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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

U.S. News Tax Firm Rankings

US News Best Lawyers This morning, U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, released their ranking of nearly 9,000 law firms in 81 practice areas in 171 metropolitan areas and 7 states (methodology here).  Although the U.S. News law school rankings list the Top 100 law schools (with the remaining law schools grouped in Tier 3 and Tier 4), the U.S. News law firm group the list firm practice areas in three tiers. 119 law firms are ranked in tax:

Tier 1 (36 firms):

  • Baker Botts
  • Baker Hostetler
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Bingham McCutchen
  • Caplin & Drysdale
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez
  • Ivins, Phillips & Barker
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Mayer Brown
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Miller & Chevalier
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Roberts & Holland
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Sidley Austin
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Sullivan & Worcester
  • Sutherland
  • Vinson & Elkins
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • WilmerHale

Tier 2 (47 firms):
  • Alston + Bird
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  • Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
  • Cooley
  • Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Dechert
  • DLA Piper
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath
  • Duane Morris
  • Fennemore Craig
  • Fenwick & West
  • Foley & Lardner
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Goodwin Procter
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher
  • Holland & Hart
  • Holme Roberts & Owen
  • Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
  • K&L Gates
  • Kadish, Hinkel & Weibel
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman
  • King & Spalding
  • KPMG
  • Lane Powell
  • LeSourd & Patten
  • Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Paul Hastings
  • Pepper Hamilton
  • Perkins Coie
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Quarles & Brady
  • Reed Smith
  • Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
  • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
  • Stoel Rives
  • Thompson Hine
  • Thompson & Knight
  • Ulmer & Berne
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

Tier 3 (36 firms)

  • Akerman Senterfitt
  • Andrews Kurth
  • Arnall Golden Gregory
  • Atlass Professional Corp.
  • Ballard Spahr
  • Berenbaum Weinshienk
  • Bryan Cave
  • Cantor & Webb
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs
  • DeBruyn Law Offices
  • Faegre & Benson
  • Fredrikson & Byron
  • Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart
  • Holland & Knight
  • Joseph H. Thibodeau
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
  • McCarter & English
  • McGuireWoods
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Robinson & Diss
  • Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Sherman & Howard
  • Sirote & Permutt
  • Thede Culpepper Moore Munro & Silliman
  • Thompson Coburn
  • Tonkon Torp
  • Troutman Sanders
  • White & Case
  • Winstead
  • Winston & Strawn
Press and blogosphere coverage: 

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2010/09/us-news-.html

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Comments

Ernst & Young isn't actually a law firm. It is one of the better-known accounting firms.

Posted by: Daniel | Sep 15, 2010 5:36:05 AM

Where's "Tax Masters?"

Posted by: Woody | Sep 15, 2010 8:30:41 AM

How long before the deans, er, managing partners start attacking the survey methodology?

Posted by: Michael A. Livingston | Sep 15, 2010 2:04:29 PM

EY, KPMG are on it. DT, PwC are not. Shows what they know. What a joke and a waste these "rankings" are.

Posted by: Ryan | Sep 15, 2010 6:44:11 PM

Nice, so when the hiring partner tries to ding me for my tier 2 degree, i can point out that he's at a tier 2 firm! yes yes i know that's not how it works.

Posted by: anon | Sep 17, 2010 9:28:49 PM