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The A-List: Our Exclusive Rankings of the Best-of-the-Best 20 Law Firms

Welcome to the A-List, our 14th annual ranking of Big Law's elite.


Women in Law: Where are They?

Women remain scarce in law firm partnership ranks.

Illustration by Alison Seiffer

It's August. Time to Escape the Big Law Grind!

Admit it. Sometimes you’ve wondered what it would be like to say goodbye to the practice of law. These are the stories of six lawyers who did just that.

Illustration by Neil Webb for The American Lawyer.

Exclusive: Best Firms for Pro Bono

By Nell Gluckman

Hughes Hubbard is tops for U.S. pro bono; Dechert leads the international scene.

Lamar Roberson, sentenced to life without parole for selling crack, was released earlier this year (Photo by Meghan Newsom).

Has the Clemency Project Been a Success?

By Susan Beck

Some 4,000 lawyers and 70 big firms helped in this effort to commute the sentences of low-level drug offenders who've served significant prison time. But relatively few inmates have been released.

Illustration by Eva Vázquez for The American Lawyer

Downsizing Continues at Law Firm Libraries

By MP McQueen

Law libraries are phasing out print collections and reinventing themselves as sources of competitive intelligence and analytics.

Illustration by Stuart Briers for The American Lawyer

To Hire More Women, Follow These Steps

By Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio

Three "nudges" translate into tangible hiring gains.


The Workplace Bully Is a Liability

By Staff

Every company needs a policy to deal with tyrants, lawyers say—and other short reports that your clients are talking about.

Robert Reich, author of

Are Big Law Firms Wrecking Capitalism?

By Michael D. Goldhaber

A book by Robert Reich puts lawyers and their corporate clients in the crosshairs.

For Small Businesses, a Hand Up

By Zachary Melvin

Simpson Thacher, Debevoise and other firms partner with a nonprofit to foster commerce in the South Bronx.

Anti-nuclear activists Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice, and Michael Walli (Adam Lau/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP).

A Nun, Two Veterans and a Nuclear Facility

By Scott Flaherty

Orrick gets protesters' convictions reversed.

Help for Victims of 'Revenge Porn'

By Rebecca Blair

K&L Gates has aided more than 500 people who have discovered intimate pictures of themselves all over the Internet.

Roberta Kaplan addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments in cases relating to same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Paul Weiss Overturns Mississippi Gay Adoption Ban

By Rebecca Blair

Litigator Roberta Kaplan added another win to her growing list of gay rights victories, as a federal court ruled that Mississippi's prohibition on adoptions by gays was unconstitutional.

Bar Talk

The Champ and His Lawyers

Muhammad Ali's attorneys recall being impressed, entertained and moved by their client.

I'll Take 'Law Firms' For $500

By Jenna Greene

Sidley and Fish get a plug on 'Jeopardy!'


Lawyers Form Craft Beverage Guild

By Jennifer Henderson

A group of lawyers who represent beermakers agreed to form the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild in May at the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.

Firms Sign Up for ROSS' AI Product

By Susan Beck and Jennifer Henderson

In the latest sign that artificial intelligence may become part of Big Law practice, at least three law firms have confirmed that they’ve licensed the AI product developed by ROSS Intelligence for bankruptcy matters.

U.S. Marine base near Beirut airport, Lebanon, following a suicide truck blast that destroyed the base and caused a huge death toll on Oct. 23, 1983. (AP Photo, File)

Beirut Bombing Victims' Families Close In On Recovery

By Julie Triedman

Winning a default judgment against Iran for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut was tough enough. Then the lawyers for the plaintiffs had to collect it.


Questions About Medical Marijuana? Ask Orrick

By Nell Gluckman

in a groundbreaking pro bono partnership, the law firm teams up with a medical cannabis advocacy group.


Donald Trump, left, and Richard Nixon, right.

Trump and the Rule of Law: Echoes of Nixon

By Steven J. Harper

A columnist sees shades of Richard Nixon in Donald Trump's candidacy that go beyond Trump's "rule of law" sloganeering.

A Grande Headache: Class Actions Multiply for Starbucks

By Jenna Greene

Starbucks is being sued for allegedly cheating its customers by underfilling their drinks—as in one-quarter inch below the rim on lattes—and also by putting too much ice in cold drinks.

Brexit shattered glass

Letter From London: Capital Demise Is Pure Brexit Speculation

By Chris Johnson

Brexit may be good news for such European cities as Frankfurt and Paris. But don't write off London.

For the Public Good

By Kim Kleman

It's been a noteworthy year for pro bono service.


The Workplace Bully Is a Liability

By Staff

Every company needs a policy to deal with tyrants, lawyers say—and other short reports that your clients are talking about.

Paul Clement of Bancroft following a funeral mass for late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Feb. 20, 2016.

Want To Do Conservative Pro Bono? Good Luck.

By Vivia Chen

Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.

Why Do the Panama Papers Name So Few American Clients?

By Michael D. Goldhaber

U.S. citizens get relatively few mentions in the Panama Papers. The explanation might be aggressive American tax enforcement—or inadequate U.S. measures to counter money laundering.

The Work

U.S. ex rel. O'Donnell v. Countrywide Federal Trade Commission v. Advocate Health Care Network In re Delta/AirTran Baggage Fee Antitrust Litigation Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International

By —R. Robin McDonald, with S.F.

BofA sees a $1.27B judgment tossed, hospitals turn back the FTC's efforts to block their merger, and more.

The Best News Curator Apps for Your Smartphone

By Alan Cohen

We put three leading news aggregation apps to the test. Which one ended up in the slow reading group?