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.

  • Inside the Supreme Court, There Was Kennedy and Everyone Else

    By Marcia Coyle

    The final day of the U.S. Supreme Court term almost always brings some drama with it—a rumored or surprise retirement, a landmark decision. The focus on this Monday was on Justice Anthony Kennedy and whether the court would say something about President Donald Trump's travel ban.

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