Midsize firms are in a unique position to leverage their smaller size and adapt to a changing legal landscape brought on by the pandemic. And while competing on compensation may be an unreasonable goal for many midsize firms, given the flurry of bonuses in Big Law, they still have one strategic advantage that is hard to replicate in Big Law: flexibility.

Firm leaders and industry watchers see an opportunity in the global shift to remote work for midsize firms to punch above their weight class by offering more flexibility to attorneys—many of whom are running on fumes and disillusioned by the pandemic grind.