Kirkland & Ellis LLP
A stalwart in Chicago whose reach has expanded across the globe with over 2,700 attorneys, Kirkland is perhaps best known for their exceptional transactional work, coming in at #1 on Vault’s Private Equity ranking. In addition to their corporate work, the firm is known for their IP, litigation, M&A, and restructuring practices. Kirkland also features a who’s who client list, counting Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, Facebook, and Nike among their ranks.
Paul Hastings LLP
Long known for their employment law practice, Paul Hastings is the only firm to have been named twice as The American Lawyer’s Labor and Employment Litigation Law Firm of the Year. With notable real estate and transactional practices as well, the firm has built up an impressive client list extending across over a dozen industries, including everything from health care and life sciences, to sports, to government affairs. Paul Hastings employs almost 1,000 attorneys worldwide, and with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo, the firm has become especially strong in Asian market dealings.
Proskauer Rose LLP
The number one ranked firm for Media, Entertainment, and Sports on Vault’s ranking two years running, Proskauer stands out for its labor and employment practice and esteemed client list. Among others, the firm represents Coca-Cola, Creative Artists Agency, Hulu, Sony Pictures, The New York Times, and all four major sports leagues in the United States. Beyond labor and sports, Proskauer boasts a nationally recognized Private Investment Funds group, as well as litigators who handle cutting-edge intellectual property matters and defend major white collar cases.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Consistently among the top firms in the General Corporate, M&A, Project Finance, Securities/Capital Markets, and Banking and Financial Services practices, Sullivan counts almost 1,000 attorneys working across 13 offices in nine countries. The firm is known for its “generalist approach,” where associates work across subgroups, industries, and geographic locations to develop well-rounded experience. A perennial leader in M&A, Sullivan has acted in over $4.5 trillion in announced transactions worldwide over the past 10 years.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hogan has quickly grown to become a dominant global firm, boasting more than 2,800 lawyers and more than 50 offices around the world. The firm is ranked #1 on Vault’s best law firms for Privacy & Data Security. Their work focuses on five major practice areas (corporate; finance, global regulatory; IP; and litigation, arbitration, and employment), and they have a star-studded client list, including IBM, SAB Miller, Apple, and Google.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Latham is one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 2,600 attorneys in 29 offices around the world. The firm is a leader in corporate transactions, environmental law, finance matters, litigation, and tax services. In December 2018, a Latham capital markets team represented Spotify, the world’s largest global music streaming subscription service, in its groundbreaking direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Located in New York’s iconic General Motors building, Weil has pioneered major areas of law, such as corporate governance, private equity, and bankruptcy and restructuring. The firm has 1,100 lawyers in six countries and is a leader in M&A, having handled more than 1,500 deals totaling more than $2.1 trillion in deal value over the last five years. In 2019, Weil launched a new philanthropic program, partnering with a group of law schools to offer incoming students the opportunity to perform one year of public service at a partnering nonprofit.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Based in Boston, Ropes has continued to grow in the last twenty years. The firm counts almost 1,500 attorneys among its ranks, lands among the top 15 firms by revenue, and opened six new offices between 2007 and 2013. Known for its corporate and asset management work, Ropes also boasts 400 litigators across the firm. In December 2018, Ropes released their report detailing the findings of their independent investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children.