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At the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus was still a distant concern for most law firms. But as it spread across the world and eventually shut down much of American life, it quickly became a singular force with more influence on Big Law operations than any event since the Great Recession in 2008. In this infographic, which we will continue to update, we offer a tour through the evolution of the pandemic, from the first inklings that it might affect how law firms operate to the drastic measures many of the country’s biggest firms have taken to mitigate its impact.

Infographic credit: Chris Nicholls/ALM

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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