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Practice, Business Savvy Top Firm Wish Lists: Survey

Law360 (November 12, 2009, 3:12 PM EST) -- Nearly half the firms looking to expand their midlevel associate ranks are focusing foremost on bringing in attorneys with specialized expertise and the ability to build up lucrative core practice areas, according to a new survey from staffing agency Robert Half Legal.

When asked what criteria top their list when evaluating mid-level associate candidates, 49 percent of 150 attorneys from top U.S. and Canadian firms told Robert Half Legal that practice area expertise was number one, followed by 30 percent who named business development experience as...
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