Readers, we’ve reached the end of the road. After this post, we will have exhausted the Vault 100 law firms — the one hundred most prestigious large law firms in the country. We’ve been doing a series of open threads on these firms so that readers can discuss, in the comments, how these firms stack up against each other.
We were impressed by the quality, but not the quantity, of the comments on our last law firm open thread. Will the final 20 generate as much discussion? Here they are:
81. Arent Fox LLP
82. McGuireWoods LLP
83. Venable LLP
84. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
85. Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
86. Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
87. Baker & Hostetler LLP
88. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
89. Seyfarth Shaw LLP
90. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
91. Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
92. Blank Rome LLP
93. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
94. Dorsey & Whitney LLP
95. Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
96. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
97. Dickstein Shapiro LLP
97. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
98. Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
99. Troutman Sanders LLP
100. Fenwick & West LLP
Let’s kickstart the conversation by pulling out some tasty tidbits from their Vault write-ups….
Here are highlights from some of the various Vault write-ups. Click on the firm name to be taken to the full profile.
- Arent Fox: “Not a lifestyle firm anymore.” (Not an economy that gives a s**t about that anymore.)
- McGuireWoods: “The people – it’s almost like family here.” (Almost family at work > actual family at home?)
- Venable: “Quirky,” yet “unreasonable.” (Reminds us of the French.)
- Finnegan Henderson: “Most prestigious IP firm” and “Best IP firm in the world.” (And maybe “IP firm with most-arrogant attorneys”?)
- Hughes Hubbard: “Slow elevators.” (Maybe they’re not slow, maybe they’re just being stopped by couples looking for privacy?)
- Locke Lord: “A little too much Texas feel-good.” (Some people just can’t handle their 3,500-sq.-ft. wives)
- Seyfarth Shaw: “Motherhood friendly.” (Beware, childless women.)
- Patterson Belknap: “Best firm to work for in New York” and “Populated by humans (mostly).”
- Kramer Levin: “Litigation bulldogs” and “Quirky – but fell off the horse.” (And maybe “Firm most prone to use animal-related metaphors.”)
- Bracewell & Giuliani: “Full of wonderful, fun, friendly personalities” — query whether that includes “Rudy!”
- Dorsey & Whitney: “Snarky personalities.” (Sounds like our kind of firm.)
- Manatt Phelps: “Great entertainment practice.”
- Squire Sanders: “Started the salary freeze trend.” (Heck of a thing to be known for.)
- Troutman Sanders: “Top notch energy practice.”
- Fenwick & West: “Top techies” and “Great benefits (Hawaii condo!)”
If you have questions or insider information about any of these firms, please chime in, in the comments.
Law Firm Rankings 2011: #76-#100 [Vault]
Earlier: Prior Vault 100 open threads (2011)