The PA Law 100

2012

Top 100 Law Firms in Pennsylvania

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Analysis: The Forecast for 2013 project management training. But only one- quarter suggested they thought their efforts were satisfactory. In practice, project management tech- niques are just one part of the developing legal landscape. It's not partners and associates anymore. Now it's the gamut from outsourced staff to temporary help to technology solu- tions, in or outside of any single firm. The legal world isn't flat, to paraphrase writer Thomas Friedman, but it is a lot more complicated. Law Schools The bubble is bursting. Too many law schools are producing too many ill-prepared law grad- uates for too few traditional jobs. It's not that the need for more lawyers is disappearing. It's that the law schools are poorly positioned to identify unmet needs or train their students to meet them. And they continue to charge as much as the traffic will bear, under pressure themselves to ship money back to general university coffers to underwrite operating costs all across the campus. Change here will occur only if the Ameri- can Bar Association relaxes its mandatory six- semester accreditation rules — and if stu- dents start voting with their feet. Let's not hold our breath. A Look at PA Firms Across the Country Chicago Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Firm DLA Piper K&L Gates Greenberg Traurig Reed Smith McGuire Woods Drinker Biddle & Reath Morgan Lewis & Bockius Littler Mendelson Duane Morris Cozen O'Connor New York City Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Firm DLA Piper Greenberg Traurig Morgan Lewis & Bockius Dechert Reed Smith Blank Rome 7. (tie) Duane Morris 7. (tie) K&L Gates 9. 10. Number of Attorneys 202 131 128 115 113 102 53 40 39 23 San Francisco Rank 1. 2. 3. Firm Reed Smith Morgan Lewis & Bockius Littler Mendelson 4. (tie) DLA Piper 4. (tie) Duane Morris 6. 7. 8. 9. K&L Gates Drinker Biddle & Reath Dechert 10. Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis Greenberg Traurig Cozen O'Connor Littler Mendelson Number of Attorneys 232 217 167 164 146 113 92 92 87 43 Sources: PaLaw Survey, Industry Resources Numbers Include Full-Time Attorneys Only PaLaw 2012 | 99 Washington, D.C. Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 Firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius K&L Gates DLA Piper 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Drinker Biddle & Reath Greenberg Traurig Reed Smith Dechert Blank Rome Ballard Spahr Pepper Hamilton Number of Attorneys 125 98 79 49 49 40 28 18 15 13 To review then, there is much ferment and little certainty. The norms are being chal- lenged — cost, structure, relationships, train- ing. After all, running the business of law is not for the weak. Aric Press became vice president, editor in chief of ALM in November 2010. Before that he served as editor in chief of The American Lawyer since 1998. Press joined ALM from Newsweek, where he had been a writer and senior editor for 19 years. In his new role, Press serves as ALM's senior editorial officer. Number of Attorneys 232 164 135 96 88 80 73 72 44 40

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