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The Biglaw Firms That Are Best For Associate Satisfaction (2022)

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‘We love our firm!’

What does it take to cultivate job satisfaction at a law firm? In a new report from BTI Consulting, associates pointed out exactly what they wanted from and valued in their work lives, and which firms were the best at committing to their overall happiness.

Here’s an interesting newsflash from the report: it’s not all about the money for Biglaw associates. In fact, just 17% of associates are all about the Benjamins. According to BTI, 83% of their associate respondents are looking for much more from their firms, including these eight core activities:

  • Commitment to helping associates in their career
  • Specific action to help develop a career path
  • Access to training they need
  • Good mentoring
  • Optimism about growing within their firm
  • High levels of job satisfaction
  • Being well paid
  • Having at least one partner watching out for them

After going evaluating 4,000 responses, BTI found that 147 Biglaw firms did the best job when it came to associate satisfaction. But which firms did the best in each category? Today, we’ll take a look at the firms that are real winners when it comes to helping associates in their careers and partners who have associates’ backs.

Firms that are committed to helping associates in their career

  • Baker Donelson
  • Faegre Drinker
  • Fenwick & West
  • Fisher Phillips
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Jones Day
  • Milbank
  • Mintz
  • Polsinelli
  • Skadden
  • Wilson Sonsini

Firms where at least one partner is invested in associates’ success

  • Baker Donelson
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Faegre Drinker
  • Fenwick & West
  • Fisher Phillips
  • Gunderson Dettmer
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Katten
  • Milbank
  • Mintz
  • Venable
  • Wilson Elser

Congratulations to each of these firms. Great work on pleasing your associates in these important areas. We’ll continue our coverage of the Biglaw firms considered the Best of the Best for satisfaction in the days to come.

Associates Name 147 Law Firms Best at Cultivating Job Satisfaction — And Why [BTI Consulting]

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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