The State of Law Firm Leadership


In October 2010, I initiated a survey in preparing for a presentation that I was scheduled to deliver at the American University Washington College of Law. I subsequently sent surveys to 220 law firm leaders, representing a cross-section of firms of over 100 attorneys in size. I am pleased to report that a total of 92 leaders of law firms responded, with 2/3 from firms of 100 to 250 attorneys in size and the remaining 1/3 from firms of over 250 attorneys. This later group was fairly evenly split between firms of 250 to 500 attorneys and those larger than 500 attorneys. The responses obtained are being compared with a similar survey initiated in July 2004, published in an article entitled, “A Profile of Today’s Managing Partner.” (available on

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Patrick McKenna
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