Expect Whistleblower Suits, Patent Disputes In 2012

By Carolina Bolado (January 1, 2012, 12:00 AM EST) -- With clients now sitting on more cash and willing to fight disputes in court, litigation has been growing and shows no signs of slowing down in 2012 — particularly in the intellectual property, securities, energy, employment and health care fields, attorneys say.

In a recent Robert Half Legal Hiring Index released in September, 20 percent of attorneys polled said litigation would be the fastest-growing practice area in the coming months. Attorneys in the health care, labor and employment, and IP arenas are particularly in demand, Robert Half Legal Executive Director Charles Volkert said.

"We really haven't seen much of a slowdown...

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