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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 Compensation
#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 9.741
2021 Ranking #1
Susman Godfrey
#2
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 9.500
2021 Ranking #4
MoloLamken LLP
#3
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 9.438
2021 Ranking #2
Irell & Manella LLP
#4
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.
Kuchler Polk Weiner is a women- and minority-owned litigation boutique with offices in New Orleans and Houston. Around 30 attorneys strong, the firm packs a small but mighty punch, with companies like Exxon Mobil and Ford Motor among its clientele. Founded in 2009, the firm is majority-woman owned, with four of the five equity and founding partners being female. 
SCORE 9.364
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.
#5
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 9.160
2021 Ranking #13
Buckley LLP
#6
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 9.150
2021 Ranking #6
Hueston Hennigan LLP
#7
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 9.071
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#8
Kobre & Kim LLP
Kobre & Kim is a global law firm focused exclusively on international disputes and investigations, often involving allegations of fraud or misconduct. Founded by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors in 2003, Kobre & Kim has organically grown to more than 400 employees who work out of offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S., and the Caribbean. The firm has developed a strong reputation as a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution.
SCORE 9.059
2021 Ranking #10
Kobre & Kim LLP
#9
Wilkinson Stekloff
Wilkinson Stekloff is a high-stakes litigation firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Los Angeles and New York City. The firm can count its age on one hand, but it’s hardly a fledgling—Wilkinson Stekloff has soared from the start, achieving success after success in the courtroom. Within two months of its founding, the firm had already won its first major trial, defeating a $1.5 billion class action on behalf of Philip Morris.
SCORE 8.955
2021 Ranking #3
Wilkinson Stekloff
#10
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 8.909
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bush Seyferth PLLC
#11
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 8.857
2021 Ranking #22
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#12
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 8.778
2021 Ranking #15
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
#12
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 8.778
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
#14
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 8.750
2021 Ranking #16
Tonkon Torp LLP
#15
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 8.737
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
GableGotwals
#16
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 8.692
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Groom Law Group, Chartered
#17
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 8.667
2021 Ranking #20
Pryor Cashman LLP
#18
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 8.636
2021 Ranking #7
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
#19
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch advises and represents clients in corporate, litigation, and bankruptcy matters. Lawyers here work on challenging, sophisticated matters, but the firm’s smaller size offers a more casual, tight-knit culture. The majority of the firm's lawyers focus on litigation, from general commercial litigation and securities litigation to antitrust and white collar—and much more. Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch also has a bustling bankruptcy department, with close to two dozen of its lawyers working in this area. The firm's corporate group counsels clients on a range of areas, including capital markets and securities, joint ventures, M&A, private equity, and tax—to name some.
SCORE 8.607
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
#20
Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
Carlson Caspers is a Minneapolis firm focused on all aspects of IP law, with clients like Wells Fargo, Honeywell, Qualcomm, and Polaris. The firm’s practices include copyright, data privacy, Hatch-Waxman, IP appeals, patent counseling, patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, trademarks, and trade secrets. Though the firm only employs about 30 attorneys, its roster packs a punch—many of its lawyers have a background in tech or science.
SCORE 8.538
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
#21
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
With just under 100 attorneys, Wolf Greenfield has made a name for itself as an IP powerhouse. The firm is known for its work in patent litigation on technology matters and is no stranger to making history, having had had its hand in some of the most important IP developments over the years. In 1961, the firm successfully argued Aro Manufacturing Co. v. Convertible Top, now known as the seminal Supreme Court case covering the doctrine of permissible repair.
SCORE 8.467
2021 Ranking #19
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
#22
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 8.463
2021 Ranking #17
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#23
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 8.450
2021 Ranking #14
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#24
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Neal Gerber serves clients from a single office in Chicago, with practices in intlellectual property, litigation, business, and private wealth. The firm has a diverse client base, with a few notable examples including AOL, Beats Electronics, Citigroup, Hyatt, Illinois Tool Works, Match.com, Northern Trust, Polaroid, and United HealthCare. When they aren't working on billable matters, the firm's attorneys are proud to dedicate time to pro bono and community service throughout the Second City.
SCORE 8.409
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#25
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 8.400
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.