New York's top law firms

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Satisfaction survey

undefinedAs a legal market, New York is only rivaled by London for its complexity and scale. So we thought it would be helpful to split up our satisfaction survey into firm types. What you'll see below are the leading firms for associate satisfaction, grouped by their identities in the legal market.

Naturally many firms identify with more than one category: Davis Polk is in the elite both globally and in New York; whereas Cravath, Sullivan or Debevoise, although well known internationally, have smaller networks and New York truly is where their nerve-centers are; then the British elite magic circle firms have greater global strength than most US firms, but wouldn't be considered top-tier in New York alone. 

 

 

Global elite

 

Band One

Akin Gump
Cleary
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Gibson Dunn
Linklaters
Morgan Lewis

 

 

Band Two

Allen & Overy
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Sidley Austin
Skadden
Weil
White & Case

 


New York elite

Band One

Cadwalader
Debevoise

Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher

 Band Two

Cahill
Cravath
Davis Polk
Fried Frank
Paul, Weiss
Sullivan & Cromwell


International highly regarded

Band One

Dechert
McDermott
Reed Smith
Vedder

 Band Two

Arnold & Porter
Bracewell
Cooley
DLA Piper
Goodwin
K&L Gates
Orrick
Paul Hastings
Proskauer
Ropes & Gray
Willkie Farr
Winston & Strawn

 Band Three

Alston & Bird
Baker Botts

Covington & Burling
Greenberg Traurig
King & Spalding
Vinson & Elkins
WilmerHale


New York middle market

Band One

Adam Leitman Bailey
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg
Patterson Bellknap
Schulte Roth

 Band Two

Axinn
Kasowitz
Kramer Levin
Seward & Kissel


National firms

Band One

Crowell & Moring
Fish & Richardson
Goulston
Gunderson
Mintz Levin
Perkins Coie
Pillsbury
Sheppard Mullin
Wilson Sonsini

 Band Two

Dorsey & Whitney
Foley Hoag
Fox Rothschild
Haynes and Boone
Hunton
Katten Muchin
Seyfarth Shaw
Venable

 

Expertise

Chambers USA

Market snapshot

If you're motivated by doing the best work possible, the industry-recognized Chambers USA rankings are invaluable. Here are the best firms in New York for some the most common practice areas, plus the others that define the NY market. This isn't a complete list of the Chambers rankings, and we have cut the list off at Band 4 as this is just a snapshot. Full rankings can be found at chambers.com.

Antitrust

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Arnold & Porter Cahill
Crowell & Moring
Winston & Strawn  Kasowitz
Wilson Sonsini  
      Latham & Watkins
     
     
      White & Case
     

Banking & finance

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Ropes & Gray  Allen & Overy
Skadden Cleary Gottlieb
Paul, Weiss   Fried, Frank
  Gibson, Dunn
  Paul Hastings
    Shearman & Sterling
      Sullivan & Cromwell
      Willkie Farr

Bankruptcy & restructuring

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Latham & Watkins  Gibson, Dunn
Morrison & Foerster  Jones Day
White & Case  Proskauer Rose 
  Skadden Simpson Thacher 
  Sullivan & Cromwell
    Willkie Farr
 

Corporate / M&A: the elite

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Debevoise Cleary Gottlieb
 
   
   
 
     

Corporate / M&A: highly regarded

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Freshfields
Morgan, Lewis Hughes Hubbard
Ropes & Gray  Covington & Burling  Milbank
    Paul Hastings  Kramer Levin
    Proskauer Rose
McDermott
      Morrison & Foerster

IP: patent

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Cravath
King & Spalding
  Baker Botts  Patterson Belknap
    Sidley Austin
    Skadden
      Venable 

Litigation: the elite

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Cleary Gottlieb Cahill
Davis Polk Milbank
Debevoise Simpson Thacher  
Latham & Watkins 
Skadden
Weil Susman Godfrey 
Sullivan & Cromwell     
Quinn Emanuel     

Litigation: highly regarded

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Band 4

Arnold & Porter Cooley  Akin Gump
Kasowitz Jones Day Dechert  Greenberg Traurig
Kobre & Kim Fried, Frank Hughes Hubbard
Kramer Levin Sidley Austin  Orrick
Mayer Brown    Holwell Shuster Perkins Coie
O'Melveny   Mintz Levin Ropes & Gray 
Paul Hastings   

MoloLamken

Proskauer Rose   

Shearman & Sterling 

Selendy Gay Elsberg
White & Case   

Cohen & Gresser

Kaplan Hecker & Fink
Willkie Farr   

 

 
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