Alston & Bird, Vault 100 Open Threads: 2010

Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 51 – 60 (2010)

comparing.jpgWe’re now into the back half of the brand new Vault law firm rankings. Just like last year, we worry about a proliferation of “TTT” accusations in the comment threads. But such terms of art can miss the positives of many of the firms in this section of the Vault rankings. Here’s the list:

51. Fulbright & Jaworski
52. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
53. Morgan Lewis & Bockius
54. McDermott Will & Emery
55. Alston & Bird
56. Bingham McCutchen
57. Fish & Richardson
58. Dechert
59. Greenberg Traurig
60. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

We have already extensively talked about the Morgan Lewis situation. Let’s move on to other firms after the jump.


Is this the as far as Cadwalader is likely to fall? Cadwalader was ranked #39 just last year. Now the firm is down to #60. Is there more layoff retribution waiting for them on next year’s Vault ranking?
Dechert has also laid off a number of associates and staff. And the firm has done that stealthily at times. But while Dechert did drop six spots from last year, the firm is still ranked higher than Cadwalader.
McDermott also took a four spot tumble this year. Perhaps the firm will bring back free coffee to increase its popularity in associate surveys.
There aren’t a lot of firms “on the rise” in this part of the rankings. But both Bingham and Greenberg jump into fifties this year. Last year they were ranked in the sixties.
Which firms are where they should be, and which firms should move up or down. Let us know in the comments.
Earlier: Vault Open Threads – 2010
Nationwide Layoff Watch: Layoffs Weeks in the Making Finally Come to Dechert
Reverse Perk Watch: McDermott ‘Sends a Message of Desperation’

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