Law firm intake sizes

Class size 2017

Law firm hiring since 2009

Since our first edition in 2009 we've tracked the data for 75 firms. The firms' hiring numbers combined give an indication of the health of the market, with an overall trend of cautious recovery since the Great Recession. The graph above shows how the 25 biggest recruiters have continued to thrive and pull apart from the middle-tier and smaller firms.

Firm

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Akin Gump

70

36

40

38

50

33

33

38

44

Alston & Bird LLP

7

79

49

64

52

36

34

38

44

Baker Botts LLP

88

38

48

48

48

40

52

64

52

Baker McKenzie

39

23

25

24

30

14

32

32

34

Bracewell LLP

32

33

23

19

25

34

20

23

26

Brown Rudnick LLP

14

15

21

18

20

23

14

14

6

Cadwalader

54

27

26

31

39

37

34

40

32

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

49

33

41

34

34

47

38

37

42

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

16

13

18

11

13

15

10

11

15

Cleary Gottlieb

89

110

81

93

126

99

92

90

91

Clifford Chance US LLP

19

41

30

24

20

22

29

29

21

Cooley LLP

48

38

30

46

48

46

44

45

53

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

95

89

99

44

75

94

92

90

105

Crowell & Moring LLP

17

21

15

14

16

18

14

11

12

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost

13

14

9

15

11

8

7

8

9

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

93

98

70

92

109

101

112

133

143

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

59

82

35

47

62

66

76

75

71

DLA Piper LLP (US)

92

62

53

49

50

30

35

31

32

Duane Morris LLP

11

9

9

12

13

9

10

18

16

Dykema Gossett PLLC

14

6

5

6

12

8

16

10

10

Epstein Becker & Green PC

6

6

7

6

9

8

8

10

12

Finnegan

39

27

31

28

30

25

21

24

19

Fish & Richardson PC

9

20

24

20

15

18

22

25

23

Fitzpatrick

21

18

16

12

15

8

10

9

6

Fox Rothschild LLP

12

13

13

13

12

11

12

19

24

Freshfields

12

8

15

11

7

18

17

20

22

Fried, Frank

49

53

51

39

32

26

43

52

52

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

DF

123

89

103

125

111

109

96

93

Greenberg Traurig, PA

36

150

71

45

52.5

57

55

36

49

Haynes and Boone, LLP

0

33

23

26

31

31

29

30

39

Hogan Lovells

46

56

86

54

58

58

57

62

72

Holland & Knight LLP

32

36

50

34

34

24

27

38

39

Hunton & Williams LLP

25

13

18

19

32

24

26

31

26

Irell & Manella LLP

10

29

20

26

23

23

14

15

11

Jackson Walker LLP

32

12

12

13

17

15

9

15

17

Jenner & Block LLP

144

44

37

28

35

20

28

34

35

Jones Day

79

133

94

117

126

101

129

118

120

K&L Gates

13

Not
given

104

63

51

70

85

67

64

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

18

19

18

22

18

16

18

6

8

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

40

7

11

29

28

31

23

23

13

King & Spalding LLP

158

43

26

15

22

31

24

27

30

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

22

130

142

140

141

111

114

140

172

Kramer Levin

123

20

14

11

16

17

12

12

11

Latham & Watkins LLP

35

203

131

150

115

133

104

156

181

Linklaters

119

25

20

19

26

20

23

17

13

Mayer Brown LLP

12

94

59

30

47

49

60

68

55

Milbank

65

55

22

31

43

42

46

51

67

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

20

70

51

59

62

56

86

61

52

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

17

23

17

15

14

18

17

10

24

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

77

47

33

39

28

26

31

33

44

Patterson Belknap

9

11

13

16

6

6

6

17

5

Paul, Weiss

95

86

61

66

97

92

84

120

118

Perkins Coie LLP

30

37

36

23

27

31

30

38

43

Pillsbury

21

26

26

22

23

29

25

35

37

Proskauer Rose LLP

70

56

86

40

43

41

62

53

8

Reed Smith LLP

49

31

32

35

34

43

47

46

42

Ropes & Gray LLP

182

187

216

116

126

96

108

133

152

Seward & Kissel LLP

18

10

8

11

14

11

15

14

16

Shearman & Sterling LLP

28

51

70

39

31

39

48

59

64

Sheppard, Mullin

27

28

28

26

30

31

29

32

28

Sidley Austin LLP

156

60

154

104

115

120

101

96

105

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

111

83

108

112

97

96

114

104

116

Skadden

143

184

92

86

135

149

186

200

188

Snell & Wilmer LLP

24

23

14

18

17

22

19

13

24

Squire Patton Boggs

4

24

1

5

12

4

16

10

13

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

26

24

13

23

16

25

14

14

14

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

101

116

89

114

87

102

108

112

93

Venable LLP

1

20

23

39

27

29

28

39

33

Vinson & Elkins LLP

50

72

57

70

74

43

48

62

36

Waller

10

6

4

4

6

5

10

5

5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

106

54

104

130

77

59

64

83

84

Wiley Rein LLP

18

13

18

13

13

16

12

8

8

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

75

47

27

22

42

43

55

66

51

WilmerHale

62

88

99

85

75

105

80

49

61

Winston & Strawn LLP

119

69

36

48

41

23

43

51

61

Totals

3716

3783

3447

3213

3382

3238

3405

3601

3656