Sunday, October 4, 2009

America's Best Corporate Law Firms

America's Best Corporate Law Firms
from Second Quarter 2009
Corporate Board Member
They are ready to come to your rescue. And in today’s tough financial climate, who better to have at your side than one of the 20 corporate law firms selected as the best in the nation by almost 300 directors who took part in the 2009 Corporate Board Member/FTI Consulting annual survey?
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom ranks No. 1 nationally for the ninth straight year. And two firms that didn’t make last year’s Top 20—Sidley Austin and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson—vaulted onto the 2009 list. They replaced Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Akin Gump Strauss & Feld.
In addition to the directors’ list of national champions, some 240 general counsels picked the law firms they rank tops in 25 metropolitan areas.
The Top 20 Firms Last Year's Ranking
1. SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM New York 1
2. JONES DAY Washington, D.C. 7
3. CRAVATH SWAINE & MOORE New York 2
4. WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ New York 3
5. SULLIVAN & CROMWELL New York 5
6. WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES New York 9
7. GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER Los Angeles 13
8. KIRKLAND & ELLIS Chicago 8
9. LATHAM & WATKINS Los Angeles 6
10. FULBRIGHT & JAWORSKI Houston 17
11. BAKER & MCKENZIE Chicago 14 (tie)
12.O'MELVENY & MYERS Los Angeles 19
13. DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL New York 4
14. WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Palo Alto 14 (tie)
15. SIDLEY AUSTIN New York -
16. SHEARMAN & STERLING New York 11 (tie)
17. PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON New York 11 (tie)
18. COVINGTON & BURLING Washington, D.C. 16
19. HOGAN & HARTSON Washington, D.C. 20
20. FRIED FRANK HARRIS SHRIVER & JACOBSON New York -
Source: Corporate Board Member/FTI Consulting