Top law firms for diversity

Associate satisfaction wide

In our 2020 research, we identified the best-performing law firms for diversity & inclusion

Methodology

For every firm taking part in our annual interview-based research, we also invite their junior associates to respond to an online survey covering every aspect of law firm life. They complete 40 questions asking about everything from their initial views on the firm and its competitors, to their relationships with partners and clients, to the firm's handling of D&I and pro bono. We also ask them about their expectations, aspirations and how important all these factors were when joining the profession and how those views change as they mature. Each question involves a rating, which we agglomerate here for comparison. The diversity and inclusion scores are a combination of all topics that can affect how inclusive a firm is, from hiring, to mentoring, to work allocation, to promotion, to mental health and parental policy.

Rank Firm Survey score

1

White & Case 52.48

 

Building its profile and revenue year-on-year, this firm is a (White &) Case study in international success. ... Read More  

2

Goodwin 52.43

 

Looking for a modern firm doing good work with a winning spread of specialist practices? Tech this out…... Read More  

3

Latham & Watkins 52.08

 

‘Unassigned’ juniors, free to roam across practice areas? No HQ in a sprawling international network? You can’t pin the mighty Latham down...... Read More  

4

Greenberg Glusker 52.00

 

Kermit bemoaned that it’s not easy being green, but LA’s Greenberg Glusker makes it look like a breeze: everything from Tinseltown fallouts to real estate ventures and climate matters are covered here – and from just one compact office.  ... Read More  

5

Paul Hastings 51.65

 

If the pH scale measured law firm performance, then LA-born Paul Hastings would score a perfect 7 for balancing global, high-end work with a gentler and more sustaining BigLaw vibe.... Read More  

6

Proskauer 51.26

 

Fancy tackling thorny legal issues for often-high-profile clients? Better sniff out what this Rose has to offer... ... Read More  

7

Stroock 50.59

 

Stroock², a New York firm exponentially nicer than its competitors.... Read More  

8

Jackson Walker 50.27

 

Career development is put front-and-center at the Texan firm that’s leaving associates Jackson Walking on sunshine.... Read More  

9

Patterson Bellknap 49.94

 

Patterson Belknap and the judiciary go together like PB & J. This disputes dynamo "isn't a factory firm;” it offers the New York market something a little different...... Read More  

10

Norton Rose 49.62

 

NRF spent the last five years becoming a high-flying global firm. Those seeking projects, finance or litigation and investigations work should take note.... Read More  

11

Finnegan 49.32

 

Firms hoping to hold a candle to the dedicated focus of Finnegan’s intellectual property expertise must burn extra bright.  ... Read More  

12

Dechert 49.28

 

International work with real-time, practical feedback provided? Philly your boots at Dechert...... Read More  

13

Schulte Roth 49.19

 

For a “more intimate BigLaw experience,” hit up the New Yorker that knows a wise investment when it sees one.... Read More  

14

Sidley Austin 48.86

 

A global giant with a “family-friendly” culture. This prestigious, Windy City native will blow you away. ... Read More  

15

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg 48.80

 

Want to master the art of litigating in a petite environment with lots of opportunity for growth? If the answer’s yes, this New York boutique should be on your list. ... Read More  

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16

Haynes and Boone 48.06

 

A very happy 50th birthday to Haynes and Boone, the Texas-born firm whose reach stretches far beyond the Lone Star State.... Read More  

17

Munger 47.66

 

It was a case of California Calling for juniors at this litigation-leaning outfit where lawyers“aren’t just good at their job but love the craft of law.”... Read More  

18

Foley Hoag 47.57

 

Rather than being a ‘jack of all trades,’ Boston mid-sizer Foley Hoag chooses to master a handful of industry focuses instead. ... Read More  

19

Gibson Dunn 47.24

 

When it comes to colossal cases and dynamic disputes, this BigLaw behemoth has been there and Gibson Dunn that.... Read More  

20

Cleary 47.23

 

What do you get if you mix international eminence with a pedagogic culture – and add “a few man buns in the office” for good measure? Clearly, it’s Cleary. ... Read More  

21

Willkie Farr 47.16

 

New York corporate law with an active social life? Where there’s a Willkie, there’s a way. ... Read More  

22

Akin Gump 46.80

 

Move over Forrest, it’s all about Akin Gump in this guide – the megafirm with roots in Texas, its largest base in DC, management in New York, and offices around the world.... Read More  

23

McDermott 46.25

 

