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DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:57 pm

I have a good idea how the NY firms break down in terms of prestige. But could someone give my an idea of how the DC firms rank in terms of prestige. Would I be wrong in assuming that its:

Tier One
Williams & Connolly

Tier Two
Covington & Burling, WilmerHale, Arnold & Porter

Tier Three
everyone else

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:59 pm

depends on the kind of work you're talking about

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I have a good idea how the NY firms break down in terms of prestige. But could someone give my an idea of how the DC firms rank in terms of prestige. Would I be wrong in assuming that its:

Tier One
Williams & Connolly

Tier Two
Covington & Burling, WilmerHale, Arnold & Porter

Tier Three
everyone else


This is right. Although it assumes that you aren't talking about corporate work and are only considering litigation. But that's fair considering people rank NYC firms with the reverse logic. And it makes sense because NYC's strength is corporate while DC's is lit.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have a good idea how the NY firms break down in terms of prestige. But could someone give my an idea of how the DC firms rank in terms of prestige. Would I be wrong in assuming that its:

Tier One
Williams & Connolly

Tier Two
Covington & Burling, WilmerHale, Arnold & Porter

Tier Three
everyone else


This is right. Although it assumes that you aren't talking about corporate work and are only considering litigation. But that's fair considering people rank NYC firms with the reverse logic. And it makes sense because NYC's strength is corporate while DC's is lit.


I might put Gibson Dunn in Tier Two.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:15 pm

I would put Boies Schiller in tier 1 or 2.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby rayiner » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:15 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I have a good idea how the NY firms break down in terms of prestige. But could someone give my an idea of how the DC firms rank in terms of prestige. Would I be wrong in assuming that its:

Tier One
Williams & Connolly

Tier Two
Covington & Burling, WilmerHale, Arnold & Porter

Tier Three
everyone else


Unsupportable A&P trolling.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby rayiner » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:45 pm

DC is a market where there isn't a clear hierarchy that encompasses all the practice areas that might be relevant to you. Covington is great at lit/regulatory work, Kirkland and Latham are great for private equity corporate work, Cleary is great for anti-trust, Hogan and Wiley are great for telecom. It's not like NYC where the top firms dominate all the major practice areas.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:56 pm

Why no love for AP? Their vault regional ranking is basically identical to Wilmer, they have a lot of work and they are doing the att deal.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby ResIpsa21 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:07 am

IMO, this post embodies the very worst of TLS-style prestige whoring. All rankings, tiers and vault references with no consideration for what the firms are actually good for.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:12 am

Anonymous User wrote:Why no love for AP? Their vault regional ranking is basically identical to Wilmer, they have a lot of work and they are doing the att deal.


Curious about this, and also the lack of love for Skadden DC. Weighing both right now, leaning Skadden for full-serviceness, but both seem really legit.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:13 am

The funny thing is that the 1) best salary and 2) best lifestyle both come from working at a DC tax boutique like Ivins. However, you are all fighting to get into a position where you will likely be chewed up and spit out after 3 or 4 years and have to bill 1.5 times the number of hours for 2/3 the pay.

I don't get the culture on TLS at all.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:23 am

What? Boies is amazing... How can you even say that?

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:29 am

rayiner wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have a good idea how the NY firms break down in terms of prestige. But could someone give my an idea of how the DC firms rank in terms of prestige. Would I be wrong in assuming that its:

Tier One
Williams & Connolly

Tier Two
Covington & Burling, WilmerHale, Arnold & Porter

Tier Three
everyone else


Unsupportable A&P trolling.


OP here: assume I'm talking general lit....do the rankings stay the same?

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Sequoia90 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:58 pm

I am not exactly sure what you are basing your "prestige" rankings on, but here are the Chambers & Partners rankings: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/uk/Editorial/42873

Litigation: District of Columbia

Band 1
Williams & Connolly LLP

Band 2
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
WilmerHale

Band 3
Arnold & Porter LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Jones Day
O'Melveny & [deleted] LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Band 4
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Miller & Chevalier
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby DoubleChecks » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What? Boies is amazing... How can you even say that?


Curious about this as well.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:40 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
What? Boies is amazing... How can you even say that?


Curious about this as well.


Boies is great, sure; but there is nothing about the DC office that makes it stand out among the DC powerhouses. They don't do anything specific to DC. They do almost zero government work in that office. It is all general commercial lit.

Also, they are in friendship heights, which might as well be Maryland. Kill me.

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby PeanutHead » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:52 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Also, they are in friendship heights, which might as well be Maryland. Kill me.


Yeah they are literally 1 block from the Maryland line. No good

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Re: DC firms prestige rankings?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:51 pm

And Chambers corporate DC:

Band 1
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Band 2
Arnold & Porter LLP
Covington & Burling LLP

Band 3
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cooley LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
WilmerHale




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