Average head count for Global 100 firms was 1,169 lawyers in 2012, an annual growth rate of 5.3 percent. Thirty-nine of the 100 firms have more than 1,000 lawyers. U.S. and U.K. firms continue to dominate the chart: Sixty-four are American and 14 are British. Rounding out this year’s list are eight Chinese, five Australian, three Canadian, two French, two Spanish, one Brazilian, and one Dutch firm. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2012 calendar year.

Firms are international if 40 percent or more of their lawyers work outside the home country. Firms are national if no more than 45 percent of their lawyers are in one region. The home country designation for international, verein, and EEIG firms is based on which country contains the most lawyers. Click here for more on the methodology used to create this and other charts in the Global 100 package.

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