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September 2019

Gordon & Rees Among U.S. Firms Most Active in Lateral Hires in Citi’s Law Firm Leaders Confidence Index Survey

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani was listed among U.S. firms most active in the lateral market for first half of 2019 according to Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group's latest issue of the Law Firm Leaders Confidence Index bi-annual survey. The survey results were published in a Law360 article "Despite Recession Chatter, Lateral Market Sizzles In 2019."

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani hired 119 attorneys during the first half of 2019 which according to Firmwide Managing Partner Dion Cominos, "was driven by the firm's strategy to open an office in all 50 U.S. states ... and the closure of a number of law firms, such as LeClairRyan, which presented opportunities to bring on outstanding new attorneys." Cominos also added, "the firm's recruitment has been driven by a combination of individual hires, as well as the acquisition of smaller practices."

Overall the survey reported nationwide lateral law firm recruitment activity rose in the first half of 2019 compared to 2018 with an overall 18 percent jump over a year ago and increases in the numbers of attorney hires across all tiers. The largest surge in lateral moves was associates, with 4,304 hires in the first half of 2019, compared with 3,420 lateral hires in the same time in 2018 — a jump of 26 percent.