Spring has sprung. The days are getting longer. Flowers are blooming. And for Big Law, that can only mean one thing. It’s Am Law season. A considerable amount of time will be spent in the coming weeks and months teasing out the secrets contained within the Am Law 100’s vast array of financial data.

Much, in fact, has already been written, though the official rankings have yet to be released. In advance of the publication of the full list, The American Lawyer has been previewing the numbers in a series of profiles of individual firms. In that vein, I thought I’d provide a different kind of preview, a retrospective with a twist of sorts. In order to give some context for what is to come, I endeavored to examine the financial data through the perspective of the 100th ranked firm.