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The Legal Times 100 was compiled by the staff of Legal Times after polling more than 200 area law offices, including firms with home offices or branches in the District and several dozen that work exclusively in the nearest reaches of Northern Virginia and Maryland. The goal of the survey is to provide a snapshot of the largest law offices in the region; their growth, stability, or decline in the past year; and where they stand in the overall scheme of one of the most diverse and dynamic legal markets in the country. Firms with more than one office in the metro D.C. area were asked to provide information for each individual office. In the cases of Hogan & Hartson, Shaw Pittman, Reed Smith, Hunton & Williams, and others, two different offices make appearances on the charts, reflecting the firms’ decisions to maintain separate offices that often take on somewhat different clients or practices. A few firms declined to provide information or were not contacted for the survey. In those instances, we relied on the firms’ Web sites or on martindale.com, the Web site of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, to tabulate numbers. The total number of lawyers was calculated by adding together the number of equity and nonequity partners, associates, counsel, and of counsel at a particular locale. We did not include contract attorneys, attorney equivalent positions, or patent agents in the tabulations. With some exceptions, all numbers reflect head counts as of April 1, 2002. To capture anticipated growth, we asked firms how many new associates they expect to bring in during 2002. We also asked firms to provide the number of women and minority lawyers and partners for each office. The Out-of-Town chart for the 2002 survey [not included in the Web edition] differs from past years in one important respect. Legal Times no longer includes in that chart the offices not located within the District, but that count as the firm’s home or only office and address in the metro region. For example, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker in Rockville, Md., and two large patent firms in Northern Virginia — Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt and Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis — are large enough to qualify for the Out-of-Town 50 and have been listed on that chart in the past. But because they are not branch offices of out-of-town firms, as are all of the other firms listed, they have been removed from that chart. Yet these firms still appear in the D.C. 100, which captures all firms in the region, and in the separate charts reflecting the largest 15 offices in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, respectively. Several firms with a presence in Washington took part in mergers in 2002. In January, Mayer, Brown & Platt merged with the United Kingdom’s Rowe and Maw to form Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, though this did not affect the firm’s D.C. head count. In June, McKenna & Cuneo merged with Long Aldridge & Norman to form McKenna Long & Aldridge. The numbers listed in the survey reflect the size of the merged firm. In October, Piper Rudnick merged with Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, MacPherson and Hand. The survey does not reflect this change. Several other firms shortened or otherwise altered their names. These changes are recognized in the footnotes for the relevant charts. In addition, participating firms or the staff of Legal Times occasionally find and correct errors made in the previous year’s survey. Where numbers for 2001 are different from those reported last year, the changes are recognized in footnotes. A final note of correction: The poster included with the print edition of the paper contains inaccurate data for Pillsbury Winthrop. The correct information appears on Web version of the Legal Times 100 chart.

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