Rankings: Law360 400

  • March 27, 2015

    DC Legal Boom Set To Continue Amid Regulatory Demand

    An increasing number of Law360 400 firms are placing their flagship offices in Washington, D.C., but this is only the tip of the iceberg for the vibrant legal market in the capital, industry experts say, as firms seek to meet growing demand for regulatory guidance.

  • March 27, 2015

    Calif. Firms Pick Up Speed From Startup, Tech Boom

    Nearly three dozen law firms with California headquarters landed on the Law360 400, with San Francisco’s Littler Mendelson PC once again topping the list, and experts say the intellectual property, employment and transactional needs of booming startups and technology businesses like Snapchat Inc. and Hulu LLC are creating opportunities for firms to reach new heights.

  • March 26, 2015

    Texas Firms Branch Out While Doubling Down At Home

    Bolstered by a strong statewide economy and a thriving legal market, Texas is home to nearly two dozen firms on the Law360 400, and even as those firms expand nationally and internationally, they continue to find great value in their Texas roots.

  • March 25, 2015

    NY Loses Ground To DC In Flagship Office Count

    New York still reigns supreme as the city with the most flagship law firm offices in the Law360 400, but the Big Apple's total shrank by 14 percent as several firms grew their offices in other U.S. cities.

  • March 25, 2015

    Deep-Pocketed Outsiders Challenge Wall Street Firms In NY

    The hegemony of so-called Wall Street firms in New York is under threat from firms founded elsewhere in the U.S. that are using record-high compensation packages as a cudgel to steal elite lateral talent, clients and market share, according to Law360 data and industry insiders.

  • March 24, 2015

    16 US Law Firms Keep Partnership Club Elite

    Law360's ranking of the 400 largest U.S. law firms confirms that top-billing Wall Street firms tend to keep partner concentrations extremely low, helping to boost the all-important profits-per-partner metric.

  • March 24, 2015

    Top 3 Employment Boutiques Gain As Rivals See Drop-Off

    The country's biggest labor and employment boutiques are getting bigger, according to this year's Law360 400, a trend lawyers say is fueled by clients increasingly turning to firms that specialize in labor and employment work as opposed to their general practice brethren.

  • March 23, 2015

    Lateral Mania Fuels Growth For Opportunistic Firms

    Law firms experienced minor attorney headcount growth in 2014, but growth-hungry, opportunistic firms saw their number of U.S. attorneys increase by more than 10 percent thanks to strategic attorney acquisitions and office expansions, according to the Law360 400.

  • March 23, 2015

    Client Happiness Drove BigLaw Mergers In 2014

    The BigLaw mergers that made headlines in 2014 — 12 U.S. partnerships of at least 20 lawyers were scooped up by firms in the Law360 400 list — were driven more by answering corporate clients' legal needs than by short-term profit growth and client buying, industry leaders told Law360.

  • March 23, 2015

    The Law360 400

    There's a new leader of the pack for BigLaw. Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP leapfrogged eight competitors to become the largest law firm in America and now holds the top spot in the Law360 400, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. law firms. Morgan Lewis took over the top spot from Jones Day in November when it added more than 750 lawyers, including hundreds in the U.S., from Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • March 20, 2015

    Litigation Firms Make Cuts Amid Work Slowdown

    The trend among U.S. companies to end litigation as quickly and cheaply as possible has left many litigation-focused firms with a work shortfall, and some have been forced to cut their associate ranks, according to industry watchers and Law360 data.

  • March 20, 2015

    Law360 Reveals Largest IP Boutiques

    Boston-based Fish & Richardson PC has retained its top spot among the largest IP boutiques, and while IP specialty firms bring an army of top talent to the legal market, experts say they still need to define their mission and adapt to a changing market to keep up with general practice firms.

  • March 20, 2015

    Is MegaLaw Just Big Enough To Fail?

