The A-List: Best in Class 2013

, The American Lawyer

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For the third year in a row, Munger, Tolles & Olson, Paul Hastings, and Hughes Hubbard & Reed occupy the top three spots on the A-List—although not in the same order. Propelled by an increase in its pro bono score, Munger leaped from third place last year to reclaim the first place ranking that it held consecutively from 2008 to 2010 [see "The A-List"]. "It's nice to be back at the top," says Sandra Seville-Jones, the firm's managing partner. She pointed to matters involving the military's combat exclusion policy and California legislation that targeted gay conversion therapy to explain the spike in the firm's pro bono hours, which went from an average of 72.4 hours per lawyer to 96.6 hours per lawyer. With four first-place notches on its belt, the Los Angeles–based firm is now even with Debevoise & Plimpton for the most A-List first-place rankings since the inaugural A-List in 2003.

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