More law firms are giving associates a shot at courtroom action, a strategy that helps with the recruitment of top legal talent, as well as retention.

“An associate might be seven or eight years out in a large firm and never take a deposition,” said Bryan Schwartz, chairman of Levenfeld Pearlstein, a Chicago firm with 75 lawyers that courts promising associates from larger firms with commitments to get them face to face with judges, witnesses and clients.

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