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Morrison & Foerster and Bingham McCutchen were among five law firms that made it onto Fortune magazine’s 2005 list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For.” The other firms to make the roster, which will appear in Fortune’s Jan. 24 issue, include Seattle’s Perkins Coie, Washington, D.C.’s Arnold & Porter, and Atlanta-based Alston & Bird. It’s grown harder for firms to qualify for the award. Two years ago, Fortune raised its eligibility requirement from a minimum of 500 employees to 1,000 employees. That disqualified Fenwick & West, which had been on the list for four consecutive years. Fenwick has about 600 attorneys and staff members. This is MoFo’s second time on the list. The firm, ranked 91st, appeared on Fortune’s first list in 1998. The former McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, which merged with Bingham Dana in 2002, also made the charts in 2001 and 2000. The combined entity could not apply for consideration last year since Fortune disqualifies companies that have been through a merger in the past year. Bingham McCutchen is No. 78 on the current roster. Several local companies also are in the rankings, including Adobe Systems Inc., Amgen Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Genentech Inc., Intuit Inc., Network Appliance Inc., Symantec Corp. and Xilinx Inc. Cisco is also among 22 companies that have appeared on every list since its inception. Rankings are based on an evaluation of the policies and culture of each company and on the opinions of its employees, which represent two-thirds of the total score. A survey is given to a minimum of 350 randomly selected workers from each company. MoFo and Perkins Coie were among the 10 companies on the list that pay 100 percent of all full-time employees’ health insurance premiums. Fortune also noted that MoFo was one of the country’s most diverse law firms and that its pro bono work is a draw for employees. Fortune cited Bingham’s box seats at Fenway Park, strong mentor network and “exceptionally high base-pay rate” of $164,000 among its outstanding qualities. “I’m thrilled that Bingham McCutchen made the list, which was a lot of work to coordinate but truly a team effort,” said Michelle O’Driscoll, the firm’s marketing and business development manager. “We have much to be proud of, including our commitment to diversity and women’s issues, mentoring and pro bono.” MoFo Chairman Keith Wetmore also was enthusiastic about his firm’s ranking. “This award reflects our success in working together in our clients’ interests and is, therefore, a well-deserved compliment for every person in the firm,” he said.

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