DLA Piper tops list for largest US law firm

June 17, 2013 The National Law Journal has compiled statistics showing which US firms grew headcount over the past year, and which firms shrunk. At the top of the list ith the most lawyers added over the year is DLA Piper, which added 290 lawyers, bringing the total headcount to 4,036 lawyers.

In second place is Baker & McKenzie, which added 199 lawyers, to bring headcount to 4,004, and coming in third is Bryan Cave, which added 106 lawyers for a total of 990.

The list is compiled from data at the 350 largest US law firms. Looking at the group as a whole, there was 1.1 percent growth last year, down from 1.7 percent growth the year before. And despite the net gain, 140 firms in the top 350 lost lawyers last year.

The law firm that lost the most lawyers in terms of head count was Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, which is down 97 lawyers, for a total of 1,735.

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