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Overall lawyer head count for Global 100 firms was 135,189 in 2017, an annual growth rate of 10.7 percent. Fifty-three of the 100 largest firms by head count have at least 1,000 lawyers.


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Fifty-six firms have the largest share of their lawyers in the United States, 17 are largest in the United Kingdom and 16 have their biggest group in China. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time equivalent for the 2017 fiscal year. (For U.K.-based firms, the number of lawyers is the average full-time equivalent for the fiscal year ending April 30).

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at bseal@alm.com or @BSealTAL.

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