Anonymous User wrote:I have no personal experience with Shook Hardy and Bacon. They have fewer than half the number of attorneys worldwide than does Bryan Cave (but that's not an incredibly important metric). They are not a V100 firm, but it looks like they do some interesting things. Glancing at their structure, it looks like their satellite offices are a little more specialized than are Bryan Cave's, but that's not a positive or a negative: just a difference. Looks like a solid enough firm. I guess I'd say BC has more prestige due to size/vault ranking/greater national and international reach, but I don't feel quite right about passing judgement on a firm I know so little about, so don't take my word for it!
Comparing BC to SHB really depends on practice area. SHB is almost all litigation, and that practice is very national/international and very well respected. I'd put their lit practice over BC, no doubt, in clients, reputation, prestige, and everything else. I'd bet that their absence on the V100 is largely due to how heavily transactional the prestige rankings are. For that practice, BC wins hands down.
If you're looking at SHB's KC office, the total number of attorneys at either firm is meaningless, as that office has substantially more attorneys than any BC office. I agree that SHB's small satellite offices should be looked at differently than BC's sizable satellite offices. BC's presence in markets where SHB doesn't have offices will also increase name recognition there, so if you think you might eventually want to be in one of those areas you should keep that in mind.
SHB also wins for work/life balance. They've been consistently ranked in the top 5 on Vault in the "hours" category, and for general quality of life. They're also pretty high up for diversity, if that matters to you. If you do CBs at both I think you'll notice a significant difference in firm culture, and if you do your research and talk to associates it shouldn't be too hard to tell. It's notable that SHB didn't do deferrals or no-offers throughout the recession, and still had PPP above $1 million (which is crazy for Missouri). Not knocking firms that did what they felt they had to do, but doing no deferrals
ITE stands out to me.
Both great places to work, for sure, but very different firms. It really depends on what you want to do.
Also, IIRC Lewis Rice didn't "immediately" match BC's salary bump - it took a year or two. Not to split hairs, just something I noticed.