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Four Law Firms Listed on Annual Best Companies to Work For List

By Jason Beahm on January 25, 2011 5:46 AM

Who knew? Working at a law firm is actually a great job. How do we know this? Because four law firms landed on Fortune's top 100 companies to work for list:

  • Alston & Bird was recognized was having its own child-care campus a block away from its offices which provides full day care to 110 children.
  • Bingham McCutchen was recognized for diversity and a comittment to community service and pro bono committments. Also scored second highest on the list regarding associate salary, with $219,888.

  • Baker Donelson was recognized for a commitment to public service and pro bono comittments. Also claims to have never had a layoff, ever. Also scored third highest on the list regarding associate salary, with $182,681.
  • Perkins Coie was recognized for top clients including Boeing, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Starbucks and educating employees on how the firm's work impacts companies' success.
  • Nevermind how Fortune makes the picks for the list. With all of the stories of mass layoffs and a non-existent work/life balance, it is rather remarkable that any law firms made the list.

    However, last year, there were actually two more firms on the list: Arnold & Porter and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. What did they do that caused them to drop off the list? Are the firms not as good as they were a year ago? That's always a question with lists like the Fortune and US News & World Report College rankings.

    It is worth noting than none of the law firms on the Fortune list made it due to having a strong work-life balance or high number of telecommuters. That hardly comes as a surprise.

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