California's top law firms - Data, surveys and analysis to help you choose a law firm in California

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Satisfaction survey

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Consider firms in California based on who performed best in our 2018 survey. These are all firms whose California presence we consider to be an especially significant part of their identity.


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Size

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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. 



Illinois largest firms


 2018 summer associate intake by office


Note: This is a not a comprehensive list of all firms taking summer associates in California. Find more hiring info at firms' profiles.

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 Kirkland & Ellis                            
 Winston &  Strawn                            
 Jones Day                            
 Jenner & Block                            
 Katten Muchin                            
 Mayer Brown                            
 Mcdermott                             
 Ropes & Gray                            
 Foley & Lardner                            
 Reed Smith                            
 Vedder Price                            
 Perkins Coie                            


Note: This is a not a comprehensive list of all firms taking summer associates in California. Find more hiring info at firms' profiles.


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Menlo Park

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Orange County 

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Expertise


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If you're motivated by doing the best work possible, the industry-recognized 
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. Full rankings at chambers.com.

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Top ranked banking and finance

  • Gibson Dunn
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • McGuire Woods
  • Orrick
  • Paul Hastings
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Skadden
High Rec banking and finance
  • Buchalter
  • Mcdermott, Will & Emery
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Sheppard Mullin
  • Sidley Austin
  • White & Case
cap markets debt equity top rank
  • Cooley
  • Davis Polk
  • Fenwick & West
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Goodwin
  • Latham & Watkins
  • O'Melveny
  • Sidley Austin
  • Simpson Thacher
  • Skadden
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Wilson Sonsini
cap markets Debt equity high rec
  • Orrick
  • Paul Hastings
  • Proskauer Rose
corp priv equity top rank
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Paul Hastings
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Simpson Thacher
  • Skadden 
  • Weil
corp priv equity high rec
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IP top ranked
  • Cooley 
  • Covington & Burling
  • DLA Piper
  • Durie Tangri
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Irell & Manella
  • Keker, Van Nest
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • Weil Gotshal
  • Wilmer Hale
  • Wilson Sonsini
IP high rec
  • Arnold & Porter
  • Fenwick & West
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Jones Day
  • Morgan Lewis
  • O'Melveny
  • Orrick
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Sidley Austin


Lit general comm top rank
  • Cooley
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Hueston Hennigan
  • Jones Day
  • Keker, Van Nest
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Munger Tolles
  • O'Melveny
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • Sidley Austin
  • Skadden 
Lit general comm high rec
  • Bird, Marella
  • Boies Schiller
  • Crowell & Moring
  • DLA Piper
  • Farella Braun
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Irell & Manella
  • Manatt Phelps
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • McKool Smith
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Orrick
  • Paul Hastings
  • Reed Smith
  • Sheppard Mullin
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • White & Case
Real estate top rank
  • Allen Matkins
  • Cox Castle
  • DLA Piper
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Goodwin
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Orrick
  • Paul Hastings
  • Pircher Nichols
  • Sidley Austin
  • Skadden
Real estate high rec
  • Dechert
  • Holland & Knight
  • Manatt Phelps
  • Munger Tolles