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The National Law Journal’s NLJ 500 contains key information about the size of the nation’s largest law firms. The spreadsheet includes:
* Rank based on Total Number of Attorneys (full-time equivalent for the previous calendar year)
* Total Number of Attorneys
* Total Number of Partners
* Total Number of Equity Partners
* Total Number of Non-Equity Partners
* Total Number of Associates
* Total Number of Other Attorneys
* Starting Salaries for First Year Associates
* Location of Branch Offices
* Breakdown of Number of Attorneys by Branch Office
* Key Marketing Contact Information
ALM Legal Intelligence gathers the data for The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s largest law firms. This year the survey was expanded from 350 to 500.The NLJ sent surveys to over 600 law firms to determine the 500 largest. Eligibility is based on a firm’s total number of attorneys (average FTE), not including contract or temporary attorneys, covers the previous calendar year period. In order to qualify, a firm must have employed more lawyers based in the U.S. than in any other single country.
Firms are ranked by the total number of full-time equivalent (FTE) attorneys and numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number. In case of a tie, firms are ranked by the number of FTE attorneys before rounding, and then on the total number of partners, and then the number of equity partners. In some cases, firms did not provide numbers for breakouts such as associates and other attorneys. As a result, the summation of individual breakouts may not equal the total number of attorneys reported.
The city listed under the firm name is the firm’s principal office. “Number of attorneys” reflects permanent, FTE attorneys at the firm. “Other” attorneys includes non-partner, non-associate lawyers at the firm, e.g., counsel, of counsel, senior counsel and staff attorneys. “Starting salary” lists the base salary for a first-year associate. In some firms, this varies by office.