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Wachtell Nabs Top Spot—Again—in Prestige Rankings

Posted Aug 19, 2009 8:48 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is No. 1 in Vault’s prestige rankings by law firm associates, keeping its top spot for the seventh straight year.

The rankings are based on overall prestige, departmental prestige, regional prestige, diversity and quality of life, according to Legal Blog Watch.

The top five are the same as last year, except Skadden has traded places with Sullivan & Cromwell, according to Above the Law.

Other changes: Latham & Watkins dropped from No. 7 last year to No. 17 this year. Cadwalader, which was No. 26 two years ago, is now at No. 60. And Weil Gotshal jumped from No. 9 to No. 6, “one small perk of having the world's pre-eminent restructuring group during an economic crisis,” according to Vault’s managing editor Brian Dalton, writing at Vault's Law Blog.

The top 10 are:

1) Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

2) Cravath, Swaine & Moore

3) Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

4) Sullivan & Cromwell

5) Davis Polk & Wardwell

6) Weil, Gotshal & Manges

7) Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

8) Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

9) Covington & Burling

10) Kirkland & Ellis

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