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NO OFFICE, NO PROBLEM -  More and more Am Law 100 firms—including Perkins Coie, Husch Blackwell and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe—are starting to hire associates in markets outside their existing geographical footprints, spurred by the success of remote work over the past 15 months as well as the current cutthroat competition for top talent, Law.com’s Dan Packel reports. “There are really outstanding talented lawyers and staff that may be out of geographies where we now have offices,” said Siobhan Handle, chief talent officer at Orrick. “Tapping into that releases some of the intense pressure of being firm number six who’s looking for a midlevel associate in a certain area, like New York or the Bay Area.” But Andrew Glynn, a recruiter and managing director with Major, Lindsey & Africa’s associate practice group, cautioned that there are risks for young lawyers who sign up to work for firms remotely. “If you’re the junior associate working a couple thousand miles away from where the office is, it’s really easy to let you go, as opposed to the associate who sits right next to the partner.”