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Satisfaction survey

Associate satisfactionAs 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. 

The most satisfied associates in New York

Global

elite

New York

elite

International

highly regarded

New York

middle market

  1. White & Case
  2. Latham & Watkins
  3. Sidley Austin
  4. Gibson Dunn
  5. Linklaters
  6. Cleary
  7. Akin Gump
  8. Ashurst
  9. Allen & Overy
  10. Kirkland & Ellis
  11. Skadden
  12. Jones Day
  13. Freshfields
  14. Davis Polk

 

  1. Cahill
  2. Debevoise
  3. Cadwalader
  4. Paul, Weiss
  5. Milbank
  6. Sullivan & Cromwell
  7. Simpson Thacher
  8. Cravath

 

 

 

 

  1. Paul Hastings
  2. Goodwin
  3. Proskauer
  4. Dechert
  5. McDermott
  6. Covington & Burling

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Holwell Shuster
  2. Patterson Bellknap
  3. Schulte Roth
  4. Stroock
  5. Willkie Farr
  6. Kramer Levin
  7. Kasowitz

 

 

 

 

 

Size

AvatarThe size of a firm's offices in a city has a massive influence on its culture and ability to carry out certain types of work. Below we've highlighted the largest firms in New York. 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. 

 

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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

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Banking & finance

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Bankruptcy & restructuring

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Corporate / M&A: the elite

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Corporate / M&A: highly regarded

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IP: patent

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Litigation: the elite

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Litigation: highly regarded

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