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Crystal Ball Department: Law Firms Line Up to Offer 2017 Litigation Predictions

It’s January. That means it’s time for the first round of litigation trend forecasts from law firms and other industry players.

Recent reports looking ahead have come from Crowell & Moring, Covington & Burling and Seyfarth Shaw. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has offered insights about what’s in store, and so has legal recruiter Major, Lindsey & Africa. Last month, Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting weighed in.

Here’s what they all agree on: the future is uncertain.

Thank you and goodnight.

To be fair, this is an exceptionally difficult year to forecast. The federal government is a huge factor in shaping the legal market, and who knows what the Trump administration is going to do. I get the sense even the Trump administration doesn’t know.

Moreover, the forecasts at times can come across as a tad self-serving. For example, headhunter Major, Lindsey & Africa in its “Big Law 2017: A Look Ahead” released Friday suggests—wait for it—that the “most viable and expedient” way for firms to grow is through lateral hiring.

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