Twenty-five firms that appear in this year’s Am Law 100 ranking of the nation’s top-grossing law firms have an office in Atlanta. That is a net gain of one firm from last year.
Cleveland’s Baker & Hostetler (No. 60 on the list, with revenue of $540 million) entered the Atlanta market by acquiring Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn, which had an office here. The deal was effective Jan. 1.
Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg returned to the Am Law 100 at No. 89, up from No. 102 last year, while Atlanta’s Sutherland Asbill & Brennan was edged out of the No. 100 spot by Boston’s Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo (up from No. 104 last year). Mintz Levin reported revenue of $310 million and Sutherland reported $309,962,690—a difference of $37,310 or 0.01 percent.
The largest firms on the list showed little movement in the rankings from the previous year. Global behemoth DLA Piper maintained its No. 1 spot with revenue of $2.48 billion.
Things were more fluid further down the list.
Atlanta-based Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart continued to leapfrog up the list. The labor and employment firm joined the Am Law 100 last year when it jumped from No. 108 in revenue to No. 97. This year it bounded to No. 88, thanks to a 10.2 percent increase in revenue, to $347 million.
Immigration firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewey similarly vaulted up nine spots. After jumping onto the list at No. 86 last year (up from No. 102) it hopped to No. 77 in this year’s ranking.
Meanwhile, two intellectual property firms with Atlanta offices dropped more than 10 notches. Fish & Richardson fell from No. 72 to No. 85, with revenue of $362.5 million, and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner fell from No. 85 to No. 97, with revenue of $316.5 million.
INTERACTIVE CHART: 2014 Am Law 100 — A Local View
Here’s how firms with an Atlanta connection stacked up nationally, based on their 2013 revenue. (Click the header below to sort by that column)