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Band One

Arnold & Porter
Dechert
Gibson Dunn
Goodwin
Greenberg Glusker
Hunton
Katten Muchin
McDermott
Morgan Lewis
Orrick
Paul Hastings
Polsinelli
Seyfarth Shaw

 

Band Two

Cooley
Davis Polk
Fish & Richardson
Foley & Lardner
Gunderson
Irell
Jones Day
Mintz Levin
Munger
Proskauer
Ropes & Gray
Sheppard Mullin
Sidley Austin
Sullivan & Cromwell
Vinson & Elkins
White & Case
Willkie Farr
WilmerHale

 

 

Band Three

Akin Gump
Covington
Crowell
DLA Piper
Fox Rothschild
Greenberg Traurig
King & Spalding
Kramer Levin
Latham & Watkins
Morrison & Foerster
Pillsbury
Simpson Thacher
Skadden
Stroock
Weil
Wilson Sonsini

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 California for the most common practice areas, plus the others that define the California market. There are lower bands and many more practice area rankings at chambers.com. Where significant market distinction occurs, Chambers USA ranks firms by city, e.g. in M&A.

M&A in LA

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Gibson, Dunn Paul Hastings 
 

M&A in San Francisco and
Silicon Valley 

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

 
 
 
   

Corporate/M&A: private equity

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Gibson, Dunn
 
  Ropes & Gray
    Weil
     

Litigation: general commercial

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Munger, Tolles & Olson  O'Melveny & Myers 
Quinn Emanuel Orrick
  Skadden
   
   

Banking & finance

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Gibson, Dunn Skadden
   
   

Capital markets

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Gibson, Dunn
 
   

Media & entertainment transactional

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

  Paul Hastings 
   
   
   
   
   

Venture capital

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

  WilmerHale