Top Vault Rankings

Rankings Continue to Soar in 2020 Vault Results


Downey Brand is thrilled to announce that the law firm has earned top rankings in the 2020 Vault survey. Among other accolades, Vault recognized Downey Brand as 8th overall “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For.” Downey Brand is one of two California law firms to make this prestigious list, which also includes law firms in Boston, Chicago, Florida, Houston, New York, and Washington D.C.

This is the second consecutive year Downey Brand has been recognized by Vault in the “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” category. “We are thrilled to be among the top ten in the nation,” said Downey Brand’s Hiring Partner, Meghan Baker. “I am very proud of our firm and the associates who contribute to its success.”

Downey Brand also ranked high in several of Vault’s “Quality of Life” categories for midsized law firms, including:

  • 5th (tied) in Hours
  • 8th in Satisfaction
  • 10th (tied) in Pro Bono Commitment
  • 13th in Firm Culture
  • 15th in Compensation
  • 15th in Selectivity of Hiring Process
  • 20th in Quality of Work
  • 20th in Technology & Innovation

Downey Brand’s Vault rankings were derived from Vault’s Law Firm Associate Survey, in which associates were asked to anonymously rate their firms. For the category “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” Vault calculated the results using a formula that weighs associate ratings in 11 different areas:

25% overall satisfaction; 10% hours; 10% compensation; 10% business outlook; 10% substantive work; 10% culture; 5% associate/partner relations; 5% leadership transparency; 5% formal training; 5% informal training and mentoring; and 5% career outlook.

To view the entire rankings for all the categories mentioned above, click here.

Top 150 Under 150


Downey Brand is listed in Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150”, which highlights the best-known and most sought-after law firms with fewer than 150 attorneys. The Top 150 Under 150″ is chosen by Vault and based on its research rather than survey results. You can view the complete list of firm’s here.

2019 Vault Profile Highlights


View the PDF to learn more about Downey Brand and what our associates have to say about life at the firm and our summer program. Our 2020 highlights will be available via PDF in November so check back soon.