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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 Pro Bono
#1
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 9.667
2021 Ranking #8
Tonkon Torp LLP
#2
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 9.560
2021 Ranking #1
Buckley LLP
#3
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 9.522
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#4
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 9.357
2021 Ranking #2
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#5
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 9.273
2021 Ranking #5
Wilkinson Stekloff
#6
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 9.111
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Durie Tangri LLP
#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 9.048
2021 Ranking #3
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun 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 8.900
2021 Ranking #10
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#9
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 8.750
2021 Ranking #6
Irell & Manella LLP
#9
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
2021 Ranking #7
MoloLamken LLP
#11
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 8.273
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bush Seyferth PLLC
#12
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 8.227
2021 Ranking #13
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#13
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 8.133
2021 Ranking #4
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
#14
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 7.927
2021 Ranking #11
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#15
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 7.846
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Groom Law Group, Chartered
#16
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 7.833
2021 Ranking #17
Pryor Cashman LLP
#17
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 7.750
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#18
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
A leading Texas firm, Kelly Hart is entrenched in the city of Fort Worth, both headquartered there and serving notable Fort Worth clientele like the entrepreneurial Bass family, Justin Brands, Anne W. Marion and the Burnett Companies, American Airlines, Pier 1, and BNSF Railway. As the firm has grown, so has its client list, which includes additional Fortune 500 companies, individuals, investor groups, and governmental entities from around Texas and the nation.
SCORE 7.727
2021 Ranking #12
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
#19
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 7.718
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Hueston Hennigan LLP
#20
Michelman & Robinson, LLP
With more than 65 attorneys across five offices (three in California, one in New York City, one in Chicago), Michelman & Robinson, LLP represents clients from an array of industries—though it is especially well known for its work in the insurance industry—and with 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 7.692
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Michelman & Robinson, LLP
#21
Nossaman LLP
Midsize firm Nossaman is California cool, with four of its seven offices located in the Golden State. Though it was initially founded as a tax firm (Nossaman himself wrote the book on trusts and taxation), associates today can practice law across a vast array of corporate and litigation practices. The firm operates with a holistic, client-centered approach where lawyers work across practice areas to best meet client needs.
SCORE 7.636
2021 Ranking #23
Nossaman LLP
#21
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 7.636
2021 Ranking #25
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
#23
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 7.579
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
GableGotwals
#24
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 7.545
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
#25
Downey Brand LLP
With offices in California and Las Vegas, 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 7.536
2021 Ranking #13
Downey Brand LLP