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Who Buys Source

Profiling adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages (either Internet or traditional book) for an attorney in the last year:

GfK MRI, 2010

Of those adults 18+ who consulting the Yellow Pages for an attorney in the past year, 52.6% were women and 47.4% were men.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for an attorney in the last year, by age group: 18-24, 10.6%; 25-34, 17.5%; 35-44, 19.5%; 45-54, 24.2%; 55-64, 17.3%; 65+, 10.9%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who used the Yellow Pages to find an attorney in the past year, by income level: $100,000+, 19.4%; $75-99,999, 11.7%; $60-74,999, 11.3%; $50-59,999, 9.3%; $40-49,999, 9.5%; $30-39,999, 11.2%; $20-29,999, 10.7%; under $20,000, 16.9%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ referred to the Yellow Pages for an attorney in the last year, by region: Northeast, 16.6%; Midwest, 22.8%; South, 41.7%; West, 18.9%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who consulted the Yellow Pages for an attorney in the previous year, by race: White, 73.0%; Black, 15.4%; Other, 11.6%; Hispanic origin, 12.6%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who used the Yellow Pages to find an attorney in the past year, by marital status: Single, 23.7%; married, 53.2%; separated/widowed/divorced, 23.1%.

GfK MRI, 2010

When They Buy Source

Early January is typically the busiest time of the year for divorce lawyers.

Daily Finance, 2011

Why They Buy Source

According to a 2011 survey of consumers who were looking online for an attorney or legal services, the most important items of information the respondents wanted were details about an attorney's credentials and experience, followed by personal referrals or recommendations, and information about legal procedures or answers to common questions.

WebVisible, 2011

How They Buy Source

According to an annual survey conducted by Altman Weil, Inc., 95% of U.S. law firms were planning to raise their billing rates in 2011, with a median increase of 4%. 

Altman Weil, Inc., 2011


Where They Buy Source

The five largest U.S. law firms, based on 2010 gross revenues (totals in billions), with percentage change from 2007 in parentheses: 1. Baker & McKenzie, $2.104 (-0.4%); 2. Skadden, $2.100 (no change); 3. DLA Piper, $1.961 (N/A); 4. Latham & Watkins, $1.929 (+5.9%); 5. Hogan Lovells, $1.665 (N/A).

American Lawyer, 2011

The 6-10 largest U.S. law firms, according to 2010 gross revenues (totals in billions): 6. Kirkland & Ellis, $1.625 (+13.8%); 7. Jones Day, $1.616 (+6.3%); 8. Sidley Austin, $1.341 (-1.2%); 9. White & Case, $1.278 (-2.2%); 10. Greenberg Traurig, $1.236 (+5.4%).
 

American Lawyer, 2011

Of those law school graduates who were members of the Class of 2010, 68.4% obtained a job for which bar passage was required. An additional 10.7% obtained jobs for which a J.D. was preferred, or even required, but for which bar passage was not required.

National Association for Law Placement, 2011

Of those Class of 2010 law school graduates who were employed, 50.9% were working in a private law practice. Other types of employment: Business, 15.1%; judicial clerk, 9.3%; public interest, 6.7%; academic, 3.7%; military, 1.3%; other government, 11.5%.

National Association for Law Placement, 2011

Based on a 2011 study of Labor Department data by the ABA Journal, metro markets with the highest average pay for lawyers: 1. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, $192,020; 2. San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City, $167,130; 3. New York/White Plains/Wayne, $166,130; 4. Santa Ana/Anaheim/Irvine, $157,950; 5. Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale, $155,120; 6. Modesto (CA), $153,540; 7. Wilmington (DE), $153,520; 8. Washington, DC, $152,230; 9. Oxnard/Thousand Oaks/Ventura, $150,850; 10. Chattanooga, $148,350. 

The New York Times, 2011

There are a total of 200 ABA-approved law schools in the U.S.

