Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

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2023 Best Midsize Law Firms for Career Outlook
#1

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 9.615

2022 Ranking

#2

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#2

Susman Godfrey

It doesn’t get better for litigators than Susman Godfrey, an elite litigation boutique with four domestic offices and only 140 attorneys. Junior associates are given immediate responsibility and are treated like future partners. Susman is known as well for other innovations, including contingency fee arrangements in representing both plaintiffs and defendants. And despite long hours and intense work, the firm is very social, and firm-hosted retreats are a notable favorite.  

SCORE 9.519

2022 Ranking

#1

Susman Godfrey
#3

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 9.355

2022 Ranking

#3

Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#4

Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC

Hooper Lundy is the largest firm in the country to focus only on health care providers and suppliers, which gives it a reputable niche in the health care industry. The firm is well suited for associates who thrive in a team-oriented culture and want early hands-on experience under the guidance of dedicated mentors. The firm is also a certified provider of continuing legal education and provides in-house legal training on health care issues that are not available to the general bar.

SCORE 9.231

2022 Ranking

#9

Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
#5

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 9.176

2022 Ranking

#8

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#6

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 9.125

2022 Ranking

#23

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#7

Tonkon Torp LLP

The reach of Oregon-based firm Tonkon Torp extends far beyond its home state. The firm has represented some of the largest and most influential companies in the world, including Portland General Electric, sneaker giant Nike, and real estate mammoth Blackstone. Attorneys at Tonkon Torp cover a full range of practice areas, including bankruptcy, corporate, cannabis, employment, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax. Best Lawyers in America® named six Tonkon attorneys as 2019 Portland Lawyers of the Year.

SCORE 9.111

2022 Ranking

#7

Tonkon Torp LLP
#8

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 9.063

2022 Ranking

#13

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#9

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 9.000

2022 Ranking

#15

Durie Tangri LLP
#10

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 8.964

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Harrity & Harrity LLP
#11

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 8.935

2022 Ranking

#6

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#12

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 8.929

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Desmarais LLP
#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 8.917

2022 Ranking

#12

Groom Law Group, Chartered
#14

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 8.895

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Hueston Hennigan LLP
#15

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 8.875

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Caldwell IP
#16

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 8.867

2022 Ranking

#18

Buckley LLP
#17

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 8.778

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Shartsis Friese LLP
#18

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 8.769

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#19

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 8.750

2022 Ranking

#24

MoloLamken LLP
#20

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 8.727

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Downey Brand LLP
#21

Michelman & Robinson, LLP

With nearly 80 attorneys across seven offices—three in California, one in New York City, one in Chicago, and two in Texas—Michelman & Robinson, LLP represents clients from an array of industries. The firm is especially well known for its work in the insurance industry, but also excels in advertising & digital media, banking & finance, hospitality, energy, and music & entertainment, and has had an impressive string of significant victories as of late. The firm puts a premium on training and offers education for both professionals and attorneys through its “M&R University.”

SCORE 8.577

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Michelman & Robinson, LLP
#22

Kellogg Hansen

Kellogg Hansen offers those with clerkship experience a place to quickly sharpen their litigation skills. Associates work on small teams, which means direct interaction with partners and the opportunity to dive into challenging work from day one.

SCORE 8.535

2022 Ranking

#21

Kellogg Hansen
#23

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 8.529

2022 Ranking

#25

Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#24

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

DC-based Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox is a top IP boutique, home to approximately 150 attorneys focused on the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm has led the way in litigating cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board since PTAB’s 2012 creation. SKGF is also home to an Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice—the first of its kind—which focuses on the interplay of intellectual property principles and human rights.

SCORE 8.520

2022 Ranking

#21

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#25

Caplin & Drysdale

Caplin & Drysdale boasts one of the nation's top tax practices and consistently places as one of Vault’s Best Law Firms for Tax Law. National and international rankings list Caplin & Drysdale’s tax practice alongside those of firms 10 and 20 times its size. But the firm has more than tax expertise, with top-tier practices in litigation, political law, and more. The firm takes pride in providing top-notch legal services while maintaining a small size that allows for close client relationships.

SCORE 8.500

2022 Ranking

#15

Caplin & Drysdale
#25

Irell & Manella LLP

Irell & Manella has been around since 1941 and has resisted any temptation to engage in outrageous expansion efforts, so that it has maintained a small to midsize firm feel. The firm has only three offices—two in Southern California and one in Washington, DC—and only 70 attorneys, and does exemplary work in the areas of intellectual property litigation and general business litigation.

SCORE 8.500

2022 Ranking

#20

Irell & Manella LLP