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From 475 lawyers to 48 lawyers, Legal Times‘ annual survey ranks the 100 largest law offices in the D.C. area. And “The Next 50″ drills down even deeper. Plus: Why some firms grew while others shrank, and a regional report on Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Following the Numbers Legal Times‘ methodology for our annual survey of the D.C. area’s largest law offices. The ChartsD.C. Metro Area’s Largest Law OfficesOn the Rise: The Next 50Suburban Maryland’s Largest Law OfficesNorthern Virginia’s Largest Law Offices Special Report Articles The Legal Invasion of D.C. Several out-of-town firms expanded significantly, while most D.C. firms grew only a little or shrank. The biggest gains were posted by Sonnenschein and Alston & Bird. Overall, the busiest practice areas were IP, litigation, and international trade. Retrenching in the Capital Lateral poaching, attrition, merger fallout, and scaled-back hiring accounted for smaller head counts at 40 firms on this year’s top 100 list. Numbers fell most dramatically at Arent Fox and Powell, Goldstein. Business Beyond the District While Maryland firms remained steady, Northern Virginia offices experienced more dramatic ups and downs. Fees: Pricing to the Market Setting fees according to what the market will bear is inefficient. Instead of guesswork and discounting, firms should consider the price sensitivity of each client and matter. Midlevels Set Down Roots Midlevel associates, it seems, are focusing less on compensation and quality of life and more on getting quality work. An American Lawyersurvey finds a new willingness to stay put, despite dissatisfaction. Dare to Rock the Boat Internal politics are dangerous waters � and something few firm leaders want to talk about. To prevent departures and stay healthy, firms must address sensitive issues created by power imbalances.

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