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How 5 Firms Grew Without Merging

Law360 (April 15, 2018, 10:02 PM EDT) -- Of the firms that grew the fastest without merging in 2017, one stands apart — and it isn’t for making headlines with a list of high-profile partner hires.

Last year, Los Angeles-based Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP brought in 55 lateral attorneys. But only two of them were partners.

According to co-founder Dan Berman, the firm has long sought to build a pipeline of talent with the goal of promoting internally, a practice dating back to its inception in 1997.

“Our strategy obviously is to grow, support our clients,” he said, “but we’re also very wary as a firm … of growing...

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