    Globalization and the lure of lucrative cross-border transaction work are driving the emergence of a new class of international megafirms, but experts say the advantages of size may be offset by ballooning overhead costs and the inevitability of client conflicts.

  • March 20, 2015

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has leapfrogged eight competitors to become the largest law firm in America and now holds the top spot in the Law360 400, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. law firms.  

  • March 18, 2015

    Holland & Knight Cuts Equity Ranks To Make Way For Laterals

    Holland & Knight LLP is trimming its equity partner ranks by de-equitizing some partners and transitioning others to senior nonequity roles to clear a path for new rainmakers, according to the firm and Law360 data.

  • March 16, 2015

    White & Case Sees 10% Atty Drop As Profits Come To Focus

    In the past year, White & Case LLP's U.S. attorney head count dropped by about 10 percent, marking at least four straight years of slimdowns by Law360's count. But rather than indicating a malignancy within the firm, former partners and industry experts say the dip is a symptom of a "get lean" strategy that is bringing in better revenues.

  • March 15, 2015

    MoFo Sees Atty Drop In 2014 As Big Cases Wrap Up

    Morrison & Foerster LLP saw a nearly 8 percent drop in its U.S.-based attorney headcount in 2014, according to this year’s Law360 400 survey, as the firm's work on high-profile cases like the Residential Capital LLC bankruptcy and an Apple-Samsung smartphone patent war drew to a close.

  • March 15, 2015

    IP Boutiques Shrink Amid Litigation Slowdown

    With some types of intellectual property litigation slowing down, four major IP boutiques responded in the past year by reducing their attorney head counts by between 9 and 20 percent, according to figures compiled by Law360.

  • March 11, 2015

    Kasowitz Benson Shed 14% Of Attys In Challenging Market

    Litigation firm Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP ended last year with a 14 percent reduction in lawyer headcount, according to data from this year’s Law360 400 survey, and it lost more lawyers in a round of cuts Tuesday.

  • March 28, 2014

    Global Megafirms Cut Down To Size In Law360 400

    Law360's inaugural ranking of the largest 400 U.S. law firms reveals that several of the largest global firms, including Baker & McKenzie LLP, are placed on equal footing in the U.S. legal market with nationally or even regionally concentrated firms in terms of attorney head count.

  • March 25, 2014

    Hot Local Market Launches Texas Firms Onto National Stage

    Nearly two dozen of the firms on the Law360 400 are based in Texas, led by Norton Rose Fulbright, where the booming legal market is driving the state’s largest firms to expand beyond their roots to establish themselves as brand names nationwide.

  • March 25, 2014

    Client-Rich Market Propels 14 NJ Firms Into Law360 400

    The concentration of pharmaceutical, telecommunications other important industries combined with a dense population, government regulation and close proximity to major cities have made New Jersey a fertile place to grow the 14 firms on the Law360 400 that call the Garden State home.

  • March 25, 2014

    Energy Work Boosts Pittsburgh's Place In Pa. Legal Market

    Pittsburgh’s unique position in the thriving Marcellus Shale play has fueled growth for firms including K&L Gates LLP and Reed Smith LLP, identified by Law360 as among the 400 largest firms in the U.S., and helped to challenge Philadelphia’s traditional reputation as the state’s legal epicenter.

  • March 25, 2014

    More Sunshine Expected For Calif.-Based Law360 400 Firms

    Thirty-four law firms with roots in California secured spots on the Law360 400, led by San Francisco-based Littler Mendelson PC, and sources say the Golden State will continue to be a key legal market as the needs of technology startups, life sciences firms and other cutting-edge companies on the West Coast grow.

  • March 24, 2014

    Greenberg Traurig Says Secret Is More Partners, Not Fewer

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has the highest number of partners of any firm in the U.S. and the highest concentration of partners among the top 15 firms in the Law360 400, and the firm says being able to put more partners in front of clients gives it a competitive advantage in today’s cutthroat marketplace.