(312) 781-9000
19 Aug

The AmLaw 2020 A-List Rankings: The Most Elite Law Firms in America

by: Astor Professional Search

The American Lawyer released its annual A-List rankings of the top 20 “most well-rounded” law firms in the United States. According to the report, law firms are ranked based on a combination of financial and cultural factors including revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, racial diversity, associate satisfaction and gender diversity among the equity partnership level. The last metric was added to A-List’s calculation in 2017 to recognize firms for supporting women and making them partners.

Row of columns in black and white

In a year that’s been marked by upheaval and uncertainty, there’s also plenty of continuity in the upper reaches of the A-List. For the second year in a row, Munger Tolles & Olson claimed the No.1 spot on this year’s list, while landing in the top five for a fifth time in the last five years. Ropes & Gray landed the No. 2 spot, improving across all five categories, most notably associate satisfaction. At O’Melveny & Myers, improvements in the firm’s metrics for racially diverse attorneys and women in the equity partnership fueled a four-place jump into the No. 3 position, marking the firm’s third straight year in the Top 10 and its fifth time on the list in the last five years.

Los Angeles-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips returned to this year’s list following two years off, rising seven places to No. 15, thanks to a 20.5-point improvement in the female equity partner category. Two more firms new to this year’s A-List rankings included Cravath Swaine & Moore (No.17), and Arnold & Porter (No.19). A few firms on the list made last year’s Top 20 but faced shortcomings in vital areas, forcing them off in 2020. Those four firms were Shearman & Sterling, Buckley, Milbank, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

See more highlights from the A-List rankings on The American Lawyer.

Attorney Recruiter Bill Sugarman

 

Contact Bill Sugarman, a legal recruiter, for more information.

 

author-bio-image author-bio-image
William Sugarman

William Sugarman is the president and founder of Astor Professional Search. He engages in the successful placement of attorneys with local, regional, and international law firms and corporations. Bill’s extensive legal and business development experience give Astor an edge over other legal recruiters nationwide. At the cornerstone of Bill’s strategic philosophy is providing the highest level of personalized attention to his clients and attorney candidates. This is also a key factor that separates Astor from other legal search firms, and it consistently delivers legal placements year after year.

Years of Experience: More than 20 years

Share it here
Related Posts
28 Feb Law Firms See Strongest Demand & Revenue Growth in Over a Decade, Reports Find
Law Firms See Strongest Demand & Revenue G...

The American Lawyer reports that law firm demand in 2018 was the highest on record since 2011, according to a recent report by ...

19 Jul Female Lawyers Are Moving Up Faster in #MeToo Era, Report Finds
Female Lawyers Are Moving Up Faster in #MeToo E...

The American Lawyer reports that recent data released by ALM Intelligence shows female attorneys have ascended into Big Law’s ...

09 Aug The AmLaw 2019 A-List: Top 20 and Runners Up
The AmLaw 2019 A-List: Top 20 and Runners Up

The American Lawyer released its annual A-List rankings of the top 20 “most well-rounded” law firms in the ...