Breaking down all the lateral move activity in 2018 by region, we see some things we might expect. Hiring at Am Law 200 firms is high in cities like New York and Los Angeles. But in the top 20 most active markets  — measuring by partner hires at Am Law 200 firms — there were also three cities in Texas: Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

Houston and Dallas were ranked in sixth and seventh place, respectively, in 2018. That’s a slight jump up if you compare how they placed in the rankings over the period of 2001-2017. Both of those Texas cities bested San Francisco and Boston last year — even though the Beantown market has been heating up, too.

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