Law firms and corporate legal departments will be adding to their teams in the year ahead, a new survey shows. Litigation, corporate governance and intellectual property were identified as the areas of law expected to experience the most growth.
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 300 attorneys among the 1,000 largest law firms and corporations in the United States and Canada.
Lawyers were asked, "Do you expect the number of lawyers employed with your law firm/corporate legal department to increase, stay the same or decrease in the next 12 months?" Their responses: increase 47 percent, stay the same 47 percent, decrease 2 percent, and don't know 4 percent.
"Litigation activity - from labor and employment disputes to contract issues and patent and copyright protection is creating demand for tenured attorneys with relevant case experience and successful track records," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "Litigation occurs in every industry and is a practice area that continually produces a significant volume of work. Because case demands vary, however, law firms often supplement their full-time staff with project professionals to meet peak workloads."