Corporate Board Member Announces 18th Annual Corporate Law Firms Rankings

Corporate Board Member, a division of Chief Executive Group and a market leader in board education, today announced the rankings of its 18th annual America’s Best Corporate Law Firms. The study, a comprehensive ranking by U.S. corporate directors and general counsel across the country, is conducted entirely online and reflects the opinions of 250 participating directors and general counsel of publicly traded companies.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz took the top-ranking spot this year, pushing New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates down to #2 for the first time since the ranking’s inception.

Three firms — Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Reed Smith, and Goodwin Procter — returned to the top 25 this year, after being absent last year, while Dechert made its first ever appearance in the ranking. All four tied at #23.

Conducted from February to April 2018, America’s Best Corporate Law Firms each year asks directors and general counsel of US publicly traded companies to select the firms they would most like to represent them in a variety of corporate legal matters. The results are then featured in Corporate Board Member magazine.

2018 America’s Best Corporate Law Firms

1          Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

2          Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

3          Jones Day

4          Sullivan & Cromwell

5          Latham & Watkins

6          Cravath, Swaine & Moore

7          Davis Polk & Wardwell

8          Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

9          Weil, Gotshal & Manges

10        Kirkland & Ellis

11        Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

12        Sidley Austin

13        Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

14        Hogan Lovells

15        Baker McKenzie

16        Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

17        Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

TIE 18  Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Morrison & Foerster

20        DLA Piper

21        King & Spalding

22        Covington & Burling

TIE 23  Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Reed Smith

Goodwin Procter

Dechert