2009 Worst Year for Lawyer Headcount in 3 Decades, Says 'NLJ 250' Survey

, The National Law Journal


The United States' largest law firms this year suffered the deepest cuts in their attorney numbers since The National Law Journal began tracking the figures more than 30 years ago. The total number of attorneys working at the top 250 law firms plunged by 5,259 lawyers. Put another way, it's as if all of the lawyers working at two firms the size of Jones Day vanished in 2009.

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  • griff77

    I would be interested to read how many law firms have simply ceased to exist and how many lawyers are no longer employed because of this.

  • Lex Emeritus

    The herd thins itself. Shut down all law schools for the next 10 years and maybe balance will be restored. Here in L.A. the going rate for top-tier bar members is $20/hr, right where it should be. Lawyers produce nothing except problems.

  • Publicus

    For the first time it is the elite 5% at the top that is suffering in an economic downturn. Too bad, so sad...but the other 95% of the profession is in no way feeling sorry for them. Call it schadenfreude or whatever but it is refreshing to see the White Shoe types and their grossly overpaid associates being brought back down to the real world.

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