Cozen Tops Summer Associate Satisfaction List
Nearly all of the Pennsylvania firms that ranked below number 25 on both lists dropped down the Summer Associates rankings and climbed the Midlevel Associates rankings.
Philadelphia-based Duane Morris jumped from number 39 on 2012's Midlevel Associates list to number 31 this year, but fell from third place in the 2012 Summer Associates rankings to number 26 on the 2013 list.
Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates dropped from number 67 to 70 on the Summer Associates list, but rose from 115 to 40 on the Midlevel Associates list.
Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton dropped from number 65 to number 82 on the Summer Associates list, but rose from number 103 to 85 in the Midlevel Associates rankings.
Philadelphia-based Blank Rome went from number 25 to number 47 in the Summer Associates rankings, but rose from number 95 to number 64 in the Midlevel Associates rankings.
Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr dropped from number 40 to number 62 on the Summer Associates list, but climbed from 118 to 102 on the Midlevel Associates list.
The only Pennsylvania firm to rank below number 25 and experience year-over-year drops on both lists was Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith, which fell from number 35 to number 72 on the Summer Associates list and from number 80 to number 86 on the Midlevel Associates list.
Meanwhile, the few firms that were ranked only on the Midlevel Associates list saw significant drops in the rankings.
Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, for example, fell from number 25 to number 96, while Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing dropped from number 57 to number 101.
HOW COZEN DID IT
McGuinness, a Cozen O'Connor lifer who came to the firm as a summer associate himself, said today's young lawyers are looking for a work environment where teamwork, personal interaction and mentoring by partners all play important roles.