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Client Short Lists Get Just a Bit Shorter

By March 23, 2016April 16th, 2020No Comments

Corporate counsel are including 2% fewer law firms on their short lists. This compares to a 4% shrinkage in 2015. Clients now consider 6% fewer law firms than 2014 for hire. This means more work may be available to the law firms protecting their place on short lists. In addition, more law firms are going to have to work harder than ever to be considered for hire.

The law firms climbing client Short Lists in the just-released BTI Brand Elite 2016 are:

Best of the Best:

Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
King & Spalding
Kirkland & Ellis
Reed Smith
Sidley Austin
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


Alston & Bird
Arnold & Porter
Covington & Burling
Faegre Baker Daniels
Fish & Richardson
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Greenberg Traurig
Jackson Lewis
K&L Gates
Kelley Drye & Warren
Latham & Watkins


Littler Mendelson
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis
Morrison & Foerster
Norton Rose Fulbright
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Ropes & Gray
Squire Patton Boggs
Vinson & Elkins
Winston & Strawn

Learn how to secure—and continually defend—the position of core law firm in the new BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms, available now.

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