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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 Technology & Innovation
#1
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 9.667
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Durie Tangri LLP
#1
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 9.667
2021 Ranking #3
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
#3
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 9.636
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
McNeill Baur, PLLC
#4
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 9.500
2021 Ranking #2
Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#5
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 9.444
2021 Ranking #11
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#6
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 9.429
2021 Ranking #13
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#7
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 9.105
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
GableGotwals
#8
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 9.000
2021 Ranking #7
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#8
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 #19
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#10
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 8.933
2021 Ranking #16
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
#11
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 8.923
2021 Ranking #12
Buckley LLP
#11
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 8.923
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Michelman & Robinson, LLP
#13
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 8.917
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
MoloLamken LLP
#13
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 8.917
2021 Ranking #10
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#15
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 8.804
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kelley Kronenberg
#16
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 8.769
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
#17
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 8.727
2021 Ranking #9
Wilkinson Stekloff
#18
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 8.688
2021 Ranking #8
Irell & Manella LLP
#19
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 8.667
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.
#20
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 8.615
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Groom Law Group, Chartered
#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 8.585
2021 Ranking #21
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#22
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 8.583
2021 Ranking #20
Tonkon Torp 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 8.565
2021 Ranking #Not Ranked
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#24
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 8.524
2021 Ranking #15
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#25
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 #24
Pryor Cashman LLP