The NLJ 250

Annual survey of the nation’s largest law firms

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Rank Firm Principal City Attorneys Starting Salaries
1 DLA Piper Chicago 3,785 $145,000 to $160,000
2 Baker & McKenzie Chicago 3,627 $160,000
3 Jones Day Washington 2,523 $145,000 to $160,000
4 Latham & Watkins New York 2,322 $160,000
5 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 2,251 $160,000
6 White & Case New York 2,205 WND
7 Sidley Austin Chicago 1,877 $160,000
8 Greenberg Traurig New York 1,840 WND
9 Mayer Brown+ Chicago 1,809 WND
10 K&L Gates Pittsburgh 1,726 $90,000 to $160,000
11 Reed Smith* Pittsburgh 1,558 WND
12 Kirkland & Ellis Chicago 1,490 $160,000
13 Dewey & LeBoeuf New York 1,455 $160,000
14 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Philadelphia 1,441 $145,000 to $160,000
15 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 1,359 $160,000
16 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 1,202 $160,000
17 O’Melveny & Myers Los Angeles 1,193 $160,000
18 McDermott Will & Emery Chicago 1,187 $160,000
19 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington 1,180 $160,000
20 Hogan & Hartson Washington 1,175 $160,000
21 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker New York 1,175 $160,000
22 Holland & Knight Miami 1,094 $90,000 to 160,000
23 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe New York 1,076 $160,000
24 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 1,032 $120,000 to $160,000
25 Dechert Philadelphia 1,019 $145,000 to $160,000
26 Winston & Strawn Chicago 1,004 $160,000
27 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York 1,000 $160,000
28 King & Spalding Atlanta 992 $145,000 to $160,000
29 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Washington 983 $160,000
30 Hunton & Williams Richmond, Va. 950 $145,000 to $160,000
31 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 948 $160,000
32 Alston & Bird Atlanta 924 $145,000 to $160,000
33 Bingham McCutchen Boston 903 $160,000
34 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston 896 $140,000 to $160,000
35 McGuireWoods Richmond, Va. 880 $110,000 to $160,000
36 Shearman & Sterling New York 870 $160,000
37 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 869 $160,000
38 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Cleveland 856 $120,000 to $160,000
39 Bryan Cave St. Louis 852 $110,000 to $160,000
40 Ropes & Gray Boston 843 $160,000
41 Baker Botts Houston 827 $160,000
42 Proskauer Rose New York 784 $110,000 to $160,000
43 Goodwin Procter Boston 781 $160,000
44 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York 774 $160,000
45 Debevoise & Plimpton New York 772 $160,000
46 Vinson & Elkins Houston 759 $160,000
47 Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker New York 752 WND
48 Seyfarth Shaw Chicago 750 $130,000 to $160,000
49 Sullivan & Cromwell New York 748 $160,000
50 Howrey Washington 743 $135,000 to $160,000
* Numbers obtained from the NALP (formerly the National Association for Law Placement) 2008/2009 Directory of Legal Employers website as of October, 2008.
+ Numbers obtained from firm’s website as of October, 2008.
WND = Firms which would not disclose their salary figures.