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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Law Firm Tax Rankings: Skadden Is #1

Chambers This week, I have blogged the separate law firm tax rankings in the corporate tax and tax controversy areas developed by Chambers as part of its rankings of the top U.S. law firms by various specialities.  The rankings are based on 30-minute interviews with lawyers and clients (greater weight is given to the views of clients) (methodology).

There are 41 law firms ranked in the two tax categories, grouped in four bands.  Here is a ranking of the law firms that combines the two tax rankings, beginning with the ten firms that are listed in both rankings:

Rank

Firm

Corporate Tax

Tax Controversy

1

Skadden

1

1

2

Bingham McCutchen

3

1

Latham & Watkins

2

2

Mayer Brown

3

1

5

Baker & McKenzie

3

2

McDermott Will & Emery

3

2

7

Dewey & LeBoeuf

3

3

8

Fulbright & Jaworski

4

3

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

4

3

Steptoe & Johnson

4

4

11

Cleary Gottleib

1

Davis Polk

1

Sullivan & Cromwell

1

Wachtell, Lipton

1

15

Cravath

2

Debevoise & Plimpton

2

Kirkland & Ellis

2

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

2

Weil, Gotchal & Manges

2

Miller & Chevalier

2

21

Baker & Botts

3

Cadwalader

3

Caplin & Drysdale

3

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka

3

Paul, Weiss

3

Ropes & Gray

3

Shearman & Sterling

3

Sidley Austin

3

29

Alston & Baird

4

Dechert

4

Fenwick & West

4

Gibson, Dunn

4

Irell & Manella

4

Ivins, Phillips & Barker

4

King & Spalding

4

O’Melveny & Myers

4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

4

Pillsbury

4

Roberts & Holland

4

Vinson & Elkins

4

White & Case

4





















 











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Comments

There's a number of odd things about these numbers. For example, virtually all of the "white shoe" New York firms bunch together at either number 11 or 15 in the rankings. That's a remarkable coincidence. My guess is these numbers are entertaining but about as useful as those in the US News Survey: i.e., not very.

Posted by: mike livingston | Jul 15, 2010 8:13:38 AM