Chicago's top law firms

The legal market

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Satisfaction survey

Associate satisfactionWhich firms in Chicago offer the best associate experience? In this section we are only including firms whose Chicago offices are a significant part of their identity. 

Overall satisfaction

  1. Perkins Coie
  2. Latham & Watkins
  3. Skadden
  4. Kirkland & Ellis
  5. Winston & Strawn

Retention

  1. Katten Muchin
  2. Reed Smith
  3. Kirkland & Ellis
  4. Vedder Price
  5. Perkins Coie

Career opportunities

  1. Vedder Price
  2. Katten Muchin
  3. Reed Smith
  4. Kirkland & Ellis
  5. Perkins Coie

Benefits & lifestyle

  1. Vedder Price
  2. Kirkland & Ellis
  3. Winston & Strawn
  4. Reed Smith
  5. Latham & Watkins

Pro Bono

  1. Skadden
  2. Kirkland & Ellis
  3. Perkins Coie
  4. Latham & Watkins
  5. Winston & Strawn

Diversity

  1. Perkins Coie
  2. Latham & Watkins
  3. Reed Smith
  4. Skadden
  5. Vedder Price

 

Size

AvatarThe size of a firm's offices in a city has a massive influence on its culture and ability to carry out certain types of work. Below we've highlighted the largest firms in Chicago. You can also check your chances of getting hired in your city of choice by checking the number of summers a firm takes in each city. 

 

The Chicago top 30

Chicago top 30

 

Expertise

Chambers USAIf you're motivated by doing the best work possible, the industry-standard Chambers USA rankings are invaluable. Here are the best firms in Chicago for the most common practice areas, plus the others that define the Chicago market. There are lower bands and many more practice area rankings at chambers.com.

 

Corporate, M&A and private equity

Band 1

 

Band 2

 

Band 3

 

 

Litigation: general commercial

Band 1

 

Band 2

Band 3

 

Banking and finance

Band 1

 
 

Band 2

 

Band 3

Intellectual property

Band 1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Band 2

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Band 3

Bankruptcy
and
restructuring

Band 1

 
 
 
 
 

Band 2

 
 
 

Band 3

 

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