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.

Special Reports

Legal Times

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Regulation

  • Corporate Whistleblowers Catch the Supreme Court's Attention

    By C. Ryan Barber

    Federal appellate courts have struggled recently over exactly when a corporate insider becomes a whistleblower who's entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act's protections against retaliation. The U.S. Supreme Court's now jumping into the fray to resolve tension among the lower courts. The justices agreed Monday to take up the case Digital Realty Trust v. Somers from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • 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.

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Litigation

  • Corporate Whistleblowers Catch the Supreme Court's Attention

    By C. Ryan Barber

    Federal appellate courts have struggled recently over exactly when a corporate insider becomes a whistleblower who's entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act's protections against retaliation. The U.S. Supreme Court's now jumping into the fray to resolve tension among the lower courts. The justices agreed Monday to take up the case Digital Realty Trust v. Somers from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • Row Over DJ Casey Kasem's Death Spawns New Federal Suit

    By Todd Cunningham

    The widow of Casey Kasem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the radio personality's three adult children from another marriage.

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