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ELP WANTED? More than a dozen Am Law 200 law firms are operating without chief marketing officers, Patrick Smith reports. At some of those firms, the jobs have remained open for as long as 18 months. Consultants say that six months is about the length of time it should take to fill the position, and long delays can bring marketing momentum to a standstill. Nixon Peabody just filled its CMO position that’s been open since the beginning of the year with the hire of Danielle Wuschke Paige.