Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

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2023 Best Midsize Law Firms for Technology & Innovation
#1

Harrity & Harrity LLP

Harrity & Harrity is a patent firm that focuses on electrical and mechanical technologies. The firm services many high-profile clients, including Fortune 500 companies, and it takes pride in serving its clients for the long haul. Harrity’s patent attorneys have experience in a broad range of industries, from aerospace to health care to financial services and more. Associates experience great work-life balance here, as the firm operates on a production-based compensation system rather than the billable hour.

SCORE 9.643

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Harrity & Harrity LLP
#2

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 9.625

2022 Ranking

#1

Durie Tangri LLP
#3

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 9.500

2022 Ranking

#5

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#4

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 9.308

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#5

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 9.294

2022 Ranking

#4

Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#6

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 9.235

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#7

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 9.200

2022 Ranking

#10

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
#8

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 9.154

2022 Ranking

#3

McNeill Baur PLLC
#9

Bookoff McAndrews PLLC

Based in Washington, DC, Bookoff McAndrews focuses on patent counseling and prosecution for technology companies. Founded in 2012, the patent boutique has been recognized by Chambers and Forbes, among others, for its stellar work as a top IP firm. BoMc is committed to diversity, celebrates the outside interests of its attorneys, and embraces work-life balance as much as possible in a busy practice, as evidenced by its rank as Vault’s No. 1 Best Midsize Law Firm to Work For.

SCORE 9.097

2022 Ranking

#8

Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#10

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 8.933

2022 Ranking

#11

Buckley LLP
#11

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Windy City-based Banner Witcoff is a top IP boutique that offers a friendly, open-door culture. It also boasts a strong pro bono practice, which has included work on numerous amicus briefs related to novel IP issues. With its reputation as a firm that has helped shaped IP law, including through work on groundbreaking Supreme Court cases, the Banner Witcoff name certainly carries a lot of weight in the IP world.

SCORE 8.867

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
#12

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 8.781

2022 Ranking

#6

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
#13

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 8.615

2022 Ranking

#24

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
#14

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Since its founding in 1986, Friedman Kaplan has grown to be one of the preeminent boutiques in the Big Apple. Approximately 50 attorneys in New York and New Jersey practice in corporate, white collar, and--the firm's specialty--litigation, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm's representations are varied. The firm's attorneys represented Wells Fargo and Wachovia in a multibillion dollar dispute with Citigroup and won a $1.3 billion dollar settlement on behalf of two hedge funds against the Republic of Argentina to recover on defaulted bonds. Chuck Blazer, the founder of organized American soccer, called on Friedman Kaplan for representation in investigations into bribery related to the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bids.

SCORE 8.556

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
#15

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 8.536

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Nossaman LLP
#16

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 8.469

2022 Ranking

#13

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#17

Susman Godfrey

It doesn’t get better for litigators than Susman Godfrey, an elite litigation boutique with four domestic offices and only 140 attorneys. Junior associates are given immediate responsibility and are treated like future partners. Susman is known as well for other innovations, including contingency fee arrangements in representing both plaintiffs and defendants. And despite long hours and intense work, the firm is very social, and firm-hosted retreats are a notable favorite.  

SCORE 8.444

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Susman Godfrey
#18

Caldwell IP

Caldwell IP is fast growing and boasts a roster of accomplished IP attorneys and technical specialists. This firm fits the bill for attorneys seeking an innovative workplace that prioritizes associate well-being and offers strong mentorship.

SCORE 8.375

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Caldwell IP
#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 8.342

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Hueston Hennigan LLP
#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 8.333

2022 Ranking

#20

Groom Law Group, Chartered
#21

Bush Seyferth PLLC

A boutique litigation firm, Bush Seyferth excels at representing its clients in product liability, complex commercial litigation, class actions, and appellate matters, from class certifications and summary judgments to victory at trial. Michigan-based but with a nationwide reach, Bush Seyferth is the litigation firm of choice for many automobile manufacturers, among other clients. On top of its strong external reputation, the firm is a welcoming place to work. Associates report an “open door” atmosphere and friendly relationships from staff to partners.

SCORE 8.316

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Bush Seyferth PLLC
#22

Reminger

Reminger is a full-service, growing litigation firm founded 65 years ago, with 15 offices in the Midwest and South and over 150 attorneys across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. While the firm originally focused on transportation, it has expanded to serve clients in a range of areas including real estate, corporate, business, tax, estate planning, and probate disputes. They also offer year-round law clerkships in lieu of a traditional summer associate program.

SCORE 8.308

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Reminger
#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 8.300

2022 Ranking

#23

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#24

Irell & Manella LLP

Irell & Manella has been around since 1941 and has resisted any temptation to engage in outrageous expansion efforts, so that it has maintained a small to midsize firm feel. The firm has only three offices—two in Southern California and one in Washington, DC—and only 70 attorneys, and does exemplary work in the areas of intellectual property litigation and general business litigation.

SCORE 8.250

2022 Ranking

#18

Irell & Manella 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 8.231

2022 Ranking

#13

MoloLamken LLP