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Total lawyer headcount growth slowed last year nationwide, hampered by the contraction of smaller firms and consolidation at firms of all sizes.


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The number of lawyers who worked in the nation’s 500 largest firms increased 1 percent over the previous year to nearly 165,300, and the average firm size rose by four lawyers to 331. But this growth was somewhat slower than in 2016, when the NLJ 500 grew by approximately 2 percent.

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Ryan Lovelace

Ryan Lovelace is based in Washington, D.C., and covers the intersection of law firm business, lobbying and the federal government. Contact him at rlovelace@alm.com. On Twitter: @lovelaceryand

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