On Dec. 14, National Law Journal editor in chief David Brown discussed the current state of the lateral market with Lynn Mestel, one of the nation’s most prominent legal recruiters, and with the chairs of three top firms — J. Warren Gorrell of Hogan & Hartson, R. Bruce McLean of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Thomas Milch of Arnold & Porter.

Among the questions: Who’s getting hired?; what practices are showing particular strength?; how are compensation issues being addressed?; are firms picking up partners who’ve been laid off?; are individual and small group hires going to be the norm?; and what of the merger of Hogan and U.K.-based Lovells? Will other firms follow suit?

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