Earlier last year, law firms pulled the trigger on layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts, while certain practice areas saw a slow-down in work as clients sought to reduce spending.
"The legal industry as a whole has realized that it hasn't been hit as hard as everyone thought they would've been," said Meredith Frank, a partner at the recruiting firm, Major, Lindsey & Africa.
Law firms were able to do this by taking immediate measures to manage and preempt the anticipated impact of the pandemic by doubling down on billing and connections, Frank explained.
Karen Andersen, managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa Major, Lindsey & AfricaCertain sectors, like technology, healthcare, and life sciences have especially seen robust demand, as has bankruptcy and data privacy, said Karen Andersen, a managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa's partner practice group.
Joshua Dull, partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa Major, Lindsey & Africa Joshua Dull, a partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa's Miami office, said that he was "surprised" that firms made a lot of hires without meeting them in the flesh.
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