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Crain’s annual list of top law firms: Who’s on top, who’s shrinking
The No. 1 spot on Crain’s largest law firms in Chicago list has been held by the same firm for a decade. Kirkland & Ellis LLP, with a reported 567 local attorneys, continues to lead the list, which ranks the largest 25 firms by their attorney headcount in the six-county Chicago area as of June 30. Kirkland & Ellis overtook Sidley Austin LLP in 2006 with a difference of only eight local attorneys. The two firms have remained locked in at No. 1 and No. 2 on this list since. Rounding out the top five are Mayer Brown LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP and McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
Of these top 25 firms, Locke Lord LLP, which acquired Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in January, grew its local presence the fastest in the past year, with a 23.9 percent increase in the number of local attorneys. But overall, this was a year of slow growth for Chicago law firms. In fact, 14 of the 25 saw decreases in their number of local attorneys in the past 12 months.
The full list includes staff breakdown, partner specialties and 2014 firmwide revenue. To download and view the full list in HTML, PDF or Excel formats, visit ChicagoBusiness.com/lawfirms .