The legal market
ADMINISTRATION and regulation – these two rather bland words do an injustice to what are the themes of the DC legal market. As you'll see in the Chambers USA rankings below, DC is an island as legal markets go: government, and the spheres of business most closely affected by the machinations inside the Capitol, dictate everything. Elsewhere in the US, regulatory practice areas tend to play second fiddle to big transactional and litigation work; not in DC. Environment, projects, space law, life sciences, telecoms, healthcare, and IP all make the headlines here in DC. A career here offers something rather unique.
DC led the pack in our survey this year on pro bono, in which associates felt the capital offers the best pro bono experience in the country. Access to NGOs and public institutions means there are great opportunities for young lawyers to learn from the nation’s most challenging work.
Which firms in DC offer the best associate experience? We only shortlisted firms that:
a) had a significant associate presence in DC
b) demonstrated excellence in our survey using net-promoter scoring.
The 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 top 50 firms in DC by headcount as well as the DC heritage and boutique firms.
The DC top 50
DC heritage and boutiques
If you're motivated by doing the best work possible, the industry-recognized Chambers USA rankings are invaluable. Here are the best firms in Washington DC for some the most common practice areas, plus the others that define the DC 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.