Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why not available in Canada?

Dear Jon,

Thank you very much for contacting CyberSmokeBlog with the information. To the best of our knowledge this level of detail in ranking of Biglaw Canadian firms by area of specialization does not exist. We know not why.

Clare L. Pieuk

Hello Clare,

Today, unveiled its Practice Area Rankings for 2012, examining how close to 16,000 associates ranked firms in 25 practice areas ranging from Appellate Litigation to Tax.

I’ve included a press release detailing all the No. 1 firms. I'd like to gauge your interest in writing a story about the rankings -- or including the rankings as part of an overall trend story.

Law editors will be available to discuss the rankings and their impact on the legal profession. Please let me know if you have questions.

Thank you,

New York, NY, (July 27, 2011), the source of ratings, rankings and insight for law students and lawyers, has released its Practice Area Rankings for 2012, examining how law firms rank in 25 practice areas ranging from Antitrust to Tax.

The 2012 Vault Law Rankings are based on the results of the annual Vault Law Firm Associate Survey, in which 16,000 associates participated this year. In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms they consider strongest in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Vault’s rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well the total percentage of votes, offering associates a tool to aid in their career search.

“The law industry is not a one-size-fits-all industry, and for law students and laterals looking for the best match, Vault’s practice area rankings provide another way to assess potential employers by understanding which firms excel in specific practice areas based on the perspectives of associates at peer law firms,” said Mary Kate Sheridan, Law Editor.

Top Ranked Firms in Corporate Categories and Representative “Buzz” From Associates at Peer Firms

General Corporate Practice:
Wachtell (“Brilliant; hard-working; would hire them if I ran a company”)

M&A: Wachtell (“Still the king of M&A”)

Private Equity: Simpson Thacher (“PE powerhouse”)

Securities: Sullivan & Cromwell (“Hire very smart people”)

Top Ranked Firms in Litigation Categories and Representative “Buzz” From Associates at Peer Firms

General Commercial Litigation: Kirkland & Ellis (“Quietly great”)

Antitrust Litigation: Skadden Arps (“The leader in all things”)

Appellate Litigation: Gibson Dunn (“Top litigators”)

Class Actions: Skadden Arps (“Powerhouse”)

IP Litigation: Fish & Richardson (“IP warriors”)

Labor & Employment Disputes: Morgan Lewis (“Strong labor & employment practice”)

Products Liability: Skadden Arps (“Most impressed I have been with any firm”)

Securities Litigation: Skadden Arps (“They were smart and professional at all times”)

White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations: Williams & Connolly (“The best litigators in the country”)

Top Ranked Firms in Other Categories and Representative “Buzz” From Associates at Peer Firms

Antitrust (Tie):
Arnold & Porter (“Outstanding, top-notch firm”)/Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (“Brilliant Associates”)

Bankruptcy: Weil Gotshal (“Unmatched bankruptcy expertise”)

Clean Tech: Baker Botts (“Smart attorneys”)

Energy, Oil & Gas: Baker Botts (“Extremely strong energy practice”)

Intellectual Property: Fish & Richardson (“Top-notch IP”)

International: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“The cream of the ‘Magic Circle’ firms that operate in the US”)

Labor & Employment: Morgan Lewis (“Top Mid-Atlantic firm”)

Real Estate: Fried Frank (“Great real estate”)

Tax: Skadden Arps (“Very prestigious”)

Technology: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (“Still the king”)

View the Complete Practice Area Rankings.

About Vault is the source of employer and university rankings, ratings and reconnaissance for highly-credentialed, in-demand candidates. is organized by profession, industry, company and school. Vault profiles, rankings and assessment tools deliver the insider perspective and career research candidates need to successfully match themselves to the best available jobs, employers and career opportunities. The website features profiles on more than 4,500 employers, 4,000 universities and hundreds of industries and professions including the law, finance, accounting and consulting sectors. Founded in 1996, is the only career resource of its kind and attracts more than 1000 employer and recruiter advertisers, more than 1200 school and institutional subscribers and millions of individual visitors and members.


Jon Minners


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