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After heavy defections, Locke Lord finds footing in Boston

Three years ago, Locke Lord LLP’s local headcount was in freefall. The law firm had entered Boston through a January 2015 merger with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. In the two years following the combination, more than 50 lawyers left the firm’s Boston office, some of them because of unhappiness with their compensation.

Today, things aren’t nearly as dramatic.

While Locke Lord has yet to woo partners from local firms, it has stopped its losses. For the past three years, Locke Lord’s Boston office has remained steady at around five dozen lawyers — even increasing its local headcount by two attorneys, to 62.

“Like all firms, they’re very interested in continuing to grow,” said Rob Zinn of the recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa, who has worked with Locke Lord locally. “They’re being very proactive in their growth efforts here in Boston, but they’re also being more selective.”

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