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Hours are flat, but client spending is up for both partners and associates. Clients have increased the amount of work they’re giving to Am Law 200 firms. And lawyers who are paid at least $800 per hour now account for an increasing cut of the U.S. legal market. These are the top-line results of an analysis of a remarkable data run from TyMetrix, the Hartford-based electronic billing giant. It permits us to gauge demand for legal services on the basis of what clients are actually buying rather than from reports of law firm billing activity or financial results. Those reports, which The American Lawyer, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Thomson Peer Monitor regularly publish, are of course valuable, but not the last word on the state of demand for lawyers.

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