Big law firms with the best and worst cultures? Let’s make a list. (Saw this in the comments on another post, but think it could use a broader audience).

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Former McDermott associate here. Sure culture varies by office/practice group but it is definitely not on the “worst” list and likely is among the best- it’s more of the humane biglaw firms out there.

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Best: Keker, Cooley, Gibson.
Worst: Kirkland, Quinn if you don’t thrive in that environment, McDermott.

Source: personal experience, co-counsel, friends.

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Jones Day. The firm of the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

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Best: OMM, Willkie, top boutiques
Worst: S&C, Cadwalader, Jones Day, Kirkland, V&E, McDermott

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That’s kind of crazy because everyone I know at Kirkland funds practice is hitting 2500 this billable year. We’re all midlevels so maybe there is a gap because of year.

I’ve always heard Ropes’ culture is fantastic

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A36, no. Stop this nonsense.

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Think Mofo is pretty great but depends on the group

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Morrison & Foerster

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It really all just depends on office / group

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I think Winston has a great culture. Strong mentorship. Commitment to diversity (they put their money where their mouth is). No screamers. Minimal facetime.

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I have a friend who was at Winston in Chicago for like 6 years who would vehemently disagree with the statement that their culture is great.

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Best: Weil Gotshal (at least my group)

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Concur

Worst: Hunton in California. When approximately a dozen associates leave your 25 attorney office in 2 years it's time for some introspection

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A23 it’s not outside of California. CA is truly a special place for L&E

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Best: Gibson.

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Was at Gibson OC, litigation. Firm's lowest billing office. "Good as big law gets" seems accurate.

Best: OMM

At least in DC, they just have a lot of cool, down to earth people, and the partners genuinely care about the associates.

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I’ve heard the opposite about their CA offices (from lawyers who worked there).

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Worst: DC office at Covington.

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AGC1, I am dying to know why you think this.

I’ve always heard good things about Mintz.

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Which practice group was she in at W&C in NY?

Best: Haynes Boone TX offices

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LOL

Best: Polsinelli PC

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Not sure. I think so but I started after

Best: Jackson Lewis

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A22: your measure of biglaw is obviously different, I get it. No need to be obnoxious. It’s literally just a term

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Willkie has a great culture

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This is like a legacy thing they definitely do not have a good culture currently

Best: BakerHostetler

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Though lifestyle is group specific, I think Kilpatrick has a great culture all around

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Troutman Pepper: really good.

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Correction, special Covid bonuses

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