Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has been dogged by inconsistent growth, sluggish profits and controversial mergers in recent years � and the question keeps being asked, can the firm turn its fortunes around?

The first answers came last month as Pillsbury reported robust double-digit growth in profit per equity partner and revenue per lawyer for 2006. But naysayers counter that the numbers are a mirage � functions of the precipitous drop in head count last year that left the firm 111 lawyers and 37 partners lighter.