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Brought to you free by Counsel Financial. Editor’s Note: Shifting Sand Our annual ranking of the number of lawyers in law offices throughout New York state, always a major undertaking, has been complicated this year by fallout from the subprime mortgage meltdown and credit crisis. Even as we published the 2007 issue last Dec. 10, firms with large structured finance practices were being hit hard, and layoffs began. They continued into 2008 and firms were letting go of associates and freezing lateral hiring as we went to press. Law firm dissolutions have again become reality.
FEATURES

NYLJ 100 Largest Private Law Offices The big have still gotten bigger, but with the economic crisis have come layoffs, and firm dissolutions are again a reality. Our Methodology The Charts Where They Rank NYLJ 100 Alphabetical Listing and Rank NYLJ 100: The Largest Private Law Offices in New York State Largest Minority-Owned Law Firms in New York State Attorney General and Corporation Counsel; U.S. Attorneys’ Offices Attorney Concentration by County District Attorneys’ Offices ADR Providers New York State Law Schools Eighth Annual Fiction Contest Winner: A True Legal Drama By Richard Garbarini Sunglasses, calm attitude, and the drug-induced absence from the office (however long it’s been) will pass unnoticed. Wrong.


COLUMNS

Legal Lingo: Footnotes* By Adam Freedman Footnotes, an ‘insidious plague,’ thrive and multiply in the law. Coach’s Corner: Onward! By Ellen Ostrow Instead of letting bad review news or a missing mentor cause a meltdown, take stock and take productive action. Diversity in Action: Hit Hard By Katherine Frink-Hamlett If the terrible economy hands you a job loss or your department a budget cut, it won’t be easy, but try these responses.


DEPARTMENTS

In Good Spirits: Character to Spare By Christopher Matthews For a more intriguing brandy experience, say non to Cognac and oui to Armagnac. Restaurants: The East Village Arrives By Josh Ozersky With loads of choices and a casual, insouciant vibe, the new East Village has arrived. Restaurants: A Voice From the Neighborhood By Josh Ozersky Peter Meehan, former $25 and Under critic for The New York Times and longtime resident of the East Village, discusses the neighborhood he calls home. Travel: An Unbeatable Combo By Barry T. Bassis and Demetra M. Pappas The perfect cruise for Eastern European and Scandinavian culture connoisseurs. Books: A Two-Edged Title By Fabio Bertoni Prosecutions and personal ethics intertwine in a multi-layered work.


In Conclusion: Triangle Shirtwaist Trial By Kenneth Knott The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire was a disaster; how did the owners get off?

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