Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

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2023 Best Midsize Law Firms for Associate/Partner Relations
#1

Durie Tangri LLP

Since opening its doors, Durie Tangri has had a hand in a number IP cases establishing new precedent and other high-profile cases beyond the IP world. At just under 40 lawyers, it represents some big names, including Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yelp, Fitbit, Zynga, Netflix, Microsoft, and Facebook. Durie Tangri is not only a top IP and litigation boutique, it’s also a firm where associates report a high satisfaction. They give the firm high marks in such discrete areas as associate/partner relations, technology, culture, training, and more.

SCORE 9.875

2022 Ranking

#1

Durie Tangri LLP
#2

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Robinson Bradshaw is a growing firm of more than 160 attorneys, with four offices operating in and around North Carolina. Prospective associates are expected to work primarily from one of the firm’s offices, but those who do have a strong chance of making partner so long as they stick around (and that is what they want for their career). With no billable-hour requirement and with lockstep compensation, Robinson Bradshaw makes the top five in our rankings for career outlook, hours, satisfaction, associate/partner relations, and firm culture.

SCORE 9.846

2022 Ranking

#4

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#3

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Since its founding in 1986, Friedman Kaplan has grown to be one of the preeminent boutiques in the Big Apple. Nearly 50 attorneys in New York and New Jersey practice in corporate, white collar, and--the firm's specialty--litigation, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm's representations are varied. The firm's attorneys represented Wells Fargo and Wachovia in a multibillion dollar dispute with Citigroup and won a $1.3 billion dollar settlement on behalf of two hedge funds against the Republic of Argentina to recover on defaulted bonds. Chuck Blazer, the founder of organized American soccer, called on Friedman Kaplan for representation in investigations into bribery related to the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bids.

SCORE 9.800

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
#4

Bookoff McAndrews PLLC

Based in Washington, DC, Bookoff McAndrews focuses on patent counseling and prosecution for technology companies. Founded in 2012, the patent boutique has been recognized by Chambers and Forbes, among others, for its stellar work as a top IP firm. BoMc is committed to diversity, celebrates the outside interests of its attorneys, and embraces work-life balance as much as possible in a busy practice, as evidenced by its rank as Vault’s No. 1 Best Midsize Law Firm to Work For.

SCORE 9.774

2022 Ranking

#3

Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#5

Stotler Hayes Group LLC

Stotler Hayes is a boutique law firm with a national presence and a unique identity. Not only is the firm entirely remote (save for an office in South Carolina for support staff), it has a client base comprised solely of health care providers, including long term care and skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes, acute and sub-acute hospitals, and durable medical equipment providers. Not only do the firm's practices all relate to health care, but the firm emphasizes the health of its own employees through a variety of wellness initiatives.

SCORE 9.647

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#6

Harrity & Harrity LLP

Harrity & Harrity is a patent firm that focuses on electrical and mechanical technologies. The firm services many high-profile clients, including Fortune 500 companies, and it takes pride in serving its clients for the long haul. Harrity’s patent attorneys have experience in a broad range of industries, from aerospace to health care to financial services and more. Associates experience great work-life balance here, as the firm operates on a production-based compensation system rather than the billable hour.

SCORE 9.571

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Harrity & Harrity LLP
#7

Shartsis Friese LLP

Almost 50 years old, Shartsis Friese opened its doors in San Francisco as an alternative to large national law firms. It has grown to over 60 attorneys who specialize in the areas of corporate law, litigation, estate planning, real estate, taxation, and venture capital. The firm’s low turnover model creates familiarity and continuity for clients, who appreciate the personal service. Clients also like the firm’s commitment to lower billing rates.

SCORE 9.556

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Shartsis Friese LLP
#8

Pryor Cashman LLP

The beginnings of Pryor Cashman are consistent with its strongest practice today: The firm was founded as an entertainment law boutique firm. With locations in New York, LA, and Miami, the firm has brushed legal shoulders with some of the biggest icons in pop culture, including Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and others, though the firm has morphed into a full-service firm that serves mid-market clients in nearly every way.

SCORE 9.550

2022 Ranking

#12

Pryor Cashman LLP
#9

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Founded in 1962 with three attorneys in the Bay Area, Farella is now a midsize firm, home to over 120 attorneys, with a strong reputation in the areas of corporate transactions and complex commercial litigation, particularly strong credentials in the renewable energy industry, and—uniquely—a wine industry team serving vintners and distributors out of their Napa Valley office. The firm is nationally recognized by publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers, Law360, and Benchmark Litigation.

SCORE 9.471

2022 Ranking

#10

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#10

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff is an intellectual property law firm with offices in Illinois and California. The firm's client list includes Fortune 100 companies, midsize companies, startups, and academic institutions. MBHB attorneys are experienced in the procurement, licensing, enforcement, and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition actions in a number of technological disciplines and product categories, including biotechnology, business methods, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, software, and telecommunications.

SCORE 9.375

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#11

Downey Brand LLP

With offices in California and Reno, Downey Brand serves the region’s clients in a number of practice areas and industries. Those seeking environmental law will find their interest piqued by the firm’s prominent natural resources group, which works in such areas as air quality, environmental enforcement defense, environmental remediation, land use, and water law.  The firm also serves as outside general counsel for many of Northern California’s leading companies, including privately held and family-owned companies, nonprofits, and publicly traded companies.

SCORE 9.364

2022 Ranking

#15

Downey Brand LLP
#12

Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing

Based in Houston, TX and home to over 50 lawyers, AZA is a boutique litigation firm that prides itself on being “Talented, Tough and Courtroom-Tested.” Attorneys participate in substantive trial work from the start of their time with AZA, contributing to the firm’s strength in the courtroom. The firm takes clients of all sizes, from multinational companies to individuals, and is known for its skill in both commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, among other practice areas.

