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The nation’s 500 largest law firms grew their head counts at an increasing clip in 2018, driven especially by gains at the upper end of the list.

The number of lawyers in the NLJ 500 grew 2.5% in 2018 to 169,477, and the average firm size rose by eight lawyers last year to 339. By comparison, the NLJ 500 grew by 1% in 2017 and by about 2% in 2016.

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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 [email protected] On Twitter: @lovelaceryand

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