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  The lower 48 states just completed the hottest month on record, following the warmest 12-month period on record. The Midwest’s farm economy has been left staggering. In our latest regional report card, we examine the implications for the region’s legal profession — and took a side trip to Wisconsin to review the profession’s role in the political fun and games in that state.         Firms rebranding to land agribusiness clients With Midwest law firms still suffering from the recession, many are repositioning their existing practice areas to specialize in agriculture law. • Plus, snapshots of the agribusiness client base.     Drought-related work keeps lawyers busy With a record dry season sweeping the Midwest, lawyers in the region are scrambling to renegotiate contracts for clients including farmers, lenders, food processors and ethanol producers.     Political turmoil makes work for lawyers Wisconsin’s attorneys have been contributing money and effort on behalf of the state’s warring factions.     Chicago firms embrace the futureWhat’s in store for the practice of law in the Midwest during 2012? We invited the people running four of the largest law offices in Chicago to provide their forecasts during a panel discussion in April. • Plus,  managing partners assess the business climate.     THE LAW OFFICES OF THE MIDWEST Dig into the data behind our Midwest Report by exploring our interactive map.   Source: NLJ 350. Ties decided by number of partners in the region. *After we conducted our survey in April, Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels merged to form Faegre Baker Daniels. function almi_data_file(){ var r = new Array; r.push('/json/nlj/2012/midwest/2012_midwest40.json'); return r;}

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