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My general sense is that PW has a slight edge in cachet/prestige/reputation for lit in NYC, but the cultures and business models of these places are much bigger differentiators. E.g. if you don't mind having to eat only what you kill, KE might allow you to get interesting substantive work earlier if you're good and aggressive. Skadden is, well, Skadden.
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Anonymous User wrote:Curious why PW is so thoroughly dominating? I am choosing between PW and (potentially) K&E and leaning PW but did not think it was this simple a decision.
TLS oversimplifies. PW is reduced to "best NY firm for litigation," which makes voting easy. I'd guess (but didn't check) that Chambers would rank PW and Skadden band 1 and K&E NY band 2. So PW is a great choice, but OP should think about the types of cases that each handles and the fit/feel of the firms, then choose from those factors.
Anonymous User wrote:My general sense is that PW has a slight edge in cachet/prestige/reputation for lit in NYC, but the cultural and business model of these places is a much bigger differentiator. E.g. if you don't mind having to eat only what you kill, KE might allow you to get interesting substantive work earlier if you're good and aggressive. Skadden is, well, Skadden.
Agree with most of this, but from what I've heard, K&E's eat-what-you-kill reputation is overstated. A free market system creates a cutthroat environment when work is scarce, but when a firm's busy (and K&E lit will be busy with BP for years), a free market system can work in an associate's favor. Because there's too much work and too few people to do it, associates have more say in what they do and who for (assuming their work product is good enough that partners and sr associates want them to do more).
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