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young lawyers professionalsThe 100 law firms with the biggest presence in New York mostly continued to grow last year, although average head count growth slowed and fewer firms saw blockbuster growth than the year before.

This year’s New York Law Journal 100 tallied the average number of full-time equivalent lawyers at law firms across the state. The biggest presence on the list was the 833-lawyer office of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, while the smallest were the 90-lawyer Manhattan offices of Cozen O’Connor and Baker Botts.

See the Chart: NYLJ 100: Largest Firms by Number of Lawyers in New York

The top 100 law firms employed nearly 23,000 lawyers in New York last year, an increase of about 2.7 percent from their 2017 averages. The biggest 20 firms grew their head counts 0.2 percentage points faster than average, the next 20 firms grew 0.5 percentage points faster, and the bottom three quintiles grew slower than average.

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Jack Newsham

Jack Newsham writes about the New York legal community and the business of law, including law firm finance and management and the battle for talent. Email him at jnewsham@alm.com and find him on Twitter @thenewsham.

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