Increasingly diverse local economies are helping legal professionals across the South recover from the recession. Real estate, labor and employment and intellectual property work are fueling a rebound in Atlanta. Health care and finance lead the way in generating legal work for Birmingham, Alabama. Out-of-town competition is starting to take notice of Nashville’s status of "It" town of the moment, and they want in.

This report takes a look at the legal business climate in cities throughout the region, from New Orleans and Tampa to D.C.’s Northern Virginia suburbs.

 

ATLANTA
Slow Rebound,
Strong Fundamentals

 
BIRMINGHAM, ALA.
Diverse Economy
Attracts Newcomers

 
MIAMI
Latin American Ties
Saved the Day

 
TAMPA/ORLANDO, FLA.
Labor Disputes
Drive Business

 
LOUISVILLE, KY.
Finding ‘Reasons
to Be Optimistic’

 
NEW ORLEANS
Rebuilding Aid Helps
Big Easy Bounce Back

 
JACKSON, MISS.
Change Is Afoot
in Traditional State

 
CHARLOTTE, N.C.
A Financial Center
Recovers its Equilibrium

 
GREENVILLE, S.C.
‘Upstate’ Embraces
New Economic Era

 
NASHVILLE, TENN.
Capitalizing on
‘It’ City Status

 
NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Learning to Live
With Sequestration

 

 

CHART: MEET THE SOUTHERN 50
The law offices with the most lawyers posted in the South.