The Biglaw Firms Associates Rank As The ‘Best Of The Best’ (2022)


Elegant co-workersWhat does it take to cultivate job satisfaction at a law firm? Earlier this week, we focused on a new report from BTI Consulting, where associates pointed out exactly what they wanted from and valued in their work lives, and which firms were the best at committing to their overall happiness.

According to BTI, Biglaw associates are looking for much more than just big paychecks from their firms, including these eight core activities:

  • Commitment to helping associates in their career
  • Specific action to help develop a career path
  • Access to training they need
  • Good mentoring
  • Optimism about growing within their firm
  • High levels of job satisfaction
  • Being well paid
  • Having at least one partner watching out for them

After going evaluating 4,000 responses, BTI found that 147 Biglaw firms did the best job when it came to associate satisfaction. But which firms did the best in each category? Yesterday, we covered the firms that were considered the best at helping associates in their careers and those with partners who have associates’ backs. Today, we’ll chat about the firms that have helped associates build their careers and provided access to the training they want and need.

When it comes to helping associates develop a career path in Biglaw, 53 firms came out on top, but associates ranked nine as the best of the best:

  • Baker Donelson
  • Faegre Drinker
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Jackson Lewis
  • Jones Day
  • Milbank
  • Mintz
  • Polsinelli
  • Wilson Elser

If you really want to learn your craft in Biglaw, you’re going to need and want a lot of training. Associates named 76 firms they considered to be strong in this area, but these 13 firms were ranked as the best of the best:

  • Baker Donelson
  • Faegre Drinker
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Jones Day
  • Littler
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Milbank
  • Mintz
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • Polsinelli
  • Skadden
  • Vedder Price
  • Wilson Sonsini

Congratulations to each of these firms. Great work on pleasing your associates in these important areas. We’ll continue our coverage of the Biglaw firms considered the Best of the Best for satisfaction in the days to come.

53 Firms Associates Say Stand Out for Taking Specific Action to Help Them Develop a Career Path [BTI Consulting]
Associates Point to 76 Firms Best at Providing Access to the Training They Think They Need [BTI Consulting]


Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.





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