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Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For
Associates at midsize law firms assessed their own firms on a range of workplace issues related to career development, job satisfaction, and quality of life. 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 Midsize Law Firms for Career Outlook
#1
Susman Godfrey
It doesn’t get better for litigators than Susman Godfrey. Junior associates are given immediate responsibility and are treated like future partners. And despite long hours, the firm is very social, and firm-hosted retreats are a notable favorite. Since its founding in 1980, Susman Godfrey has established itself as the nation’s premiere litigation firm. Susman Godfrey has more than 130 partners and associates across four offices—its original Houston location as well as offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. The firm handles huge cases across the country for both plaintiffs and defendants. 
SCORE 9.630
2021 Ranking #1
Susman Godfrey
#2
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Robinson Bradshaw is a presence in the Carolinas, where it has deep roots. The firm specializes in corporate and commercial law, particularly complex corporate transactions and litigation. Robinson Bradshaw prides itself on its collaborative work style—unlike many of its peers, it eschews a billable-hours requirement so that lawyers can focus on the work itself rather than the compensation generated from the work.
SCORE 9.450
2021 Ranking #3
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#3
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
Bookoff McAndrews is a leading patent boutique in Washington, DC. As Vault’s No. 1 Best Midsize Law Firm to Work For, associates rave about their experience working here—from the amazing culture to the high-level work they tackle. Since opening its doors in 2012, BoMc has grown to more than 35 attorneys and has attained nationwide recognition for its work with high-profile clients, including high-tech startups and Fortune 500 companies.
SCORE 9.333
2021 Ranking #5
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#4
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
Founded in 1995 in Houston, Texas, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka is a litigation boutique with just under 30 attorneys. The firm’s practice includes commercial disputes, white collar, energy, intellectual property, healthcare, and securities. The firm is known for litigating high-profile matters to trial but also skillfully steers cases to arbitration when necessary. Among Smyser Kaplan & Veselka’s clients are Shell Oil Company, Michael’s Organization, Celotex, Visa, Quantlab Financial LLC, BNSF Railway Company, and BHP Billiton Petroleum.
SCORE 9.200
2021 Ranking #6
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
#5
Bush Seyferth PLLC
Bush Seyferth PLLC is a Michigan-based litigation boutique with a nationwide reach. With about 30 attorneys on staff, the firm covers its home state from east to west, with offices located in Kalamazoo and Troy. The founders are indicative of the caliber of legal talent the firm employs. Cheryl Bush has won 95.97 percent of her jury trials, and Patrick Seyfarth has successfully handled high-profile class action, commercial litigation, and catastrophic product liability matters in 23 states.
SCORE 9.182
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bush Seyferth PLLC
#6
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
Litigation boutique Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell is known for going to trial nationwide and winning on behalf of its Fortune 500 clientele. The high-profile clients who have received WTO's much sought-after litigation expertise come from a wide range of industries—such as manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, and services—and include Whirlpool, General Electric, Michelin, CenturyLink, USAA, FCA (formerly known as Chrysler Group), Ford, AT&T, Pfizer, Allstate, McKesson, Electrolux, Mercedes-Benz, and Vail Resorts, among others.
SCORE 9.167
2021 Ranking #13
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell 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 9.083
2021 Ranking #10
Tonkon Torp LLP
#8
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Farella Braun is a Northern California firm equipped to handle complex business transactions and disputes. The firm not only has a top-notch renewable energy practice, but it was also a law firm leader in becoming certified as a Green Business. As a regional firm with a national reach, Farella represents multinational corporations, privately owned entities, exempt organizations, and individuals in business transactions and complex litigation. 
SCORE 9.053
2021 Ranking #10
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#9
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
At just over 50 attorneys, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery is an intellectual property firm with a global reach. Fitch Even clients hail from around the world and are a diverse bunch. Client include individuals, small business, start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, universities, hospitals, venture capital firms, and research institutions. Originating from the Windy City, the firm now has five offices coast-to-coast. The firm also has a strategic alliance with Wood IP LLC, a minority- and veteran-owned IP firm in Washington, DC. 
SCORE 9.000
2021 Ranking #15
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
#9
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 9.000
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
#11
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
AZA is a top litigation boutique located in Houston, Texas, providing expertise to both plaintiffs and defendants. Though it tackles disputes of any kind, IP and energy are some of the most frequently occurring subject matters in its caseload.
SCORE 8.920
2021 Ranking #9
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
#12
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 8.846
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Groom Law Group, Chartered
#13
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 8.818
2021 Ranking #21
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#14
GableGotwals
As one of the largest firms in Oklahoma, with approximately 100 attorneys divided among two offices, GableGotwals has made its mark on the states’ legal market in more ways than one. The firm has grown above and beyond its humble beginnings in 1944, now touting clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations and well-known foundations to entrepreneurs and privately owned companies. Although GableGotwals’ primary practice is in litigation and business transactions, the firm’s attorneys focus on dozens of practice areas.
SCORE 8.789
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
GableGotwals
#15
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 8.778
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Caplin & Drysdale
#15
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 8.778
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Durie Tangri LLP
#17
McNeill Baur, PLLC
Focused on patents in the life sciences area, McNeill Baur is home to nearly 20 lawyers as well as a team of patent agents, patent prosecution coordinators, and technical specialists. The firm assists clients with all aspects of patent prosecution as well as patent opinions, due diligence investigations, patent appeals, and USPTO proceedings. Lawyers at the firm also consult on clients’ IP portfolios. The firm values work-life balance, with lawyers crafting their own work plan and billable-hour goals.
SCORE 8.636
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
McNeill Baur, PLLC
#18
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 8.600
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Buckley LLP
#19
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Operating out of two offices in Massachusetts, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a northeast staple. A full-service, midsize firm, Nutter has around 150 lawyers working across a dozen industries. Lawyers at Nutter bring a host of experience in such areas as corporate, IP, labor and employment, litigation, privacy and data security, private client, public policy, real estate, and tax. The firm’s catch phrase is enough to set it apart from the competition: “uncommon law.”
SCORE 8.571
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#20
Irell & Manella LLP
Irell & Manella associates are lucky to work with friendly colleagues and partners who provide great mentorship and training. They also appreciate that they are given early responsibility and experience—and they are well compensated for it. A Southern California powerhouse for 80 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes cases, serving clients worldwide from just three locations in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Washington, DC.
SCORE 8.563
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Irell & Manella LLP
#21
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. A relatively young firm, Kellogg Hansen was formed in 1993 when three BigLaw partners jumped ship to form their own small firm focused on trial and appellate litigation. Since then, the firm has grown to house more than 90 attorneys, all trial and appellate specialists. Nearly every partner and associate served as a law clerk for a federal judge and more than a dozen clerked for Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
SCORE 8.561
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kellogg Hansen
#21
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Sterne Kessler is an IP powerhouse and over the years has had its hand in multiple cases that shaped the landscape of IP law. The DC-based firm represents clients like Google, Adidas, Apple, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Teva, Pepsico, and the University of California. Associates take pride in the firm's Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice—the first of its kind—that focuses on the interplay of intellectual property principles and human rights
SCORE 8.561
2021 Ranking #18
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#23
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 8.444
2021 Ranking #14
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#24
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 8.417
2021 Ranking #25
MoloLamken LLP
#25
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 8.357
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Stotler Hayes Group LLC