The NLJ 500: Our Annual Survey of the Nation's Largest Law Firms

Welcome to the 2017 NLJ 500, an annual survey that debuted nearly 40 years ago with 200 firms. In this year’s report, the number of lawyers working at the nation’s 500 largest U.S.-centric law firms in 2016 grew by about 2 percent from the previous year, to 163,700. The average lawyer count per firm bumped up slightly, to 327.

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  • Justices Revive Suit Against US Agent Who Fatally Shot Mexican Teenager

    By Marcia Coyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a Mexican family's attempt to hold a U.S. Border Patrol officer liable for the shooting death of their unarmed teenage son on foreign soil, and ordered reargument next term in two unrelated immigration cases. The justices, in an unsigned opinion in which three justices dissented for different reasons, vacated an appellate court ruling that had protected the border agent in the family's lawsuit.

  • Justices, Shying From Second Amendment, Won't Touch California's Gun Restrictions

    By Marcia Coyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court, declining to step back into the contentious arena of gun regulation, refused on Monday to review the constitutionality of California's restrictions on the concealed and open carry of guns. Justice Clarence Thomas, with Neil Gorsuch, had urged the court to take up the challenge.

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