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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 Diversity
#1
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 9.850
2021 Ranking #2
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#2
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 9.538
2021 Ranking #4
Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#3
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 9.500
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bush Seyferth PLLC
#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 9.400
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.
#5
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 9.250
2021 Ranking #10
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
#6
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 9.051
2021 Ranking #7
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#7
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Premier Chicago intellectual property firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun advises a diverse client roster made up of Fortune 500 corporations, startups, small to mid-sized companies, nonprofits, universities, research institutions, and independent inventors in its specialty areas of patent, trademark, and copyright protection and litigation. Located in Chicago’s Willis Tower, the firm is an enduring part of both Chicago’s skyline and the IP legal landscape.
SCORE 8.947
2021 Ranking #6
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#8
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 8.889
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
McNeill Baur, PLLC
#9
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 8.792
2021 Ranking #13
Buckley LLP
#10
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 8.750
2021 Ranking #21
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
#11
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 8.667
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Durie Tangri LLP
#12
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 8.636
2021 Ranking #8
Tonkon Torp LLP
#13
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 8.563
2021 Ranking #20
Kobre & Kim LLP
#14
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 8.545
2021 Ranking #5
Wilkinson Stekloff
#15
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 8.500
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Pryor Cashman LLP
#16
Kelley Kronenberg
With just north of 175 lawyers, Kelley Kronenberg is a full-service shop with its headquarters in Broward County, Florida. The firm works across myriad industries, including banking and financial services, construction, health care, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, professional services, retail, and transportation. The firm subscribes to the following core values: we are a team, we work hard, we think client, we are real, we are different, we are committed, we are leaders, and we are innovative.
SCORE 8.457
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kelley Kronenberg
#17
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 #17
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#18
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 8.316
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#19
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 8.250
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Groom Law Group, Chartered
#20
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 8.222
2021 Ranking #13
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
#21
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 8.160
2021 Ranking #16
Susman Godfrey
#22
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
With more than 125 lawyers across three New England offices, Bernstein Shur focuses on 28 key areas across a variety of industries. The firm has stayed true to its New England roots, but over the years, it has expanded beyond its Portland beginnings, with the addition of two additional offices. The firm is Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi.
SCORE 8.000
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
#22
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Nature lovers, look no further: Beveridge & Diamond is consistently rated the top firm for environmental law, which is not surprising given that the first administrator of the EPA was a founder. The firm has literally helped shaped the law, and its expertise includes environmental law, natural resource law, land use, and litigation. Government and corporate clients alike reap the benefits of the firm's specialties in ADR, high-stakes environmental and commercial litigation, toxic torts, and white collar defense.
SCORE 8.000
2021 Ranking #9
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
#24
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 7.917
2021 Ranking #13
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#25
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 7.909
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
MoloLamken LLP