Food and beverages. Healthcare. Private equity. If you don’t think those three things fit together, the folks at McDermott have got news for you.... Read More  

24

Choate 46.15

 

Boston’s one-office wolfpack doesn't plan on compromising its culture of community anytime soon.... Read More  

25

Dorsey & Whitney 46.00

 

There’s a reason Minneapolis is sometimes called the Mini Apple. Just ask the juniors at Dorsey & Whitney, the Minneapolis-headquartered firm with offices across the US and the world.... Read More  

26

Adam Leitman Bailey 45.92

 

This Manhattan boutique is a one-stop shop for real estate law. ... Read More  

27

Allen & Overy 45.71

 

Allen & Overy. Proper noun: global finance and commercial giant; UK magic circle outfit that’s growing in the US.... Read More  

28

Cahill 45.45

 

Every day is Independence Day at this finance-focused land of the free-market.... Read More  

29

Fish & Richardson 44.63

 

Fishing for a top IP firm with an academic culture? This might be the plaice for you. ... Read More  

30

Jenner & Block 44.48

 

Top-quality litigation meets top-tier pro bono commitment at the most Jenner-ous firm on the Block.... Read More  

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31

Alston & Bird 44.43

 

Flying high in Georgia and soaring to new heights nationally (and internationally), A&B is an ideal nest for baby legal eagles.... Read More  

32

Debevoise 44.35

 

Nice guys don’t have to finish last. Debevoise is proof positive that winning the BigLaw race doesn’t always require sharp elbows.... Read More  

33

Linklaters 44.33

 

A legal giant from across the pond with nearly 200 years of history to its name; a firm with countless international Links.... Read More  

34

Skadden 44.12

 

The force is strong with this one: no list of the New York legal elite is complete without Skadden. ... Read More  

35

Cadwalader 44.08

 

As one of the oldest and finest finance firms in New York, Cadwalader balances Wall Street BigLaw with a culture where “you can be yourself.”... Read More  

36

Hogan Lovells 43.94

 

All you need is Lovells, according to associates at this Anglo-American titan.... Read More  

37

Brown Rudnick 43.86

 

When creditors find themselves in times of trouble, Brown Rudnick comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be… dealt with by Boston’s bankruptcy bigwigs!... Read More  

38

Perkins Coie 43.64

 

Techy, forward-thinking and sticking it to the Man; if any firm embodies Gen-Z spirit, it’s Perkins Coie.... Read More  

39

Venable 43.34

 

Merging with IP firm Fitzpatrick didn’t put a dent in Venable’s famed culture.... Read More  

40

Cozen 43.12
  “A modern, nimble firm with an entrepreneurial spirit,” Cozen is on the up-up-up all over the US.... Read More  

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Whether it’s participating in mentoring circles, devising diversity score-cards or increasing the inclusivity of pitch teams, there’s plenty that law firm leaders can do to drive D&I in their businesses, as Weil reveal.

41

Axinn 42.86

 

Antitrust and IP go hand in hand with high expectations at this smart boutique.  ... Read More  

42

Morrison & Foerster 42.85

 

Top-tier tech practices, “a long-standing commitment to pro bono,” and a Cali cool culture? It must be MoFo. ... Read More  

43

Jones Day 42.63

 

Juniors at jumbo Jones Day reap the rewards of working with colleagues across the country. ... Read More  

44

Paul, Weiss 42.46

 

Looking to blend billion-dollar matters with some of the country’s leading pro bono causes? The name’s Weiss. Paul, Weiss. ... Read More  

45

Wilson Sonsini 42.41

 

Silicon Valley’s WS is wonderfully strong on the startup and emerging companies front, offering more than an app store’s worth of experience to tech-loving juniors.... Read More  

46

Kramer Levin 42.39

 

It may be famous for its litigation, but it’s not Kramer vs Kramer at this friendly New Yorker. ... Read More  

47

DLA Piper 42.33

 

DLA Piper’s extensive presence across the States is supported by a sophisticated global network.... Read More  

48

Kirkland & Ellis 42.27

 

If you’ve got a nose for money, this record-breaking market leader will smell delicious – but it’s not just dollar that draws associates here.... Read More  

49

Vedder 42.03

 

Prepare yourself for take-off.... Read More  

50

Ashurst 41.50

 

Public-private partnership isn’t just a cool tongue twister, it’s also an exciting and fast-growing area of work for lawyers in the US. Enter Ashurst… ... Read More  

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