Growth in law firm nonequity partnership is a years-long, industrywide trend. While midsize law is very much a part of that trend, those firms take a varied and oftentimes deliberate approach to how they utilize partnership tiers.

“It has evolved,” Mike Cooke, managing partner of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Hall Estill, said of the nonequity tier at his firm, where the nonequity partnership tier is much smaller than its equity partner tier.