“The best firms are exemplars, and exemplars are important,” The American Lawyer’s then-editor in chief Aric Press wrote alongside our first A-List in 2003. What he was describing was our inaugural effort to provide a well-rounded measure of Am Law 200 law firms using scores that combine each one’s annual survey rank in four areas-financial performance, pro bono, diversity, and associate satisfaction. The 20 top-scoring firms made up that first A-List and every one since. This year, in addition to producing our annual ranking, we decided to take a ten-year look at the A-List. What we found were 39 Am Law 200 firms that have appeared on the list at least once, but only four that have made it every single time: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Latham & Watkins, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Call them A-List all-stars.

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Perfect Attendance: The A-List’s Regulars
In the decade since the first A-List, only four firms have returned every year.

The A-List: Best in Class 2013
For the third year in a row, Munger, Tolles & Olson, Paul Hastings, and Hughes Hubbard & Reed occupy the top three spots on the A-List-although not in the same order.


The A-List 2013:
While holdovers from last year dominate this year’s list, several firms have reappeared after being absent for a year or more.

Honorable Mentions
The firms that missed placing our list this year.

The 10-Year A-List
Calculating each firm’s scores from every appearance on the A-List from 2003 to 2013.