The Vault rankings are out!

I was on vault.com today and noticed that the firm rankings for 2008 are out. Of particular interest are their Quality of Life rankings with the Top 20 Law Firms to Work For. Looks like McKee Nelson takes the top overall honors this year.

I always find the “hours” section of the quality of life rankings particularly interesting. Winstead Sechrest is ranked 6th this year for hours, which comes on top of their announcement last week that they will not raise first year salaries to 160k (unlike many of the big players in Texas), instead focusing on a higher bonus structure. Another Texas-based firm, Thompson & Knight, also made the best hours list. On the other end of the spectrum, Thompson & Knight was one of the first Texas-based firms to raise salaries recently. I wonder what effect this will have on the rankings for these two firms next year?

Suzanne Howe
BCG Attorney Search, Texas

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