Lawyers at the largest of law firms have been working from home for the better part of the past year-and-a-half due to the coronavirus crisis. Thanks to some quick thinking and an even quicker turnaround time on either providing or funding the tech needed for all personnel to work remotely, Biglaw firms are now looking at booming revenue and profit gains. But which firms did it best when it came to supplying attorneys with what was needed?
According to the American Lawyer’s 2021 Midlevel Associates Survey, third-years through fifth-years gave their firms an average score of 4.23 out of 5 for their ability to support remote work. In 2020, the average score was 3.85, so it looks like Biglaw has gotten the hang of the big tech needed to succeed during unprecedented times.
Firms have doled out laptops and cellphones and, in some cases, provided generous stipends for work-from-home setups.
“We were able to easily pivot to remote work due to increased firm emphasis on technology investment over the previous two years,” said one fifth-year associate in the Washington, D.C., office of an Am Law 200 firm.
Throughout the pandemic, Biglaw firms have made sure that attorneys and staff have had what was necessary to perform, from supplying full tech home kits to offering stipends ranging from $250 to thousands of dollars on top of that. Click here to see what just a few firms offered to improve the remote work experience.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 firms for tech during the pandemic:
- O’Melveny & Myers
- Ropes & Gray
- McDermott Will & Emery
- Baker & Hostetler
- Gibson Dunn
- Kirkland & Ellis
- Morgan Lewis
- Shearman & Sterling
- Latham & Watkins
Click here to see the full list. Congratulations to the firms that topped the ranking, and to all Biglaw personnel who have survived the work-from-home experience — with the necessary tech assistance from their firms, of course — for this long.
Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.