Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

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2023 Best Midsize Law Firms for Transparency
#1

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 9.444

2022 Ranking

#1

Susman Godfrey
#2

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 9.323

2022 Ranking

#5

Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
#3

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 9.143

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Harrity & Harrity LLP
#4

Shartsis Friese LLP

Almost 50 years old, Shartsis Friese opened its doors in San Francisco as an alternative to large national law firms. It has grown to over 60 attorneys who specialize in the areas of corporate law, litigation, estate planning, real estate, taxation, and venture capital. The firm’s low turnover model creates familiarity and continuity for clients, who appreciate the personal service. Clients also like the firm’s commitment to lower billing rates.

SCORE 9.111

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Shartsis Friese LLP
#5

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 9.000

2022 Ranking

#2

Durie Tangri LLP
#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 9.000

2022 Ranking

#19

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
#5

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 9.000

2022 Ranking

#12

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
#8

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 8.944

2022 Ranking

#8

Tonkon Torp LLP
#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 8.941

2022 Ranking

#3

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
#10

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 8.875

2022 Ranking

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Caldwell IP
#11

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 8.824

2022 Ranking

#14

Stotler Hayes Group LLC
#12

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 8.750

2022 Ranking

#7

Groom Law Group, Chartered
#13

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 8.700

2022 Ranking

#17

Caplin & Drysdale
#14

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 8.464

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Nossaman LLP
#15

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 8.429

2022 Ranking

#19

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
#16

Downey Brand LLP

With offices in California and Reno, 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 8.318

2022 Ranking

#10

Downey Brand LLP
#17

Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC

Hooper Lundy is the largest firm in the country to focus only on health care providers and suppliers, which gives it a reputable niche in the health care industry. The firm is well suited for associates who thrive in a team-oriented culture and want early hands-on experience under the guidance of dedicated mentors. The firm is also a certified provider of continuing legal education and provides in-house legal training on health care issues that are not available to the general bar.

SCORE 8.308

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
#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 8.308

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

McNeill Baur PLLC
#17

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
#20

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 8.267

2022 Ranking

#15

Buckley LLP
#21

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

DC-based Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox is a top IP boutique, home to approximately 150 attorneys focused on the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm has led the way in litigating cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board since PTAB’s 2012 creation. SKGF is also home to an Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice—the first of its kind—which focuses on the interplay of intellectual property principles and human rights.

SCORE 8.111

2022 Ranking

#11

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
#22

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 8.063

2022 Ranking

#13

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
#23

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 8.033

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Desmarais LLP
#24

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 7.939

2022 Ranking

#9

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
#25

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 7.917

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP