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The ATL Office 100 Law Firm Rankings (2016)
Welcome to the 2016
ATL Office 100 Law Firm Rankings,
Not all law firm offices are created equal, even within the same firm. However, most rankings compare law firms nationally or solely within specific regions. The ATL Office 100 aims to address this knowledge gap by comparing law firm offices across 10 major markets. This additional information provides insights into which firm offices are more desirable (Should I work in Skadden’s New York or Chicago office?) and which firms have the strongest presence in specific regions (Should I move to Boston for that position with WilmerHale? Or would I be better off with Latham here in New York?).
Lots of people rank law firms. And you can dice up law firm rankings in so many ways: by “prestige,” revenues, and more. That’s all great, but if you are going to work in a Biglaw firm, you are going to be working in a specific office. And that office is going to make or break your experience with your firm. Not all offices are created equal, even within the same firm. There are firms that aren’t thought of very highly overall, but a specific office of their operation might be doing great work and be the place for your kind of thing.
With these rankings, Above the Law is trying to capture the strength and relevance of major law firms in today’s market. Who are the market leaders? Which firms are still making and retaining their partners? Where do you want to work? But the methods for evaluating the large law firms that are best at the business of practicing law are stuck in the past. The new normal means new challenges for firms. Is bigger always better? More revenue sounds nice, unless the firm is overly reliant on a few rainmakers who can jump ship and leave the rest of the firm scrambling for clients. Surely, the last client who cared about white-shoe status is somewhere trying to find a new ribbon for his typewriter.
The Office 100 blends objective data points (changes in headcount over time, promotional prospects, and number of women partners) with subjective feedback from over 20,000 associates, partners, and other members of the legal community. The result is a more complete picture of each individual office, encompassing employee satisfaction, compensation, reputation, desirability as an employer, and data-driven measures of firm growth. The Office 100 is meant to offer a new perspective on some of the most prestigious and wealthy firms by using a new rubric to show how they stack up both against their competitors and across their own offices.