“Strong Law Firm Growth Continuing”

Well, this must be good news. More lawyers working means more paralegals needed, right?

"The nation’s largest 250 law firms [registration req’d] grew by 4 percent in 2006, a figure that was just shy of last year’s gains but still reflected a sound legal economy.

"The results of the 2006 NLJ 250, The National Law Journal‘s 29th annual survey of the nation’s largest law firms, revealed that 121,423 attorneys worked at those firms this year, some 4,752 more attorneys than last year.

"In 2005, the top 250 law firms had 116,671 attorneys, which represented a 4.4 percent increase from 2004, when firms grew by 1.5 percent. In 2003, firms expanded by 1.6 percent.

"The increase in the number of attorneys at the top 250 firms indicates that firms continue to boost their ranks to meet the demands created by a strong business economy."