Top 100 Law Firms in the United States by Prestige According to the 2010 Vault ( Rankings

Update: October 9, 2009. We have had a number of people trying to reach the Top 100 Law Firm list from our pages and we are sorry that our links below no longer work. To see the Top 100 law firms you have to go to the front page, then click on the menu item “Industries”. On the subsequent page click “law firms” in the list. On the next page click “Top 100 Law Firms” under Vault Industry Rankings. Sorry, but our direct links below to are no longer functional and no new direct links appear to be possible, except to the front page.

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2010 Vault ( Law Firm Prestige Rankings

with its familiar line-up of “big law”.

Interesting – with few exceptions – is that the current recession and the substantial effect of the financial crisis on law firm hiring – and firing – practices has had as good as no effect on individual law firm prestige. We see, for example, that our former law firm in New York City, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, has retained its 13th position from last year.

Here are’s top 25 law firms – see the full list of the top 100 and respective “scores” at Vault:

1 Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York, NY
2 Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, New York, NY
3 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, New York, NY
4 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York, NY
5 Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY
6 Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY
7 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY
8 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY
9 Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
10 Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL
11 Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC
12 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY
13 Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY
14 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, CA
15 Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
16 WilmerHale, Washington, DC
17 Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles, CA
18 Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC
19 Jones Day, Washington, DC
20 White & Case LLP, New York, NY
21 Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, NY
22 O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, CA
23 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP, Los Angeles, CA
24 Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston, MA
25 Hogan & Hartson LLP, Washington, DC

ABA Journal launches Legal Rebels Project providing Profiles, Videos and Audio Slideshows about the Leading Innovators in the Profession of Law

We just received this announcement from the ABA Journal:

We thought you and your blawg’s readers would be interested in the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels project, which launches today.

Over the course of the next three months, we’ll be profiling 50 of the profession’s leading innovators at The first seven profiles, along with videos and audio slideshows that illustrate the changes they’re trying to make in the practice of law, are now online. We’ll be adding at least three new profiles to the site every week until Thanksgiving.

You can also directly participate in the project:

Sign ( the Rebels Manifesto, which was written by lawyers nationwide.

Ride shotgun ( our two-week Rebels Tour, kicking off Sept. 14.

Stay connected ( to the project through your favorite social media tool.

Check out ( what lawyers are saying about the Rebels.

Buy ( the Rebels T-shirt featured on our September cover, a mouse pad, or even a Rebels skateboard.

Nominate ( someone you think we should profile.

We think of this project more as a journey than as a destination–a search for the future of the practice of law in America. We hope you and your readers will come along for the ride.

– Ed

Edward A. Adams

Editor and Publisher

ABA Journal