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Satisfaction survey

Associate satisfaction

Which firms in California offer the best associate experience? We only shortlisted firms that:

a) had a significant associate presence in California

b) demonstrated excellence in our survey using net-promoter scoring. 

Associate satisfaction: the leaders

  1. Latham & Watkins

  2. Paul Hastings

  3. Goodwin

  4. Greenberg Glusker

  5. Sidley Austin

  6. Gibson Dunn

  7. Munger

  8. Akin Gump

  9. White & Case

Career development: the leaders

  1. Paul Hastings

  2. Latham & Watkins

  3. Sidley Austin

  4. Munger

  5. Gibson Dunn

  6. Goodwin

  7. Greenberg Glusker

  8. White & Case

 

Retention: the leaders

  1. Paul Hastings

  2. Latham & Watkins

  3. Goodwin

  4. Greenberg Glusker

  5. Gibson Dunn

  6. Sidley Austin

  7. Munger

  8. Akin Gump

 

 

Quality of life: the leaders

  1. White & Case

  2. Latham & Watkins

  3. Goodwin

  4. Greenberg Glusker

  5. Paul Hastings

  6. Sidley Austin

  7. Gibson Dunn

  8. Akin Gump

  9. Munger

  10. Irell

Diversity & inclusion: the leaders

  1. Goodwin

  2. Latham & Watkins

  3. Greenberg Glusker

  4. Paul Hastings

  5. Sidley Austin

  6. Munger

  7. Gibson Dunn

  8. Akin Gump

  9. Jenner & Block

  10. Morrison & Foerster

 

 

 

Pro bono: the leaders

  1. Covington & Burling

  2. Jenner & Block

  3. Munger

  4. Latham & Watkins

  5. Akin Gump

  6. Paul Hastings

  7. White & Case

  8. Gibson Dunn

  9. Sidley Austin

  10. Jones Day

  11. Skadden

  12. Irell

  13. Morrison & Foerster

Size

The size of a firm's offices in a state is a massive influence on its culture and ability to carry out certain types of work. Below we've highlighted the largest firms in the state. 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 California top 50

 California top 50

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

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
 
   
   
   

Litigation: general commercial

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Banking & finance

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Gibson, Dunn
 
   

Capital markets

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Gibson, Dunn
 
   

Intellectual

property

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

 
  Gibson, Dunn
 
 
   

Media & entertainment transactional

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

 
 
   
   

Venture capital

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3