Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

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2022 Most Selective Midsize Law Firms
#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 10.000

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 9.583

2021 Ranking

#6

MoloLamken LLP
#3

Kobre & Kim LLP

A global litigation firm founded in 2003 by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, Kobre & Kim is now home to more than 120 attorneys worldwide. It is a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. Uniquely, the firm generally avoids repeat client relationships—and the associated conflicts of interest—and thus is often engaged by other law firms to act as special litigation counsel to handle trial work in complex disputes.

SCORE 9.571

2021 Ranking

#11

Kobre & Kim LLP
#4

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP

Smyser Kaplan is a small litigation boutique of less than 30 attorneys with a list of big-name clients that come to them for their expertise in litigating (and arbitrating) commercial disputes, white collar, energy, IP, healthcare and securities matters. Founded in 1995, the firm is home to a friendly yet focused culture that it has fostered since its inception. Headquartered in Houston, TX, with a second office in New Orleans, LA, the firm is highly engaged with its hometown.

SCORE 9.500

2021 Ranking

#4

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
#5

Wilkinson Stekloff

Wilkinson Stekloff is a boutique litigation firm established in 2016 with offices in three key cities—Washington, DC; New York City; and Los Angeles. Small but mighty, the firm focuses on winning high-stakes trials while also actively encouraging its attorneys to take on bono matters. Wilkinson Stekloff also eschews the traditional billable model, both in client fee arrangements and for the attorneys at the firm, a move appreciated by all parties.

SCORE 9.400

2021 Ranking

#3

Wilkinson Stekloff
#6

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

Based in Houston, TX and home to over 50 lawyers, AZA is a boutique litigation firm that prides itself on being “Talented, Tough and Courtroom-Tested.” Attorneys participate in substantive trial work from the start of their time with AZA, contributing to the firm’s strength in the courtroom. The firm takes clients of all sizes, from multinational companies to individuals, and is known for its skill in both commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, among other practice areas.

SCORE 9.385

2021 Ranking

#9

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
#7

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 9.359

2021 Ranking

#8

Kellogg Hansen
#8

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Robinson Bradshaw is a growing firm of more than 160 attorneys, with four offices operating in and around North Carolina. Prospective associates are expected to work primarily from one of the firm’s offices, but those who do have a strong chance of making partner so long as they stick around (and that is what they want for their career). With no billable-hour requirement and with lockstep compensation, Robinson Bradshaw makes the top five in our rankings for career outlook, hours, satisfaction, associate/partner relations, and firm culture.

SCORE 9.211

2021 Ranking

#10

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#9

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Founded in 1962 with three attorneys in the Bay Area, Farella is now a midsize firm, home to over 120 attorneys, with a strong reputation in the areas of corporate transactions and complex commercial litigation, particularly strong credentials in the renewable energy industry, and—uniquely—a wine industry team serving vintners and distributors out of their Napa Valley office. The firm is nationally recognized by publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers, Law360, and Benchmark Litigation.

SCORE 9.063

2021 Ranking

#17

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#10

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 9.000

2021 Ranking

#22

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#10

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 9.000

2021 Ranking

#25

Tonkon Torp LLP
#10

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell is a litigation boutique known for going to trial nationwide and winning on behalf of its high-profile clients in industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, and services. Associates feel valued and enjoy being able to tackle substantive work from the start in the firm’s collegial, social environment. The firm and its attorneys have been recognized by the likes of U.S. News—Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and The National Law Journal.

SCORE 9.000

2021 Ranking

#16

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#13

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 8.947

2021 Ranking

#13

Hueston Hennigan LLP
#14

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 8.933

2021 Ranking

#7

Irell & Manella LLP
#15

GableGotwals

As one of the largest firms in Oklahoma, with 100 attorneys divided among two offices, GableGotwals has made its mark on the state’s 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 8.833

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

GableGotwals
#16

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 8.750

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Durie Tangri LLP
#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

#Not Ranked

Pryor Cashman LLP
#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 8.650

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Buckley LLP
#19

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 8.600

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
#20

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 8.594

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#21

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 8.556

2021 Ranking

#20

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#22

Desmarais LLP

Just over a decade since its founding, Desmarais is an IP-focused trial firm with offices in New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. The firm represents technology powerhouses such as Apple, Cisco, and IBM, as well as major life sciences and medical-device clients such as Acelity, Boston Scientific, Enzo Biochem, and GSK. A popular aspect of working here is the lack of billable hours—instead, the firm uses tailored alternative fee arrangements.

SCORE 8.538

2021 Ranking

#11

Desmarais LLP
#23

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Headquartered in Chicago, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun is an intellectual property firm that works with clients on six continents. The firm has participated in numerous Supreme Court cases related to IP law since its founding in 1955 and has been recognized as a leader in its field by major publications. Firm attorneys hold degrees in science or engineering—in addition to their juris doctorates—to ensure the best possible representation for their clients.

SCORE 8.500

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#23

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 8.500

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#25

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Wolf Greenfield is an IP-focused midsize firm based in Boston, with an additional office in New York. The firm covers all aspects of IP, from patent prosecution through post-grant proceedings at the Patent Office, International Trade Commission litigation, and litigation before all levels of the federal courts. Most attorneys at the firm have degrees from multiple educational fields, with almost all having backgrounds in engineering or science and over half having worked in those fields before coming to the law.

SCORE 8.455

2021 Ranking

#23

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.