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Midlevel associates in Miami are among the most satisfied among their peers across the country when it comes to benefits and compensation, according to The American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associate Survey.

Miami ranked at the top of a list of major U.S. cities for midlevel associates’ satisfaction in the category of benefits and compensation, edging out Los Angeles and Dallas.

In general job satisfaction, Los Angeles came out on top, followed by Houston, Dallas, and then Miami. And Miami was in the middle of the pack of 10 cities on the question of whether midlevel associates expect to still be at their firm in two years.

The Miami data included associates from three firms because at least six associates in those Miami offices participated in the survey.

Overall rankings for Miami put McDermott Will & Emery in the top spot, Hogan Lovells second and White & Case third among the three firms.

Three Florida-based firms are ranked among the 102 large law firms nationally included in the most recent Midlevel Associates Survey, with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt garnering the highest spot on the chart.

High scores from third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates at Carlton Fields put the firm into 52nd place on the annual ranking, down from No. 45 last year. Holland & Knight ranked 62nd, close to the firm’s 60th place last year, while Greenberg Traurig was 85th, up from the 96th spot last year.

The Midlevel Associates Survey is based on responses from 5,270 midlevel associates at 102 firms in the Am Law 100, Am Law Second Hundred and Global 100. The survey asks midlevel associates to score their firms in a number of metrics, including job satisfaction, compensation and benefits, relations with partners and other associates, guidance, training, a firm’s policy on billable hours, and management’s openness about firm strategy and the potential to make partner. Firms with 10 or more responses are included in the rankings.

Schulte Roth & Zabel, which has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London, took the top spot in The American Lawyer’s survey.



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