Annual Survey
Of the Nation’s
Largest Law Firms

NEW! 2004 Survey:




The NLJ 250

Methodology
This is The National Law Journal‘s 26th annual survey of the nation’s largest law firms, covering the period Oct. 1, 2002, to Sept. 30, 2003. While most of the charts in the NLJ 250 are self-explanatory, here is some information about the process, the criteria and the definitions.

The NLJ sent surveys to some 300 law firms to determine the 250 largest. Eligibility is based on a firm’s total number of attorneys, and this year the cutoff point is 160. Additionally, a firm must have more lawyers based in the United States than in any other single country.Firms are ranked by the total number of full-time equivalent (FTE) attorneys, rather than just full-time attorneys, which allows us to create a more accurate picture of the size of the firm. In some cases, due to rounding, this calculation yielded slightly higher or lower numbers than the figures submitted by the law firms.

As in years past, in case of a tie, we rank firms by the number of partners and associates, excluding “other” attorneys. If the tie persists, we break it based on the number of partners at each firm. The city listed is the firm’s principal office. In cases where the firm did not wish to be identified with a single locale, the city listed is home to the firm’s largest office.

“Number of attorneys” reflects permanent, FTE attorneys.

The “Branch Offices” section lists the total number of attorneys in each city where the firm has offices.

One final note: Due to corrected information provided by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati after last year’s publication date, this year’s chart reflects the revised 2002 information. The firm actually had a total of 660 attorneys in 2002, rather than the reported 720.Research Editor Cleo Cacoulidis oversaw this year’s survey. She was assisted by researchers Ellen Athena Catsikeas, Kate Nammacher and Laurie Collyer. Margaret Daisley, editorial research director for American Lawyer Media, and Leo Alvarez and Elizabeth DiFrancisco of the information technology department provided invaluable assistance.
Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

More From ALM

Premium Subscription

With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
View Now

Team Accounts

Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
View Now

Bundle Subscriptions

Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
View Now

African Legal Awards (AFLA) 2022

September 02, 2022
Johannesburg

The African Legal Awards recognise exceptional achievement within Africa s legal community during a period of rapid change.


Learn More

China Law & Practice Awards (CLPA) 2022

September 08, 2022
Beijing

The annual China Law & Practice Awards is the jurisdiction's most prestigious legal awards ceremony that applauds China's elite.


Learn More

Texas Legal Awards (TXLA) 2022

September 14, 2022
Dallas, TX

The Texas Lawyer honors attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession in Texas.


Learn More

Operations/Human Resources Manager- Houston, Texas


The Offices of Domingo Garcia has an Operations\Human Resources manager position in the Houston office. The ideal candidate will have 5+ y...


Apply Now ›

Finance/Corporate Trust Lawyer - CT or Remote


We are seeking a lawyer with a minimum of five years of experience in transactional work to join our well-established, nationally renowned C...


Apply Now ›

Personal Injury Associate Attorney- Houston, Texas


Law Offices of Domingo Garcia is looking for a lawyer with at least three years of Plaintiffs Personal Injury litigation and trial experien...


Apply Now ›

DEASEY, MAHONEY & VALENTINI, LTD.

08/08/2022
TLI Web

DEASEY MAHONEY & VALENTINI LTD is proud to announce that Lauren M. Steins and Leanna B. Ruotanen have been named Partners of the firm.


View Announcement ›

PARRETT, PORTO, PARESE & COLWELL, P.C.

08/08/2022
CLT Web

Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C. welcomes attorneys Alison L. Broad and Andrew I. Schaffer as principals of the firm.


View Announcement ›

MARSHALL DENNEHEY

08/04/2022
TLI Web

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin mourns the loss of Robert J. Coleman, the last of its founding name partners.


View Announcement ›