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BTI Most Recommended Law Firms 2021

The 140 Law Firms GCs Recommended Most

Client recommendations sit at the epicenter of law firm hiring and recurring business. Virtually every top legal decision maker looks to peer recommendations when first thinking of hiring a new law firm. Fully 64% of these decision makers will hire the first firm recommended — even if this firm is recommended just once — hence the power of the unprompted recommendation.

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The Law Firms Top Legal Decision Makers Recommend Above All Others

The peer-to-peer recommendation is serious business. Every recommendation is a personal statement about the type of provider — the commitment, service, quality, and demeanor — you are willing to entrust to a peer — from whom they would expect the same.

"Which law firm do you recommend to your peers?"

Based on more than 350 in-depth interviews with top legal decision makers conducted between April 3, 2020 — June 17, 2021.

Superior client service is consistently the leading driver of law firm recommendations by General Counsel and accounts for nearly 4 times more recommendations (75%) than any other single factor.


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Legal Prowess


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BTI’s Most Recommended Law Firms by General Counsel

The 11 Law Firms Most Recommended

Arnold & Porter

DLA Piper

Eversheds Sutherland

Foley & Lardner

Gibson Dunn

Jones Day

King & Spalding

Latham & Watkins


McDermott Will & Emery


The 21 Law Firms Highly Recommended

Baker Botts

Baker McKenzie




Duane Morris


Hall Render

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Jackson Lewis

K&L Gates


Norton Rose Fulbright

Ogletree Deakins


Ropes & Gray

Seyfarth Shaw

Sheppard Mullin

Simpson Thacher

Wilson Sonsini

The 26 Law Firms Frequently Recommended

Alston & Bird

Arent Fox




Davis Polk


Faegre Drinker


Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ice Miller

Kirkland & Ellis

Locke Lord

Mayer Brown


Morgan Lewis

Morrison & Foerster


Quarles & Brady

Reed Smith



Squire Patton Boggs


Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond Dickinson

The 82 Law Firms Recommended

Adams and Reese Kilpatrick Townsend
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Kutak Rock
Allen & Overy Lash & Goldberg
Ballard Spahr Lightfoot
Barnes & Thornburg Maddin Hauser
Bass, Berry & Sims McLane Middleton
Benesch Michael Best
Blank Rome Milbank
Bond Moore & Van Allen
Bowman and Brooke Nyemaster Goode
BoyarMiller Paul Hastings
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson Paul, Plevin
Bricker & Eckler Paul, Weiss
Burns & Levinson Troutman Pepper
Carlton Fields Perkins Coie
Choate Polsinelli
Day Pitney Riley Warnock & Jacobson
Dickinson Wright Robbins Russell
Dinsmore Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Fenwick Schulte Roth & Zabel
Fish Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary
Foley Hoag Shearman & Sterling
Franzén and Salzano Shook
Fredrikson & Byron Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Freeborn & Peters Sterne Kessler
Fried Frank Stinson
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett Stokes Wagner
Gowling WLG Stradley Ronon
Greenberg Traurig Sullivan & Cromwell
Groom Taft
Grünecker Ulmer
Haynes and Boone Van Ness Feldman
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Vedder Price
Hinckley Allen Vinson & Elkins
Hudson Cook von Briesen
Husch Blackwell Vorys
Hyman, Phelps & McNamara Weil
Jones Walker White & Case
Kean Miller Williams & Connolly
Keegan Werlin Willkie
Keller and Heckman ZwillGen

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No law firm submissions, self-referrals, firm referrals, suggestions, or payments are accepted for inclusion.


All interviews with top legal decision makers are confidential and anonymous, by company and person.


Probed more than 350 top legal decision makers at large organizations with $700 million or more in revenue.


The BTI Most Recommended 2021 draws solely on in-depth, telephone-based interviews as part of BTI’s ongoing Annual Survey of General Counsel, now in its 20th year.


BTI is the sole sponsor of this research. BTI funds the research and controls the editorial content.

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