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Some Law Firm Clients Ban 1st-Years, Says Morgan Lewis Chair

Posted Apr 13, 2009 5:49 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Litigation and labor and employment are busy right now at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. But an ongoing emphasis by corporate clients on value is making some significant changes in the profession, according to firm chairman Francis Milone.

Among the sea changes is a reluctance by a number of clients, or even an outright ban, as far having first-year associates work on their matters, says Milone in a wide-ranging interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"It's a trend," he tells the newspaper. "We literally have some clients who are telling us they do not want us to put brand-new associates on their matters."

The problem is, at a starting salary of $160,000 a head for the firm's first-years, such client reluctance is making the new associates less useful to Morgan Lewis, he points out. "It's going to be harder to find things for new lawyers to do. "

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