The NLJ 250

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Rank Firm Principal city Lawyers Starting salary
1 Baker & McKenzie Chicago 3535 $140,000
2 DLA Piper Chicago 3333 $125,000 – $145,000
3 Jones Day Washington 2167 $120,000 – $145,000
4 Latham & Watkins New York 1951 $135,000 – $145,000
5 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 1915 $145,000
6 White & Case New York 1907 $145,000
7 Sidley Austin Chicago 1712 $135,000 – $145,000
8 Greenberg Traurig Miami 1667 WND
9 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw Chicago 1410 $135,000 – $145,000
10 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Philadelphia 1315 $115,000 – $145,000
11 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 1218 $135,000 – $145,000
12 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington 1181 $135,000 – $145,000
13 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 1177 $145,000
14 Holland & Knight New York 1102 $85,000 – $145,000
15 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker New York 1075 $115,000 – $145,000
16 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 1062 $135,000 – $145,000
17 McDermott, Will & Emery Chicago 1061 $135,000
18 Hogan & Hartson Washington 1043 $135,000
19 O’Melveny & Myers Los Angeles 1043 $135,000
20 Reed Smith Pittsburgh 1038 $125,000
21 Dechert Philadelphia 994 $125,000 – $145,000
22 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 981 $100,000 – $135,000
23 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Pittsburgh 978 WND
24 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston 972 $125,000 – $145,000
25 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Washington 939 $135,000 – $145,000
26 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe New York 924 $135,000 – $145,000
27 Shearman & Sterling New York 895 $145,000
28 Winston & Strawn Chicago 879 $135,000
29 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York 862 $145,000
30 Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker New York 845 WND
31 Hunton & Williams Richmond, Va. 844 $115,000 – $145,000
32 Bingham McCutchen Boston 834 $135,000 – $145,000
33 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 833 $135,000 – $145,000
34 King & Spalding Atlanta 825 $115,000 – $145,000
35 Ropes & Gray Boston 802 WND
36 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman San Francisco 772 $135,000-$145,000
37 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Cleveland 770 $110,000-$135,000
38 Bryan Cave St. Louis 763 $95,000-$135,000
39 Vinson & Elkins Houston 759 $135,000
40 Alston & Bird Atlanta 753 $115,000 – $145,000
41 Proskauer Rose New York 727 $145,000
42 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 718 $145,000
43 Seyfarth Shaw Chicago 713 $135,000
44 LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae New York 713 $145,000
45 McGuireWoods Richmond, Va. 704 WND
46 Goodwin Procter Boston 700 $135,000
47 Baker Botts Houston 695 $140,000 – $145,000
48 Debevoise & Plimpton New York 688 $145,000
49 Heller Ehrman San Francisco 687 $135,000
50 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York 679 $145,000