Between Jan. 1, 2009, and Jan. 1, 2010, lawyer headcounts at 25 of the 26 largest firms in Texas declined by 5.7 percent overall, and several of the BigTex firms posted Texas lawyer count declines in excess of 10 percent. Law firm consultant William C. Cobb of Houston says he's not surprised, noting that reduced hiring, delayed start dates, mandatory retirement rules and layoffs all contributed to the reductions. Firm leaders seemed much more optimistic about lateral hiring at Texas firms in the coming year.
Headcount Drops at Large Texas Firms
February 9, 2010