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In response to the changing legal landscape, law firms have restructured their staffing of both attorneys and non-attorneys alike. Law firm management has begun to realize that they can use support staff more strategically within the organization. This survey examines staffing changes and the impact on law firm for the following categories: legal support staff, library services, marketing and business development, office services and litigation support.
This report, conducted by ALM Legal Intelligence, provides an overview of staffing trends for support functions in large law firms (NLJ 350 size or larger). The purpose of the report is to better understand non-attorney staffing as firms practice it now and the staffing mix may change in the future.
Data was collected via a web-based survey conducted between January 12, 2015, and March 31, 2015. E-mail invitations were sent to administrators, HR executives, CEOs, CFOs, and Executive Directors. Fifty-three firms participated in the survey. Of that group, 43 percent were from firms with 75 or fewer attorneys, 22 percent were firms with between 76 and 150 attorneys, 24 percent were firms between 151 and 500 attorneys, and 11 percent with 501 or more attorneys. The split between NLJ and Am Law firms was 17 firms and 10 firms, respectively.