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The NLJ 350
The National Law Journal
Law firms got bigger in 2012, but just barely. This year's NLJ 350, The National Law Journal's annual survey of the nation's biggest law firms by number of lawyers, shows that firms grew by just 1.1 percent during 2012, a retrenchment from 1.7 percent growth in 2011. A full 140 firms on this year's list shrank in size 40 percent of the group. What little gains occurred largely were in the partner numbers, which climbed by 1.5 percent a figure itself far removed from the pre-recession boom days when partner increases ran in the 5 percent range. In all, we counted 141,056 lawyers working in more than 3,500 offices around the world.
The Old Rules No Longer Apply
BY THE NUMBERS
THE NLJ 350 FIRMS
Arrivals and Departures
Who's On and Who's Off
The Newcomers to the NLJ 350
A Decade of Headcount Change
Mergers Created Largest Partner Increases
Demand for Associate Help Remains Flat
Skadden Smaller Again in 2012
Williams Mullen: Smaller Headcount Yields Higher Profits
Butler Snow: Warm, Fuzzy and Collaborative