It's always good to know who the top performers are in your field of interest. That's why we all love rankings. As you peruse the 15 highest grossing law firms in the country, keep in mind some of these firms hold associations through Swiss vereins; making it difficult to verify the true numbers. Oh, and if you want to see the full list of 100 law firms with highest gross revenue, including the number of attorneys on board, click the link.
15 Highest Grossing Law Firms
Firm # of Equity Partners Gross Revenue Location
1- DLA Piper (vereins) 462 $2,440,500,000 New York
2- Baker & McKenzie 725 $2,313,000,000 Chicago
3- Latham & Watkins 441 $2,226,000,000 New York
4- Skadden, Arps, et al and Affiliates 405 $2,210,000,000 New York
5- Kirkland & Ellis 325 $1,937,500,000 Chicago
6- Jones Day 859 $1,716,000,000 Washington D.C.
7- Hogan Lovells US (vareins) 513 $1,633,000,000 Washington D.C.
8- Sidley Austin 284 $1,489,500,000 Chicago
9- White & Case 278 $1,383,500,000 New York
10- Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 281 $1,290,500,000 Los Angeles
11- Greenberg Traurig 300 $1,239,000,000 Miami
12- Morgan Lewis & Bockius 360 $1,230,000,000 Philadelphia
13- Weil, Gotshal & Manges 195 $1,228,500,000 New York
14- Sullivan & Cromwell 170 $1,184,000,000 New York
15- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 193 $1,131,000,000 New York
But honestly, is it all about the money with you? What if you're going for prestige, fewer hours, or best working condiditons? Law firms get ranked in several different ways. They're ranked as Best Law Firms to Work For, Best Law Firms for Diversity, and so forth. Vault can provide you with various lists of top 100 firms but we thought we’d round out the highest grossing firms with the law firms voted most prestigious as per votes by Associates (and, no, they could not vote for their own firms).
The 15 Most Prestigious law Firms
Firm Score (out of 10) Location
1- Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz 9.022 New York
2- Cravath, Swaine & Moore 8.786 New York
3- Skadden, Arps, et al and Affiliates 8.422 New York
4- Sullivan & Cromwell 8.420 New York
5- Davis Polk & Wardwell 8.095 New York
6- Weil, Gotshal & Manges 7.823 New York
7- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 7.804 New York
8- Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 7.691 New York
9- Kirkland & Ellis 7.509 Chicago
10- Latham & Watkins 7.402 New York
11- Covington & Burling 7.374 Washington D.C.
12- Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 7.281 Los Angeles
13- Debevoise & Plimpton 7.199 New York
14- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, el al 7.134 New York
15- Sidley Austin 7.034 Chicago