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Monday, April 25, 2011

NLJ 250 Shed 2900 Lawyers in 2010

NLJ 250 National Law Journal, The NLJ 250:

The NLJ 250, The National Law Journal's annual survey of the nation’s largest law firms, shows that Big Law continued to shed lawyers at a brisk clip in 2010. Nearly 2,900 fewer lawyers worked for the 250 top firms last year. That's in addition to the approximately 6,600 attorneys who departed in 2009. In the 34 years the NLJ has been surveying large firms to gather headcount numbers, there have never been multiyear declines of this magnitude.

Rank

Law Firm              

Principal Office

Attorneys

1

Baker McKenzie

Chicago

3738

2

DLA Piper

Chicago

3348

3

Jones Day

D.C.

2502

4

Hogan Lovells

D.C.

2363

5

Latham&Watkins

New York

1931

6

Skadden

New York

1858

7

White & Case

New York

1814

8

K&L Gates

Pittsburgh

1763

9

Greenberg Tr.

New York

1761

10

Mayer Brown

Chicago   

1645

11

Sidley Austin

Chicago

1538

12

Reed Smith

Pittsburgh

1449

13

Kirkland & Ellis

Chicago

1379

14

Morgan Lewis

Philadelphia

1239

15

Weil Gotshal

New York

1152

16

Cleary Gottlieb

New York

1127

17

Dewey LeBouef

New York

1045

18

Morrison & Foer.

San Francisco

1029

19

Gibson Dunn

Los Angeles

1029

20

Orrick Herrington

San Francisco

1022

21

McDermott

Chicago

970

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Comments

Inevitable. The bubble has burst.

Posted by: Jim O'Sullivan | Apr 25, 2011 11:54:29 AM