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The Am Law 200's 'Hollow Middle'

Miriam Rozen

Midrange firms face a growing dilemma: If your firm isn't either top-tier or super cheap, how will you attract clients?

Features

 Credit: ALM

Exclusive Report: The 2017 Am Law 200

The Am Law 200 reversed course in 2016, posting gains in gross revenue after experiencing a decline in 2015. But that average gain of 1.2 percent, coupled with similar increases in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner, masked some weakness in many firms’ results. As our overview story shows, a “hollow middle” is emerging.

Behind the Numbers: A Podcast on What the Am Law 200 Results Really Mean

ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nicholas Bruch breaks down the Am Law 200 results.

Bar Talk

Left to right: Michael T. Brody, Jessica Ring Amunson and Matthew S. Hellman Jenner & Block

Jenner Elevates Three to Fill Gap at Top of Appellate Group

By Katelyn Polantz

After two surprise moves left Jenner & Block's appellate practice without an obvious leader, the firm has turned to Matthew Hellman and Jessica Ring Amunson in D.C. and Chicago partner Michael Brody as a co-chair trifecta.

Columns

Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist 

By Vivia Chen

A few weeks ago I wrote that I doubted cloud-based operations are competing against Big Law for major rainmakers and clients. One virtual firm took issue with my views.

Bill O'Reilly.

Would Big Law Boot Bill O'Reilly?

By Vivia Chen

Just like the Fox News Network LLC, some law firms would be equally reluctant to get rid of a top rainmaker who behaved badly.

Women and Rejection

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist

Does the dearth of women at the top stem from fear of rejection? Not exactly. After a botched interview or a unflattering review, they're less likely to try again.

Small But Scrappy, Independent Law Firms Make Their Stand

By Chris Johnson

Facing intense competition from global firms, independent firms have to be smart and disciplined.

Industry Insights: A Healthy Demand for Lawyering in the Health Insurance Sector

By Kristen Rasmussen and Gina Passarella

As the country wrestles with solutions for affordable health care, law firms are well poised to make money from work involving the health insurance industry.

The Work

Big Deals

By Rebecca Cohen and Meghan Tribe

Big Suits

By Amanda Bronstad, Jenna Greene and R. Robin McDonald

Canadian Suits

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney