15 Largest Law Firms In The United States

By Jack Flynn - Feb. 18, 2021

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While navigating the various United States court systems can be a stressful, and sometimes harrowing experience, the fact is that many of us will find ourselves embroiled in them at one point or another.

Whether you’re dealing with a trial court, appeals court, or a state supreme court, sometimes lawyering up is simply unavoidable.

Luckily, from divorces to traffic tickets, there’s a 1.3 million licensed lawyers, and over 200 law firms with at least 500 attorneys to choose from. There are even entire law firms dedicated to highly specific types of cases.

So what are the largest law firms in America? To answer that, we’ve gathered a list of the top 15 largest law firms, based on their most recent number of employed attorneys.

  1. Baker McKenzie — Chicago, Illinois

  2. DLA Piper — New York City, New York

  3. Norton Rose Fulbright — Houston, Texas

  4. Hogan Lovells — Washington, D.C.

  5. Latham Watkins — New York City, New York

  6. Jones Day — Washington, D.C.

  7. Kirkland Ellis — Chicago, Illinois

  8. White Case — New York City, New York

  9. Morgan, Lewis Bockius — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  10. Greenberg Traurig — Miami, Florida

  11. Sidley Austin — Chicago, Illinois

  12. KL Gates — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  13. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom — New York City, New York

  14. Mayer Brown — Chicago, Illinois

  15. Reed Smith — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

America’s 15 Largest Law Firms: A Closer Look

  1. Baker McKenzie

    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

    US Attorneys: 4,720

    Holding its place as the number one largest law firm in America, Baker Mckenzie is a general practice law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. This law firm is actually one of the largest in the world, with 77 offices in 46 counties. Worldwide, Baker Mckenzie employs over 6,000 attorneys, and domestically that number is 4,720.

    As mentioned, Baker Mckenzie focuses more on general practice than specialization. However, a majority of the law firm’s cases revolve around corporate law.

    Some of the case types they handle include:

  2. DLA Piper

    Headquarters: New York City, New York

    US Attorneys: 3,702

    Earning its spot as the second-largest law firm in the US, DLA Piper is actually the largest law firm headquartered in New York City. Additionally, they maintain offices in 40 countries, from the Asian Pacific to Europe.

    DLA Piper was the result of a major 2005 merger between Gray Cary Ware Freidenrich, Piper Rudnick, and DLA. Because DLA was originally based in the UK, DLA Piper is technically classified as a multinational law firm.

    This law firm has several practice areas, including:

    • Banking

    • Competition and trade

    • Corporate crime

    • Corporate finance

    • Employment

    • Energy

    • Government affairs

    • Hospitality and leisure

    • Insurance

    • Intellectual property

    • Litigation

    • Mergers

    • Pensions

    • Private equity

    • Real estate

    • Securities

    • Tax

    • Technology

  3. Norton Rose Fulbright

    Headquarters: Houston, Texas
    US Attorneys: 3,376

    Norton Rose Fulbright is a revenue giant formed by a 2013 merger between the UK-based Norton Rose and US-based Fulbright Jaworski.

    As an international law firm, they have over 50 offices across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. Worldwide, they employ over 3,700 attorneys.

    Norton Rose Fulbright’s main clientele includes major corporations, financial institutions, and innovative startups. That being said, their general expertise lies in the following:

    • Financial institutions

    • Energy

    • Infrastructure

    • Mining

    • Commodities

    • Transport

    • Technology and innovation

    • Sciences

    • Health care

  4. Hogan Lovells

    Headquarters: Washington, D.C.

    US Attorneys: 2,636

    Hogan Lovells is one of the newest major law firms on this list, being formed by a 2020 merger between the US-based Hogan Hartson and UK-based Lovells.

    Technically, this law firm has two headquarters, with one located in Washington, D.C., and the other in London. However, they have at least 40 other offices across the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

    Hogan Lovells is classified as a general practice law firm, but they mainly specialize in corporate clients. Their major practice areas include:

    • Government regulation

    • Litigation

    • Arbitration

    • Finance

    • Intellectual property

  5. Latham Watkins

    Headquarters: New York City, New York

    US Attorneys: 2,540

    Founded almost a hundred years ago in 1934, Latham Watkins is a long-standing international law firm. This law firm employs over 2,700 attorneys across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Latham Watkins’s notable prestige garners them a high-paying clientele. They’re known for being well-rounded and capable of handling a plethora of case types.

    Additionally, Latham Watkins seems to have a high interest in political affairs. In the 2016 election cycle, they donated 83% of their 1.8 million dollar contributions to American Democratic candidates.

  6. Jones Day

    Headquarters: Washington, D.C.

    US Attorneys: 2,518

    Jones Day is one of the oldest law firms on this list, founded an astounding 128 years ago in 1893. This law firm is well known as a corporate supporter, as they represent over half of the Fortune 500 companies. Some of the most well known on this list include Goldman Sachs, General Motors, and even McDonald’s.

    Most notably, Jones Day doesn’t shy away from its political leanings. In 2016, they donated 78.8% of their $2.83 million toward Donald Trump and other Republicans.

