With December just days away, law firms are busy with the typical year-end crush of collections, budgeting, compensation decisions and more. A big part of one year’s end is planning for the following year’s beginning. The American Lawyer’s reporters took a look at 2017′s hottest trends and explored what we could expect from them in 2018.

The industry, like much of the country, began 2017 with questions about how a new administration would affect everything from deal flow to health care legislation and tax reform. Those questions still loom in many respects. Closer to home, law firm mergers, lawsuits over gender discrimination, legal technology innovation and the business operations of firms promise to continue to dominate industry discussions.

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