In a year of strong revenue growth, a dozen law firms from California have landed a spot on the 2019 Am Law 100 list, which released by The American Lawyer on Tuesday.
The list included six firms from Northern California and six others based in Southern California, though some have now grown to the point where their largest offices are outside California. Nearly all of the firms reported solid gross revenue growth last year, with one exception.
Morrison & Foerster, which led the Bay-Area pack along with Cooley last year, dropped to 33rd place from 28th, as gross revenue decreased by 1.9 percent to $1.04 billion.
Cooley, on the other hand, saw its revenue jump 14.4 percent to $1.23 billion, moving up by three ranks from 27th to 24th.
Other Bay Area firms that also reported revenue gains are Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (33rd, at $1.05 billion); Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (46th, at $857 million); Fenwick & West (85th, at $429.69 million); and global labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson (64th, at $584.2 million).
Fenwick made the biggest gains in the Am Law 100 rankings, moving up from 10 places to 85th, as revenue jumped by 14.6 percent to $429.69 million in 2018.
Los Angeles-based Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith; saw the most significant revenue growth of the California firms, boosting it five places, to 66th, after gross revenue increased by 17.20 percent to $552 million in 2018.
The other Southern California firms that landed on the Am Law 100 this year were Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; O’Melveny & Myers; Paul Hastings; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. They all saw gross revenue grow last year.
Latham & Watkins, which was founded in Los Angeles, grabbed the No. 2 spot on this year’s Am Law 100 list, with gross revenue of $3.39 billion last year.
The top spot on the list went to Kirkland & Ellis, which posted gross revenue of $3.757 billion.