Maybe I need to stop watching the news. From inverted yield curves to trade wars to warnings of the dreaded “R” word, I am paying attention. Recruiters do hate recessions. And my firm has survived enough of them to indeed see warning signs.

I live and work in Chicago. From my vantage point, I do unfortunately notice meaningful cracks, and they have nothing to do with “breaking news” alerts. Specifically, home sales in Chicago appear to have slowed considerably, despite low interest rates. More worrisome, my friends in the executive search world report reduced order flow among their industrial clients. That is a broad landscape and not specific to legal.

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