Firms are still trying to calm a “perfect storm” of stressors, unveiling a variety of creative perks and wellness programs to fight the mental fog brought about by the pandemic. But the legal industry conversation on mental health and wellness, which began gaining traction even before COVID-19 swept the globe, may still be selling the problem short, some analysts say.

Among Big Law’s most common forecasting and decision-making errors over the last 18 months and even today is “a chronic underestimation of the effect this was having on attorney well-being and mental health in particular,” said Randy Kiser, a legal industry scholar and analyst at DecisionSet.