    Additionally, they served as outside counsel for Donald Trump in 2020 and helped him challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.

    Overall, Jones Day focuses their legal efforts on corporate management and corporate issues, from regulation to finance.

  7. Kirkland Ellis

    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

    US Attorneys: 2,307

    While Kirkland Ellis is the largest law firm in America by revenue, they come in at number seven by number of attorneys. This law firm was founded 112 years ago in 1909, and since then has developed nine major offices across the US.

    Over the years Kirkland Ellis has had its fair share of controversial and high-profile clients, from Jeffery Epstein to Brett Kavanaugh. One of the law firm’s major areas of focus is commercial litigation, but they also specialize in other corporate interests.

  8. White Case

    Headquarters: New York City, New York

    US Attorneys: 2,150

    Founded in 1901, White Case is an international law firm based in New York City. As of 2021, the law firm has 44 offices in 30 countries, spanning from Latin America to Asia.

    Classified as a general practice law firm, White Case typically specializes in white-collar legal issues. They handle the following cases:

    • Antitrust

    • Investigations

    • Finance

    • Arbitration

    • Insolvency

  9. Morgan, Lewis Bockius

    Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    US Attorneys: 2,015

    Founded almost 150 years ago in 1873, this American-based law firm is still standing strong, and is even the largest law firm in the US with a woman as its chair. Morgan, Lewis Bockius has 31 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

    Generally speaking, this law firm handles a wide range of cases, including:

    • Corporate law

    • Labor and employment

    • Litigation

    • Regulation

    • Intellectual property

    • Energy

    • Environmental

    • Financial services

    • Healthcare

    • Retail and e-commerce

    • Technology

    Over the years Morgan, Lewis Bockius has serviced a wide range of controversial clients, from Donald Trump to Al Gore.

  10. Greenberg Traurig

    Headquarters: Miami, Florida
    US Attorneys: 1,962

    Though their largest office is in New York City, Greenberg and Traurig’s headquarters is located in Miami, Florida. Overall, this law firm has 41 offices spread out across the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and employs roughly 2,200 attorneys worldwide.

    Greenberg Traurig typically lobbies during election cycles, and their donations are split evenly between Democratic and Republican candidates.

    This law firm’s clientele tends to be people and companies from the entertainment and media sector, but they have other practice areas as well. These include:

    • Business reorganization

    • Bankruptcy

    • Litigation

    • Securities

    • Intellectual property

    • Information technology

    • Real estate

    • Tax

    • Global trade

    • Governmental affairs

    • Public finance

    • Environmental and land development

    • Gaming

  11. Sidley Austin

    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

    US Attorneys: 1,943

    Today’s Sidley Austin was formed by a 2001 merger between the original, Chicago-based Sidley Austin, and the New York-based Brown Wood. Today, this law firm has 20 offices worldwide, including their newest in Munich, Germany.

    Though Sidley Austin is a general practice law firm, their expertise lies in transactional and litigation cases. Over the years, they’ve actually been involved in over 225 Supreme Court cases.

  12. KL Gates

    Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    US Attorneys: 1,756

    KL Gates is a general practice law firm formed by the 2007 merger between the Pittsburgh-based Kirkpatrick Lockhart, and the Seattle-based Preston Gates Ellis. One of Preston Gates Ellis’s most prominent partners, William H. Gates, was actually the father of Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates.

    Today, KL Gates maintains 45 offices across North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Their main areas of expertise include:

    • Corporate transactions

    • Energy

    • Infrastructure

    • Finance

    • Intellectual property

    • Workplace safety

    • Litigation

    • Dispute resolution

    • gt;Real estate

    • Regulation

  13. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom

    Headquarters: New York City, New York

    US Attorneys: 1,744

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom, commonly known as Skadden, is an international law firm with 22 offices globally. Some of their major practice areas include transactions, litigation, and regulation.

    Skadden is no stranger to controversy, as their 2012 work in Ukraine landed them in some hot water with the FBI. The law firm assisted Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine.

    After several federal investigations into the matter, Skadden ended up paying a $4.6 million settlement to the Department of Justice, due to the fact that they hadn’t registered as a foreign agent before taking Yanukovych on as a client.

  14. Mayer Brown

    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

    US Attorneys: 1,570

    Mayer Brown is a general practice law firm with 26 offices across North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Worldwide, this law firm employs over 1,600 attorneys, and domestically, that number is 1,570.

    Mayer Brown specializes in knowledge of diversity and cultural issues, as well as leading companies through particularly complex deals and disputes. In 2020, they’ve focused heavily on issues revolving around COVID-19, including cases involving remote work.

  15. Reed Smith

    Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    US Attorneys: 1,544

    Reed Smith is a global law firm founded almost 150 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This law firm has 30 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Typically, Reed Smith handles clients who need assistance with:

    • Bankruptcy

    • Insurance

    • Finance

    • Employment

    • Litigation

    Some of the firm’s most notable clients include Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), Netflix, and Toyota.

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Jack Flynn is a writer for Zippia. In his professional career he’s written over 100 research papers, articles and blog posts. Some of his most popular published works include his writing about economic terms and research into job classifications. Jack received his BS from Hampshire College.

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