Change May Be Coming To Firm Staffing Models

Law360, New York (December 8, 2009, 3:55 PM EST) -- While the associate ranks have been hardest-hit by the downturn, a Law360 survey shows many large law firms still have high ratios of associates to partners — a staffing model some legal consultants say needs to change.

According to a Law360 survey, some law firms have retained staffing structures that have ratios as high as five associates to one partner. Of the responding firms, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP has the highest ratio of associates to partners, with a U.S. staff of 572 associates...
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