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TDJD84

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Big Law QOL
« on: February 01, 2007, 03:11:06 AM »
Does anyone know what law firms in Chicago are known for having a good quality of life (work/life balance)??? ???

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Re: Big Law QOL
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007, 07:22:23 AM »
Define "good BIGLAW quality of life" in a way that's not oxymoronic.  It's all relative, so you have to know very specifically what you want.  A couple of Sundays a month?  You're probably fine anywhere.  Going home at 8?  No problem.

If you want all of your weekends off and to go home by 6, you're going to have to start looking at slightly smaller firms (what they call on GreedyAssociates "BIGLAW lite").  Best way to tell is to find a firm that's $10K/year lower (in salary) than the big firms, most firms that do a lot of business could afford to keep up with market salaries, so in keeping a salary slightly below market, a firm is telling you something.
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Re: Big Law QOL
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2007, 10:40:28 AM »
By QOL, I meant going home around 7, and weekends free, with the occasional late nighter and a weekend here and there.  More importantly a friendly firm.  Great environment. 

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Re: Big Law QOL
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2007, 04:08:53 PM »
I doubt there is such a firm in BIGLAW

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Re: Big Law QOL
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2007, 05:21:54 PM »
By QOL, I meant going home around 7, and weekends free, with the occasional late nighter and a weekend here and there.  More importantly a friendly firm.  Great environment. 

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Re: Big Law QOL
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2007, 04:00:15 PM »
I've heard that the CA offices of Lewis Brisboi Bisgard & Smith (sp) is good from a couple friends that got jobs there - might hold true for their Chicago office too?

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Re: Big Law QOL
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2007, 01:29:20 AM »
Here are some QOL ratings from a National Jurist magazine a little while back.
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/nationaljurist1106/

My notes are in italics.  I only did research on some of the firms.  You'll want to use www.nalpdirectory.com to see if any of these I haven't noted have offices in Chicago.

Overall Satisfaction

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold (About 30 attorneys in Chicago office)
Jenkens & Gilchrist (no longer in business)
Munger Tolles & Olson
Williams & Connolly
Carlton Fields
Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Saul Ewing
Hogan & Hartson
Fish & Richardson
Morrison & Foerster

For Lawyers with Kids
Arnold and Porter (DC)
Wilmer Hale (DC)
Paul Hastings (Atlanta, Costa Mesa, LA, Hong Kong, San Diego, San Francisco, Stamford, DC, Tokyo)
Gleary Gottlieb (DC)
Ropes and Gray (San Fran, Boston, DC)
Simpson Thacher (London, LA, Palo Alto)
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Dallas, Denver, LA, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Fran, DC)

Hours
Jenkens & Gilchrist (no longer in business)
Saul Ewing
Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold (About 30 attorneys in Chicago office)
Wiley Rein & Fielding
Munger Tolles & Olson
McGuire Woods (About 150 attorneys in Chicago office)
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Williams & Connolly
Thompson Hine
Winston and Strawn (About 450 attorneys in Chicago office)


Vault Top 20 QOL firms (2006 ranking).  The 2007 data is out there somewhere, but the site is currently down.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Hogan & Hartson LLP
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Cooley Godward LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Jenkens & Gilchrist, PC (no longer in business)
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ropes & Gray LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Irell & Manella LLP
McKee Nelson LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.