A Midwest powerhouse in its first year after a blockbuster merger. A single-office elite litigation boutique. A sprawling insurance defense legacy firm that’s expanded into transactional work and beyond. An IP specialty shop. And a firm that’s placed a bet on multidisciplinary practice, with a growing number of consultants working alongside lawyers.

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This sampling of five entirely different business models found within just the first 10 spots in the Second Hundred is a microcosm of the diversity of the group. And yet, as varied as these firms are, there’s an argument to be made that there’s more analytical value in looking at them collectively than there is in applying the same exercise to the Am Law 100.