Perkins Coie knew early on that it would likely be affected by the new coronavirus. Because of its presence in China and headquarters in Seattle, the Am Law 50 firm saw before many others that it would need to get its lawyers and staff set up to work at home. 

“It does feel that we did it all in 10 days, but the reality is our first COVID-19 call was on Jan. 26 because we have offices in China,” Rick Howell, CIO of Perkins Coie, said in an interview. “Our continuity plan did have a pandemic aspect, so we ran scenarios of what we needed to do for remote work.”

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