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How did we find out who represents America’s largest corporations? The short answer: We asked the companies. We sent surveys to the general counsel of Fortune 250 companies, querying them about their primary outside counsel for litigation, corporate transactions, labor and employment, and intellectual property. In the charts, “primary outside counsel” refers to the law firms that are on the company’s preferred list; the “go-to” firms for a specific practice area; firms that handled the most important cases in the previous year; firms used most often; and/or firms with the most billings from that company. The choice of which firms to name was up to the GC, or someone assigned to the task. Law firm names have been shortened for space reasons. We heard from 220 companies, although 26 refused to provide any information. Where companies declined to provide information, we noted “Will not disclose” on the chart. In cases in which we were unable to contact the GC: “Company did not respond by press time.”

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