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With 3,738 lawyers in 60 offices, Baker & McKenzie once again topped the NLJ 250 — The National Law Journal‘s list of the largest 250 U.S.-based firms by attorney headcount. But Baker & McKenzie drops far down the list when only lawyers based in the United States are counted. By that metric, Jones Day is the nation’s largest firm, with 1,803 attorneys based here. On the original NLJ 250, the firm ranks No. 3. In other words, the list of law firms with the most attorneys in the United States looks quite different than the NLJ 250, which includes attorneys in foreign offices. Baker & McKenzie reflects the most dramatic difference, dropping from the top spot down to No. 45. The firm has only eight offices in this country. Similarly, DLA Piper is the second-largest firm on the NLJ 250, with 3,348 lawyers, but only slightly more than one-third of them are in U.S. offices. The firm ranks No. 8 on the U.S.-only list. Hogan Lovells snagged the No. 4 spot on the NLJ 250, but ranks No. 17 on the U.S-only list, with 866 attorneys in this country. White & Case is No. 7 on the NLJ 250, but falls 36 spots to No. 43 in its number of U.S. attorneys. Several firms hovered near the top of both lists, including Jones Day. It is closely followed by Greenberg Traurig, which ranks No. 9 on the original NLJ 250. The vast majority of the Greenberg Traurig’s 32 offices — 29 — are in the United States. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom ranks third on the U.S.-only, list with 1,555 lawyers here, but comes in at No. 6 on the NLJ 250, with 1,859 lawyers overall. K&L Gates snagged the No. 4 spot on the U.S. list, up from No. 8 on the NLJ 250, while Latham & Watkins ranked No. 5 on both lists. Several firms further down the NLJ 250 move up quite a bit when one counts only lawyers in the United States. Holland & Knight is No. 23 on the NLJ 250, but No. 12 on the U.S. list, while Foley & Lardner is No. 27 on the NLJ 250 and No. 14 on the U.S. list.

For more on the 2011 NLJ 250, click here.

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