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2012 Mid-Year California Hiring Outlook

The legal job market is a moving target.  Various areas of practice heat up or cool down depending upon a variety of factors including the economy in general, changes in the law (or judicial interpretation), and the growth or decline of industry in particular geographic areas.  So, what areas of practice are hot right now,…
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California Economy 2012: Turning the Corner?

To understand California’s legal market, we must understand the economy as a whole. California's economy is the ninth largest in the world, compared with other countries.  As of 2010, the gross state product (GSP) was about $1.9 trillion, comprising 13% of the national gross domestic product (GDP).  But California was hard-hit by the Great Recession…
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Fourth Quarter 2010 Lateral Market Update

Lateral attorney hiring remained slow in early 2010 but definitely picked up in the second half of the year, particularly regarding associates.  The demand for partners with significant business remained constant.  However, hiring firms are scrutinizing potential portable business more intensely. The most active practice areas for lateral partner movement were, in descending order, IP,…
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Spring/Summer 2010 California Lateral Update

As we move into summer, law firms continue to seek partners with multi-million dollar books of portable business and there is a slight thaw in law firm associate hiring, but we have a long way to go before there is a return to a robust lateral market at any level of seniority.  Law firm downsizing…
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