American Bar Association, 2011

Business Trends Source

According to research conducted by the National Association for Law Placement, women attorneys accounted for 19.4% of the partners in the nation's major law firms in 2010 (up from 12.3% in 1993), while minorities accounted for 6.2% in 2010 (up from 2.6% in 1993). Women accounted for 45.4% of associates in 2010, with minority attorneys making up 19.5% of the total.

National Association for Law Placement, 2011

Seventeen U.S. law firms generated gross revenue in excess of $1 billion in 2010, up from seven in 2005. Gross revenue of the 100 largest law firms in the country increased 4.0% in 2010, after a 3.4% drop in 2009.

American Lawyer, 2011

According to a yearly survey conducted by Altman Weil, Inc., 66.5% of U.S. law firms reported an increase in gross revenue in 2010, compared to 46.0% that experienced revenue growth in 2009.

Altman Weil, Inc., 2011

For the 2009-2010 academic year, there were 145,239 students enrolled in law schools at U.S. universities. Of this total, 53% were men, 47% were women, and 22% were minority students.

American Bar Association, 2011

According to the Law School Admission Council, the number of applicants to the nation's law schools for the fall of 2011 class was down 11.5%, when compared to the previous year, to 66,876 (the lowest figure since 2001).

The Wall Street Journal, 2011

Based on a 2011 survey by Altman Weil, Inc., recent legal market trends that the responding attorneys believe will become permanent: Focus on improved practice efficiency, 93.5%; more price competition, 89.6%; fewer support staff, 88.3%; more commoditized legal work, 81.3%; more non-hourly billing, 74.9%; competition from non-traditional service providers, 69.8%; fewer equity partners, 68.4%; more contract lawyers, 59.6%; smaller annual billing rate increases, 57.1%; outsourcing legal work, 41.1%.

Altman Weil, Inc., 2011

Share of expenses for the typical law firm: Attorneys, 61%; staffing, 18%; occupancy, 6%; promotion, 2%; equipment, 2%; reference, 1%; other (insurance premiums, settlements, etc.), 9%.

American Bar Association, 2011

Based on a survey by the American Bar Association, 56% of attorneys maintained an online presence on a site like Facebook or LinkedIn in 2010, up from 43% in 2009 and 15% in 2008. The study also revealed that 10% of the respondents had landed a client through the use of online communities or social networks.

American Bar Association, 2011

Misc Source

Major cities whose law firms had the greatest percentage of women associates in 2010: Sacramento, 55.0%; New Orleans, 54.6%; San Francisco, 51.3%; Portland, 50.9%; Los Seattle, 48.6%; Angeles, 48.3%; Atlanta, 48.1%; Denver, 47.8%; Boston, 47.7%; Pittsburgh, 47.1.

NALP, 2011

Large cities whose law firms had the greatest percentage of women partners in 2010: Ft. Lauderdale/W. Palm Beach, 24.4%; New Orleans, 24.2%; San Francisco, 24.2%; Denver, 23.8%; Sacramento, 23.6%; Raleigh/Durham, 23.0%; Seattle, 23.0%; Austin, 22.7%; Miami, 22.5%; Minneapolis, 21.2%. 

NALP, 2011

Major cities whose law firms had the largest percentage of minority partners in 2010: Miami, 24.0%; San Jose, 15.2%; Los Angeles, 12.1%; San Francisco, 11.0%; Orange County (CA), 10.4%; San Diego, 8.5%; Sacramento, 8.5%; Seattle, 8.4%; Tampa/St. Petersburg, 8.4%; Austin, 8.3%.

NALP, 2011

Major cities whose law firms had the greatest percentage of minority associates in 2010: Miami, 38.0%; San Jose, 36.8%; Los Angeles, 28.7%; San Francisco, 27.9%; Orange County (CA), 25.3%; New York City, 23.3%; Seattle, 21.6%; Washington, DC, 20.8%; Ft. Lauderdale/W. Palm Beach, 20.8%; Houston, 20.5%.

NALP, 2011