Law firms have been relieved that the COVID-19 pandemic has not been as financially catastrophic for the industry as predicted in March, but the coming months will bring more uncertainty for firms and the broader economy as Paycheck Protection Program loans run out and coronavirus cases continue to rise in the United States.

The PPP, intended to cover salaries for up to two and a half months, disbursed most of its funding in April. More than 1,500 law firms across the United States received PPP loans, and at least 47 firms in the Am Law 200 received loans totaling between $218 million and $445 million, according to data released by the Small Business Administration, which administers the program.

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