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Several prominent firms have bucked the 2020 trend of slowing down intake of new blood. Citing the presence of previously unavailable lateral options and steady firm performance during the pandemic, these firms have been able to expand their lateral hiring strategies while most others have taken a step back.

Data collected by consulting firm Decipher, covering Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, shows several firms remaining active in the lateral partner market following several years of growth—firms such as King & Spalding, DLA Piper, Cozen O’Connor and Greenberg Traurig.

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Patrick Smith

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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