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Remote work is here to stay for a while in the legal industry amid the pandemic. So when are lawyers and staff expected to come back to the office? Not until 2021, according to several law firms.

Representatives for about a dozen big firms that were polled on the subject indicated they had set no target date for returning to U.S. offices. Several said they expected office attendance to be required in 2021, but others said the work-from-home option would continue “indefinitely,” or until a coronavirus vaccine is widely distributed.

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Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons writes about the New York legal community and the business of law. Email her at [email protected] and find her on Twitter @chlsimmons

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Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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