Law is one of the most high-demand occupations in the world, with a legacy that dates back hundreds of years. The high-paying wages and reputability that come with practicing law can be attributed to this success. The top ten largest and most powerful law firms in the world are mentioned below.
Kirkland & Ellis
|Revenue Per year||$4.1 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||2514|
Kirkland & Ellis, a Chicago-based law firm, is at the top of the list of the world’s 15 biggest law firms. This company has seen impressive sales growth in recent years, with revenue more than doubling in 2018. Over the last two years, the practice has become the world’s largest law firm in terms of sales, with 15 branches in four continents.
Latham & Watkins
|Revenue Per year||$3.8 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||2,700+|
Latham & Watkins, a leader in the legal sector, is one of the world’s leading law firms by sales. This company was the first to reach a turnover of $3 billion per year. In the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the firm has offices in 14 countries. The firm’s current headquarters are in New York City, although it was established in Los Angeles, California, in January 1934. It is well-known as one of the world’s highest-paying law firms.
|Revenue Per year||$2.92 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||4720|
Baker Mckenzie is a leading international law firm based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The firm operates from 73 offices across 45 countries around the world. Originally known as Baker & McKenzie upon its formation in 1949, the firm was renamed to Baker McKenzie in 2016. Over half of the firms deals are cross-border, and that is what it is most known for. It is a progressive law firm, announcing gender diversity targets in June 2019 to include equal ratios of men and women as well as a quota of flexible individuals as part of their employments.
|Revenue Per year||$2.8 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||3702|
DLA Piper is one of the largest multinational law firms, with lawyers in more than 40 countries. It was established in 2005 following a mega-merger of many major law firms.
With annual sales of $3.11 billion and offices in London and Chicago, this company came in third. It has about 4,000 attorneys working in its offices, with specialty fields ranging from education to government procurement to insurance to telecommunications.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
|Revenue Per year||$2.6 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||1,700+|
Skadden Arps was founded in 1948. Skadden has 22 branches across the world, employing over 1,700 attorneys in more than 50 specialty areas, with its headquarters in New York.
The company’s estimated annual sales was $2.63 billion. The company provides legal advice to companies, financial firms, and government departments all around the world.
|Revenue Per year||$2.89 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||10,000|
Dentons is a global law firm that was established in March 2013 by the merging of three law firms. It has the most attorneys of any law firm in the country, as well as the most offices in any law type in the world. Dentons has 190 branches in 77 countries on all seven continents. It also has no specific headquarters and operates mostly in the cities of London, Beijing, and Washington, D.C.
|Revenue Per year||$2.34 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||1,943|
Sidley, as it’s more widely called, was established in 1866 and is headquartered in Chicago. It had $2.34 billion in turnover and over 1,900 attorneys in 20 offices around the country.
Corporate and finance, jobs, regulatory and government relations, and tax law are among the firm’s specialties.
|Revenue Per year||$2.3 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||2, 912|
The company, which was formed in 1987 by the merger of Coward Chance, which was founded in 1802, and Clifford Turner, which was founded in 1900, is one of the world’s largest law firms in terms of sales and lawyer count. The company is part of the prestigious Magic Circle and is based in London, England. Clifford Chance had the largest sales of all Magic Circle law firms in 2019. It has won several awards, including International Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 IFLR Europe Awards. The group is best known for its work in banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets, and has 574 partners in 32 offices across 21 countries.
Morgan Lewis, & Bockius
|Revenue Per year||$2.3 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||2,200|
Morgan Lewis & Bockius is a global law firm with 774 partners, 2015 attorneys, and 31 offices around the world. The company advises businesses in a wide range of sectors. The company, which was founded in 1873 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is said to represent three-quarters of the Fortune 100. In 2015, the company filed an amicus brief on behalf of 379 businesses in a Supreme Court case that ruled in favour of same-sex weddings around the country.
|Revenue Per year||$2.25 Billion|
|Number of Lawyers||2, 494|
Hogan Lovells was created in 2010 by the merging of two major law firms: Hogan & Hartson, which was founded in 1904, and Lovells, which was founded in 1899. The company has offices in London, the United Kingdom, and Washington, D.C., the United States. Hogan Lovells is a global law company with more than 40 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The company has worked with a variety of well-known brands, including Dell (NYSE:DELL), Papa John’s (NASDAQ:PZZA), Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), and Walmart (NYSE:WMT). Hogan Lovells was named to Forbes’ America’s Most Trusted Corporate Law Firms 2019 list in 2019.