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In K.C., consolidation is the watchword

National firms are steering clear as local players combine to compete.

, The National Law Journal

With about 2 million people and a fairly steady economy that leans heavily on agriculture and manufacturing, the Kansas City, Mo., metropolitan area hardly rivals New York, Chicago or Los Angeles when it comes to demand for legal services. Yet the city is home to quite a few sizable law firms — four of the 250 largest U.S. law firms are based there, with an additional three firms headquartered elsewhere but maintaining a significant presence.

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