Anonymous User wrote:As someone who lived in South Florida for many years, the obvious answer is GT. They are Chambers Band 1 in almost every practice area. They dominate the Miami legal market. Yes, Boies, Weil, W&C have that nice vault ranking, but they are satellites in Miami. Who is turning down GT for another biglaw firm in Miami? Very few people, if anyone.
This is not true.
(1) Boies (Miami) is not a satellite; it used to be Zack Kosnitsky and merged into Boies. It has it's own clients and pays the same base salary as NY. (2) according to one poster, GT's starting salary is 145K. Boies is 174K + bonus (which according to ABTL had a median of 75K). I don't know about you, but I'd turn down GT. Boies is paying 100K more.
Between 160K at Weil or 145K at GT, I'd also be hard pressed not to accept at Weil. They are a satellite, but are very well regarded in the community (I think they generate their own work as well).
Even if I agree that GT has more "prestige" than BSF or WGM (which I don't), tell me where I can spend all that prestige?
It is hard to compare a firm like Podhurst or Colson to GT, b/c we have no data on salary. But in terms of community recognition they are on par with GT. In terms of doing substantive work, they destroy GT.
GT may have the Chambers rankings, but they are NOT the #1 gig in Miami. IMHO.