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THE 2010 MIDSIZE HOT LIST
The National Law Journal
This year's Midsize Hot List shows the agility of law firms with 50 to 150 attorneys in ducking the recession's blows — or at least bouncing back more quickly than many big-firm competitors.
Lower hourly rates remain the greatest advantage that midsize firms offer, but it's not all about the money. The firms included on this year's list have demonstrated the ability to snag big clients by offering specialized services and to hold on to smaller clients through bread-and-butter practices including estate planning and employee benefits.
The National Law Journal's Midsize Hot List includes 20 law firms that have thrived amid the downturn. From among the stacks of nominations we received, we selected firms that experienced a string of successes and that showed innovative ways to run their operations despite the economy.
We've highlighted two firms — Minneapolis-based Bowman and Brooke and Shartsis Friese of San Francisco — to illustrate what it takes to get ahead as a midsize law firm in a market increasingly dominated by large-firm competition.
We recognize that many firms could have made the list. That said, those included here show not only that bigger is not necessarily better, but that midsize is often the right size. — Leigh Jones
THE MIDSIZE HOT LIST
Playing to the audience gives Bowman its edge
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