Surveys and Rankings

Participate Now in Our Texas Salary and Billing Survey

Each year, Texas Lawyer tracks financial trends in the state’s legal industry through its confidential Salary & Billing Survey. This research provides competitive information for firm leaders about salaries, billing rates and billable hours – for both lawyers and non-lawyer staff. All responses are confidential and no data will be identified with a specific firm. The results, which will be published in Texas Lawyer’s July 27, will be an analysis of the aggregated data. Please contribute to this research by completing the online survey by Thursday, July 9.

Texas Lawyer's Annual Firm Finance Report

The Annual Report on Firm Finance also includes a Profitability Index, which shows whether equity partners in a firm are taking home more or less than average RPL, and a firm-by-firm analysis that helps to explain financial results from each of the top 25 firms.

Aaron M. Kaufman, shareholder, Cox | Smith, Dallas

New Partner Survey: Largest Firms in Texas Make 102 New Partners

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The number of new partners in 2015 at 22 of the 25 firms with the most lawyers in Texas down by 7.3 percent compared with 2014.

Dee J. Kelly Jr., managing partner in Fort Worth's Kelly Hart

Come to Texas, Y'all: Texas Lawyer's Lateral Moves Survey Shows Firm Growth in 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The 19 firms that participated in the Lateral Hiring Survey hired 6 percent more Texas laterals in 2014 than in 2013.

Marvin D. Nathan, president and founding shareholder, Nathan Sommers Jacobs

Texas Firms Have Optimistic Outlook for 2015

By Jeanne Graham |

Sixty-one law firm leaders shared their opinions in Texas Lawyer's Managing Partners Survey. The annual survey collects data about management strategies and techniques used by firms of all sizes, both Texas-based and out-of-state firms with Texas operations.

Felicity Fowler, partner, Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Minorities Making Slow Headway Into Big Law Hierarchy

By Jeanne Graham |

While minorities make up 15.1 percent of the lawyers at the firms in the survey, they are 9.7 percent of the partners and only 8.2 percent of the equity partners. Those percentages are slightly higher than the statistics for the same firms for 2013 when the numbers were 14.3 percent, 9.5 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively.

Survey: New Associates Want to Make a Big Splash in Smaller Pool

By Jeanne Graham |

According to Texas Lawyer's 2014 New Associate Hires Survey, the 2014 class is 14.1 percent smaller than it was in 2013 at the same 21 firms.

From right (front) to left: Roger Nober, executive vice president, law and corporate affairs; Judy Carter, vice president, compliance & audit, and secretary; Orest Dachniwsky, associate general counsel, litigation; Jill Mulligan, associate general counsel, regulatory; Charles Shewmake, vice president and general counsel, litigation

2014 Texas Legal Departments of the Year

Texas Lawyer's editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Legal Departments of the Year awards. We have selected corporate legal departments from Texas-based companies that stand out in six specific categories of achievement.

Hilda C. Galvan, partner-in-charge in the Dallas office of Jones Day

Jones Day's Dallas Office Tops Diversity Rankings

By Miriam Rozen |

The Dallas Diversity Task Force describes its annual report as "a snapshot of the diversity of lawyers practicing at the 20 largest law firms in Dallas County."

Who Topped the List of Best-Paid GCs in Texas?

The average compensation for general counsel at large Texas companies declined by 8.1 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 but still is more than double the average profits per partner at the 25 highest-grossing firms.

Women in the Law Survey

Texas Lawyer gathers the latest big-firm data for its annual Women in the Law Survey. See what top Texas firms have women leadership and the percentage of women in those firms.

Kim Askew, partner, K&L Gates, Dallas

Meet Texas Lawyer's 2014 Winning Women

Don't mess with Texas women lawyers. That's the takeaway from a long list of accomplishments racked up by this group of outstanding female attorneys.

Texas Lawyer's Annual Salary & Billing Report

By Jeanne Graham |

Each year, Texas Lawyer tracks financial trends in the state's legal industry through its Salary & Billing Survey. The resulting report compiles information provided by firms about employees' salaries, billing rates and billable hours.

What Texas Firms Worked on the Big Deals in 2013?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Spurred by strength in energy deals and financings, seven Texas firms made the charts in "Corporate Scorecard 2014," The American Lawyer's rankings of the nation's top dealmakers in 2013.

Texas Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

This year, our Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty litigation practice groups. We also have included a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has made his or her mark on Texas litigation.

Summer Standouts

By Jeanne Graham |

How does the summer of 2014 compare with last summer? Who beefed up their summer associate classes and why? What do summer associates need to know to succeed?

Texas 100 - 2014

Each year Texas Lawyer conducts The Texas 100 Survey to gather information about the firms with the largest operations in the state.