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2022 Best Law Firms in the Mountain States
#1

Gibson Dunn

A litigation powerhouse, appellate all-star, and corporate law force, Gibson Dunn is a V10 firm with an impressive practice and client list. Gibson attracts go-getters who will succeed in the firm’s free-market system and mesh with the professional, amiable culture. With more than 1,400 attorneys across 10 countries, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is a force. Among the top firms in the country, Gibson Dunn is well known for its litigation and trial work—especially its bustling Appellate Litigation and Securities Litigation practices—as well as its top-notch antitrust, M&A, private equity, and real estate work, among others.

SCORE 7.241

2021 Ranking

#1

Gibson Dunn
#2

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 7.176

2021 Ranking

#2

Hogan Lovells
#3

Perkins Coie LLP

Pacific Northwest-powerhouse 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. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications.

SCORE 7.161

2021 Ranking

#3

Perkins Coie LLP
#4

Holland & Hart LLP

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.

SCORE 7.124

2021 Ranking

#5

Holland & Hart LLP
#5

Cooley

The go-to firm for startups and early-stage companies, Cooley is ideal for those seeking cutting-edge work with innovative clients. The firm has a highly social culture that will no doubt appeal to affable personalities and boasts a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. With more than 1,200 lawyers practicing across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Cooley is synonymous with tech and venture capital work. The firm is also well regarded for its clean tech, cyber/data/privacy, IP, M&A, private equity, and securities practices.

SCORE 7.099

2021 Ranking

#4

Cooley
#6

WilmerHale

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. With 1,000 lawyers across the U.S., Asia, and Europe, WilmerHale is known especially for its work in IP, securities, and appellate litigation, as well as its life sciences and technology experience. The firm counsels in a range of industries, including aviation; big data, Brexit; education; energy, environment, and natural resources; financial services; health care; insurance; media and entertainment; national security; professional services; and technology.

SCORE 6.829

2021 Ranking

#7

WilmerHale
#7

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

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.

SCORE 6.586

2021 Ranking

#13

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
#8

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

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.

SCORE 6.527

2021 Ranking

#11

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
#9

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

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.

SCORE 6.510

2021 Ranking

#14

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
#10

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 6.344

2021 Ranking

#12

Polsinelli PC
#11

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 6.291

2021 Ranking

#19

Dentons
#12

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Exemplary work is standard at MoFo, but as its nickname suggests, the firm—and its lawyers—don’t take themselves too seriously. MoFo 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. MoFo complements its expertise in IP, finance, life sciences, technology, and litigation with a long reach across the Pacific Rim and, more recently, into Europe.

SCORE 6.268

2021 Ranking

#8

Morrison & Foerster LLP
#13

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 6.222

2021 Ranking

#9

DLA Piper
#14

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 6.198

2021 Ranking

#6

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
#15

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 6.125

2021 Ranking

#10

#16

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 6.029

2021 Ranking

#20

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
#17

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 5.989

2021 Ranking

#15

Ballard Spahr
#18

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

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.

SCORE 5.956

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#19

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 5.836

2021 Ranking

#16

Faegre Drinker
#20

Bartlit Beck LLP

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.

SCORE 5.706

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Bartlit Beck LLP
#21

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 5.612

2021 Ranking

#18

Husch Blackwell LLP
#22

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

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.

SCORE 5.525

2021 Ranking

#17

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
#23

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 5.515

2021 Ranking

#25

BakerHostetler
#24

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

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.

SCORE 5.314

2021 Ranking

#21

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
#25

Kutak Rock LLP

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.

SCORE 5.125

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Kutak Rock LLP