The revolving door between the federal government and law firms appears to have cooled in recent months amid economic uncertainty, after a barrage of Big Law hires in late 2021 into 2022. In particular, law firm hiring from U.S. attorney’s offices and the Federal Trade Commission has considerably slowed.

Among moves from the White House, Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and other executive branch offices that Leopard Solutions tracks, a total of 212 attorneys, including associate, counsel, partner and support, went to law firms between late October 2022 to late April 2023, down from the 279 attorneys that left the federal government between Oct. 15, 2021, to April 15, 2022.

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