Big Law predominates in the representation of large U.S. companies, but some small firms have attracted prominent clients by offering great value at competitive rates. In this special report, the NLJ profiles four such firms, with an emphasis on transactional work. Wilkinson Barker of D.C. thrives with a practice focused exclusively on communications. Tulsa, Okla.-based Doerner Saunders is a regional player, capitalizing on an energy practice. Golenbock Eiseman of New York has found a financial niche, doing M&A work. And Rutter Hobbs of L.A. offers its major clients Big Law experience.
 
Wilkinson Barker competes with large firms’ telecom practice groups and lands big-name clients.
 
 
Recent national attention to natural gas has boosted business for Doerner Saunders and its clients.
 
 
Golenbock Eiseman has held its own for nearly 30 years doing deal work, often for private equity funds.
 
 
Rutter Hobbs relies on its large-firm alums to serve both big-name companies and promising startups.