The third, annual survey of 2000 board members identified the law firms they most admire, nationally and in 50 metropolitan areas.

The Top 20 Firms
Last Years Rank
1. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York 1
2. Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York 2
3. Sullivan & Cromwell, New York 3
4. Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York 4
5. Jones Day, Cleveland 6
6. Baker & McKenzie, Chicago 7
7. Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York 5
8. Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago 9
9. Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles 8
10. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles 10
11. Weil Gotshal & Manges, New York 11
12 (tie). Shearman & Sterling, New York
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto
14. O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles 14
15. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Dallas 12
16. Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston 17
17. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Chicago 18
18. Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
19. Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, New York 16
20. Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. –