At the nation’s 500 largest U.S.-centric law firms, another year of financial success meant another year of bolstering head count. But the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might lead to firms trimming their ranks when 2020 is all said and done.

In 2019, this group increased its head count by 2.5% on average, with those numbers rising from 169,477 to 173,694 lawyers, the same amount of growth that was seen from 2018 to 2019. But the economic damage being wrought by the pandemic could wipe those gains away.

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