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WTO a Vault Top-10 Midsize Law Firm to Work For

Date: 08.10.17

Denver: For the second time in three years, the rankings and review directory Vault has recognized Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell as one of the nation’s Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For. The firm ranked #8 overall based on research gathered in Vault’s Annual Law Firm Associate Survey. In 2016, Vault ranked WTO #5 in the nation on the same list.

Nearly 18,000 associates across the country rated and commented on various aspects of their work life, including overall satisfaction, hours, compensation, substantive work, business outlook, firm culture, career outlook, associate/partner relations, leadership transparency, formal training, and mentoring.

Associate engagement is high at WTO. In 2016, 84% of WTO associates argued in court. “When clients ask about WTO’s experience, cost efficiency, and bench strength, this statistic sets us apart,” said managing partner Carolyn Fairless. “Our associates are immensely talented lawyers. We strive to apply those talents to benefit clients and provide young attorneys with meaningful, satisfying trial and litigation experience.”

According to the survey, WTO associates shared the following comments:

  • “Partners respect associates. Management works hard to make everything transparent.”
  • “The vast majority of my time is spent on substantive legal work, including drafting motions, research, interaction with clients and opposing counsel, and preparing for court appearances.”
  • “Most partners devote a lot of time and effort to mentoring the associates at the firm and teaching them how to be great trial lawyers.”

Contact: Matt Plavnick | 303.244.0103 |

Over the past decade, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell lawyers have won 90 complete trial verdicts, 43 complex arbitrations, and 72 significant appeals nationwide for our clients. Established in 1998, WTO currently numbers 100 lawyers. The firm represents sophisticated clients in high-stakes civil trials, appeals, arbitrations, and related matters, including class actions, mass torts, and multidistrict litigation.

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