Published: Jun 27, 2012
For many law students—and most laterals—practice area strength is a key metric for determining which law firm will provide the best opportunities for career development. After all, it can be hard to find work you’re passionate about if your firm doesn’t offer the practice area that interests you.
To help you hone your job search, Vault ranks law firms not only in overall prestige, but also in a variety of practice areas. In our annual survey, associates are asked to vote for up to three firms in their practice areas (associates are not permitted to vote for their own firms). For example, associates who identify themselves as corporate attorneys are allowed only to vote in corporate-related categories (e.g., M&A, financial services and securities).
This year, Skadden cleaned up the practice rankings with four No. 1 spots in Class Actions, Products Liability, Securities Litigation and Tax. Wachtell Lipton, Sullivan & Cromwell and Fish & Richardson received two No. 1 rankings each. And Quinn Emanuel swooped in to the No. 1 spot on our General Commercial Litigation list, displacing mainstay Kirkland & Ellis.
Below is a list of the firms that ranked No. 1 in their respective practice areas, along with a sample of our respondents’ opinions of these firms. For our full practice area rankings, click here.
Antitrust: Cleary Gottlieb (last year: Cleary Gottlieb)
Appellate Litigation: Gibson Dunn (last year: Gibson Dunn)
Bankruptcy: Weil Gotshal (last year: Weil Gotshal)
Class Actions: Skadden (last year: Skadden)
Clean Tech/Renewable Energy: Morrison & Foerster (last year: Baker Botts)
Energy, Oil and Gas: Vinson & Elkins (last year: Baker Botts)
Financial Services: Sullivan & Cromwell (note: this ranking is new for 2013)
General Commercial Litigation: Quinn Emanuel (last year: Kirkland & Ellis)
General Corporate Practice: Wachtell Lipton (last year: Wachtell Lipton)
Intellectual Property: Fish & Richardson (last year: Fish & Richardson)
IP Boutiques: Knobbe Martens (last year: Kenyon & Kenyon)
International: Freshfields (last year: Freshfields)
Labor and Employment: Seyfarth Shaw (last year: Morgan Lewis)
Litigation Boutiques: Susman Godfrey (last year: Susman Godfrey)
M&A: Wachtell Lipton (last year: Wachtell Lipton)
Private Equity: Simpson Thacher (last year: Simpson Thacher)
Products Liability: Skadden (last year: Skadden)
Real Estate: Fried Frank (last year: Fried Frank)
Securities: Sullivan & Cromwell (last year: Sullivan & Cromwell)
Securities Litigation: Skadden (last year: Skadden)
Tax: Skadden (last year: Skadden)
Technology: Fish & Richardson (last year: Wilson Sonsini)
White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations: Williams & Connolly (last year: Williams & Connolly)
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