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The key to developing a flourishing and fulfilled associate class may lie in providing young lawyers with an up-to-date technology suite and the wherewithal to use it. As has been the case in past years, there is a strong correlation between the top-ranking law firms in the technology section of our Midlevel Associates Survey and the top-ranking firms in the overall survey.

O’Melveny & Myers and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft took the top two spots, respectively, by impressing their associates in four categories: firm-provided technology, firm-provided training, technology support and the use of technology on behalf of clients. O’Melveny finished first or second in all four, out of 102 respondents; Cadwalader placed first, second or third in all categories. On the broader survey, O’Melveny ranked second and Cadwalader fifth.

Joining them in the top 10 of the tech survey were Paul Hastings (third in tech, third overall); Schulte Roth & Zabel (fourth, first); Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (fifth, eighth); Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (sixth, fourth); and Blank Rome (eighth, ninth). Only three firms in the top 10 for tech missed the top 10 overall—Drinker Biddle & Reath, which finished 28th; Latham & Watkins, at 17th; and Sidley Austin, at 34th. Meanwhile, only two firms that ranked in the bottom half of the tech survey managed to rank in the top 20 overall—Foley Hoag, which ranked 75th in tech but 16th overall, and Clifford Chance, which ranked 53rd in tech and 13th overall.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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