Partners at McKenna, Conner & Cuneo are smarting over the American Lawyer magazine's recent survey of summer associates, which they say mistakenly left them out of the top ratings for Washington firms and instead listed the D.C. winner as a firm that has only a branch office here: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Charles E. Yonkers, executive partner at McKenna, Conner, said the Washington office -- ranked second in the country by the interns surveyed -- was mistakenly listed among branch offices instead of with firms, where it would have placed first in the D.C. ratings.

"I'm not trying to take anything away from them Akin, Gump , because they have a very good program," Yonkers said. "But it does have a very big impact among the students, where recruiting is a very competitive business."

Stephen Adler, who compiled the survey for American Lawyer, said "it's a matter of definition. We have a policy of deciding on our own whether a firm is a branch, not what the firm says."

Adler said the Los Angeles office of McKenna, Conner is bigger than the one in D.C., so it was ranked separately there and placed eighth out of 21 firms. Meanwhile, the Dallas and Washington offices of Akin, Gump were roughly the same size, he said, and they received individual rankings as firms in both cities.

"We're not going to rerank them McKenna, Conner for this year's survey," said Adler. "I don't know what we're going to do next year. We're still trying to figure it out."