experiences. The firm is full service and has the ability to handle any type of corporate transaction or any stage of a dispute.
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.
With more than 180 lawyers in offices out West, Sherman & Howard refers to itself as a “regional firm with a national practice.” The firm backs up this claim with its full set of practices serving clients in industries from health care and construction to financial services and outer space. Sherman & Howard provides a full array of corporate and litigation services to companies both small and large, public and private. One standout area of expertise is financing—according to the firm, in recent years it has represented clients in more than 200 deals exceeding $13 billion.
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.
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.
As its name suggests, Kutak Rock is a force to be reckoned with in the “rocky” Mountain States and beyond. With offices spanning from California to Washington, DC, the full-service firm is especially focused on practice areas including corporate law, public and corporate finance, real estate law, and litigation. Beginning with the firm’s founder, Robert Kutak, pro bono has always been an integral. The firm supports groups like legal clinics, veteran groups, nonprofits, children’s organizations, and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Bartlit Beck proudly labels itself as “a firm of trial lawyers, not litigators.” With more than 80 attorneys in two offices—one in Chicago and one in Denver—Bartlit Beck is best known for handling high-stakes litigation of all kinds and is often hired to “save the day” just before trial begins. It’s no wonder, considering the firm’s strong lineup—the majority of Bartlit Beck lawyers have completed a federal clerkship, and 15 percent have clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ogletree Deakins is a labor & employment powerhouse, representing a range of clients from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. The firm’s work—which is not limited to labor & employment—is fast-paced and interesting for its attorneys. Founded by 16 attorneys in the Southern U.S., Ogletree Deakins has grown in both size and footprint over the last 40-plus years and is now home to over 900 attorneys in 53 offices worldwide.