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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 Firm Culture
#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 9.545
2021 Ranking #2
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#1
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 9.545
2021 Ranking #5
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#3
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 9.444
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Durie Tangri LLP
#4
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 9.385
2021 Ranking #19
Buckley LLP
#5
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 9.318
2021 Ranking #6
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#6
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 9.286
2021 Ranking #23
Pryor Cashman LLP
#7
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 9.267
2021 Ranking #7
Susman Godfrey
#8
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 9.250
2021 Ranking #2
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
#9
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 9.227
2021 Ranking #10
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#10
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 9.200
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#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 9.111
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
#11
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 9.111
2021 Ranking #21
Caplin & Drysdale
#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 9.071
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Groom Law Group, Chartered
#14
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 #9
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
#14
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 9.000
2021 Ranking #13
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#14
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 9.000
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#17
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 8.909
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
McNeill Baur PLLC
#18
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 8.867
2021 Ranking #18
Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#19
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 8.842
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
GableGotwals
#20
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 8.826
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#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 8.810
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#22
Downey Brand LLP
With offices in California and Nevada, 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 8.759
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Downey Brand LLP
#23
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 8.750
2021 Ranking #13
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#23
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 #20
Tonkon Torp LLP
#25
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 8.636
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
#25
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 8.636
2021 Ranking #12
Wilkinson Stekloff