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Amid the array of numbers you’ll encounter in this issue of Legal Times , perhaps the most telling is this: Fifteen of the 20 fastest-growing law offices in the D.C. metro area are outposts of AmLaw 200 firms. In other words, even with the economic uncertainty of the past several months, Washington remains a choice destination for the nation’s biggest legal players. More in the Overview
Looking Back and Forward We go to the archives to uncover the original LT 150 survey�or the LT 24 survey, as it turns out�and discover that though much has changed, some things have not. � by Douglas McCollamHot Hiring, Softer Market As a measure of firm optimism, few market indicators rival the number of associates they’re hiring. But this year we see a disconnect between the aggressive hiring of many firms, and their cautious outlook on the legal market. � by Nathan Carlile
♦ BY THE NUMBERS ♦The Legal Times 150 LT 150 lists the region’s largest law offices, starting with the largest. • Home Grown Firms D.C.’s largest indigenous firms. • The Out-of-Towners D.C.’s largest branch offices. • The Largest Law Offices in the D.C. Suburbs Both home-grown firms and out-of-town players maintain significant offices in Northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs. • From A to Z, the D.C. Metro Area’s 150 Largest Law Offices The Legal Times 150 ranks the largest offices in the region in 2007. Here they are � from Akin Gump to Zuckerman Spaeder.
♦ FEATURES & ANALYSIS ♦Most D.C. Offices Expand It’s been a big growth year overall for the LT 150, particularly among top firms, but for some, 2007 is a rebuilding year. We look at who is expanding and who is standing pat. � by Marisa McQuilkenA Question of Leverage For most law firms, the care and feeding of associates is one of their biggest challenges. But a few have opted for an associate-lite strategy. But can these firms still make money? We investigate. � by Attila BerryFirm Has D.C. Discontent For California’s Heller Ehrman, the Washington market poses a challenge. � by Marisa McQuilkenWhat Clients Want The way that clients choose and keep their law firms depends on a firm’s ability to supply the basics � and to provide a few little services that may come as a surprise. � by E. Leigh Dance, Norm Rubenstein, and Mary K YoungThe Legal Work Force Grows Which region has the most legal professionals per capita? Here’s one hint for those ready to jump on the shuttle: According to a new study, it’s not New York City. � by Angie Lawry

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