If you’ve been reading The National Law Journal, you know that the headcount on this year’s NLJ 350 grew by 3.9 percent, fueled largely by international mergers. Here are nine additional bits of information from our annual survey of the nation’s largest law firms.
1. Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper have battled over the No. 1 spot since 2007. Combined, they have almost 8,050 lawyers.
2. The biggest office in the United States is Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s New York location, which has 716 lawyers.
3. Breaking into the top 25 on the NLJ 350 is Littler Mendelson, at No. 24 with 1,002 lawyers. Last year, it was ranked No. 28. The year before, it was No. 33. The firm focuses on labor and employment.
4. During the annual game of musical chairs, firms that disappeared from the NLJ 350 were SNR Denton; Fulbright & Jaworski; and Lewis and Roca. Among those that found a spot on this year’s list were the brand new merged versions of those firms: Norton Rose Fulbright; Dentons; and Lewis Roca Rothgerber. In 2012, those three firms totaled 2,059 lawyers. In 2013, they totaled 6,268.
5. Associates in NLJ 350 firms last year totaled 67,390.
6. The smallest firm on the list is Farella Braun + Martel, based in San Francisco. It has 115 lawyers, including 67 partners and 45 associates.
7. The NLJ 350, counting its earlier iterations, is 37 years old this year.
8. The total number of NLJ 350 lawyers in 2013 was 146,618.
9. Sydney was No. 5 among the international cities with the most NLJ 350 lawyers.