SCORE 9.346

2022 Ranking

#19

Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing
#13

Groom Law Group, Chartered

Based in Washington, DC, Groom Law Group is home to more than 85 attorneys. Founded in the wake of the passage of ERISA, Groom Law Group focuses on employee benefits, health, and retirement matters. The firm's client roster has included the NFL Players Association, Campbell Soup Company, CBS, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, CIGNA, ING, UnitedHealth Group, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, New York Life Insurance, and many, many others.

SCORE 9.333

2022 Ranking

#11

Groom Law Group, Chartered
#13

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

A leading Texas firm, Kelly Hart is entrenched in the city of Fort Worth, both headquartered there and serving notable Fort Worth clientele like the entrepreneurial Bass family, Justin Brands, Anne W. Marion and the Burnett Companies, American Airlines, Pier 1, and BNSF Railway. As the firm has grown, so has its client list, which includes additional Fortune 500 companies, individuals, investor groups, and governmental entities from around Texas and the nation.

SCORE 9.333

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
#15

MoloLamken LLP

In just over a decade of existence and with fewer than 40 attorneys, MoloLamken has quickly made a name for itself among the heavy hitters of boutique litigation shops. With offices in three of the country’s major metropolises—New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC—MoloLamken’s attorneys focus on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and intellectual property. MoloLamken only hires laterally, putting a premium on experience when it comes to handling the high-stakes, complicated cases the firm takes on.

SCORE 9.308

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

MoloLamken LLP
#16

Hueston Hennigan LLP

With more than 75 lawyers in Southern California, Hueston Hennigan is a litigation boutique that has made a name for itself as one of the go-to trial firms in the country. The firm prides itself in handling high-stakes litigation with an eye toward trial from the start. Its litigators work across nearly 20 practice areas, including antitrust, appellate, commercial litigation, consumer fraud, class actions, health care, securities, trade secrets, and white collar, to name a handful.

SCORE 9.289

2022 Ranking

#18

Hueston Hennigan LLP
#17

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Wolf Greenfield is an IP-focused midsize firm based in Boston, with an additional office in New York. The firm covers all aspects of IP, from patent prosecution through post-grant proceedings at the Patent Office, International Trade Commission litigation, and litigation before all levels of the federal courts. Most attorneys at the firm have degrees from multiple educational fields, with almost all having backgrounds in engineering or science and over half having worked in those fields before coming to the law.

SCORE 9.267

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
#18

Caldwell IP

Caldwell IP is fast growing and boasts a roster of accomplished IP attorneys and technical specialists. This firm fits the bill for attorneys seeking an innovative workplace that prioritizes associate well-being and offers strong mentorship.

SCORE 9.250

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Caldwell IP
#18

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

With its one and only location in Los Angeles, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP is a full-service firm with nearly 100 lawyers. Among the areas the firm covers include bankruptcy, corporate, entertainment, environmental law, and private wealth services. The firm is well known for its work in the entertainment sphere. You'll probably recognize a few of these client names: James Cameron, Vin Diesel and One Race, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Cruise, Riot Games, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Marvel Entertainment, and the estate of Bob Marley.

SCORE 9.250

2022 Ranking

#7

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#20

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Headquartered in Chicago, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun is an intellectual property firm that works with clients on six continents. The firm has participated in numerous Supreme Court cases related to IP law since its founding in 1955 and has been recognized as a leader in its field by major publications. Firm attorneys hold degrees in science or engineering—in addition to their juris doctorates—to ensure the best possible representation for their clients.

SCORE 9.231

2022 Ranking

#20

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#20

McNeill Baur PLLC

McNeill Baur is the ultimate haven for patent attorneys seeking maximum flexibility. The firm is fully remote and allows attorneys to set their own billable-hours goal, which results in associates who are very pleased with their work-life balance. And while the firm prioritizes the needs of attorneys and staff, it certainly isn’t lacking in the quality of work and caliber of clients served. The firm is well regarded for its IP work, even despite its relatively young age.

SCORE 9.231

2022 Ranking

#21

McNeill Baur PLLC
#22

Bush Seyferth PLLC

A boutique litigation firm, Bush Seyferth excels at representing its clients in product liability, complex commercial litigation, class actions, and appellate matters, from class certifications and summary judgments to victory at trial. Michigan-based but with a nationwide reach, Bush Seyferth is the litigation firm of choice for many automobile manufacturers, among other clients. On top of its strong external reputation, the firm is a welcoming place to work. Associates report an “open door” atmosphere and friendly relationships from staff to partners.

SCORE 9.211

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Bush Seyferth PLLC
#23

Buckley LLP

Buckley focuses on financial services, government enforcement, and litigation. The firm’s client roster includes 26 of the largest consumer banks in the U.S., yet associates enjoy work-life balance with a relatively low billable-hour requirement.

SCORE 9.200

2022 Ranking

#14

Buckley LLP
#24

Desmarais LLP

Just over a decade since its founding, Desmarais is an IP-focused trial firm with offices in New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. The firm represents technology powerhouses such as Apple, Cisco, and IBM, as well as major life sciences and medical-device clients such as Acelity, Boston Scientific, Enzo Biochem, and GSK. A popular aspect of working here is the lack of billable hours—instead, the firm uses tailored alternative fee arrangements.

SCORE 9.100

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Desmarais LLP
#24

Kobre & Kim LLP

A global litigation firm founded in 2003 by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, Kobre & Kim is now home to more than 120 attorneys worldwide. It is a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. Uniquely, the firm generally avoids repeat client relationships—and the associated conflicts of interest—and thus is often engaged by other law firms to act as special litigation counsel to handle trial work in complex disputes.

SCORE 9.100

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Kobre & Kim LLP