The Am Law 100


What It Is: Top 100 performers from annual survey of law firms nationwide, with focus on key financial metrics: gross revenue, revenue per lawyer, and profits per partner. Separate rankings are available for each metric, as well as an overall performer ranking.

Why It Matters To You: In addition to showing individual firms’ rise and fall, the Am Law 100 reveals many trends in law firm performance that have direct and indirect impact on legal hiring, compensation, and opportunities for advancement.

Considerations: Law firms are very aware of this ranking, and do what they can to influence their data. Some industry insiders have questioned whether such focus on these four financial metrics (which have changed the business of law) is healthy for law firms or for the legal industry.

Created By: American Lawyer

Key Sample Findings

  • 2018 Rankings: While there was growth in gross revenue and profits in 2016, the revenue per lawyer figure dropped on stronger growth in head count.
  • By the Numbers: The data on law firm finances makes for some interesting comparisons.
  • Analysis: A note from the editor on the times ahead and how to analyze this year's numbers.


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