Despite a few recent layoff announcements from Mayer Brown and a couple other big law firms, we are seeing a huge increase in overall hiring. As predicted in the first quarter of 2009 by Morgan Warren, founder of Warren Recruiting, the increase in 2010 hiring is being seen in all ranks of attorneys and staff. The largest concentrated growth is from mid size law firms who are looking for talented, seasoned attorneys and staffers to handle a myriad of cases and deals.
The IP, Bankruptcy, Litigation and Partner level searches are back to 2008 (very high) levels. Real Estate and Finance is still lagging a bit however the growth of new opportunities has been on the rise. Warren Recruiting remains optimistic that 2010 will continue to be a very strong year for talented law professionals.
On an international level, we have seen a dramatic drop in new opportunities particularly within Asia who is suffering from over expansion in 2009 and is looking to absorb the glut of attorneys hired in the past three years. The challenges in Greece have not had a noticeable impact in the EU nor do we anticipate seeing any direct impact.
Let us know if you have specific questions about particular verticals within the legal space.