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The Update on Associate Attrition (Calendar Year 2021) report covers overall associate attrition and hiring during this turbulent year, with detailed analyses of departure destinations (other firms/in-house, or other), factors driving associates' departures, and whether the departures were wanted or not from firms' perspectives, as well as comparisons of data by entry and lateral status, race and gender, firm size, and other key metrics. New information includes:


  • Departure date tracking to probe 2021’s salary wars, special bonuses, and reopenings.
  • Specific queries about DEI, support for mental health/well-being, community/connectivity, remote/flexible work, and vaccination/testing policies as factors influencing associate departures.
  • Rehires information, to capture “boomerang” associate data.


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Update on Associate Attrition (Calendar Year 2021)

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    Akin Gump

    Alston & Bird

    Armstrong Teasdale

    Arnold & Porter

    Baker Botts

    Beveridge & Diamond


    Chapman and Cutler

    Cravath Swaine & Moore

    Davis Polk


    DLA Piper

    Epstein Becker Green

    Eversheds Sutherland

    Fenwick & West

    Foley & Lardner

    Frost Brown Todd

    Gibson Dunn

    Goodwin Procter

    Greenberg Traurig

    Haynes & Boone

    Holland & Knight

    Hunton Andrews Kurth

    Jenner & Block

    Jones Day

    King & Spalding

    Latham & Watkins

    Mayer Brown

    McDermott Will & Emery

    McDowell Hetherington


    Merchant & Gould

    Morrison & Foerster

    Neal Gerber Eisenberg

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Paul Hastings

    Quarles & Brady

    Ropes & Gray

    Rutan & Tucker

    Seward & Kissel

    Sheppard Mullin


    Sidley Austin


    Snell & Wilmer

    Steptoe & Johnson

    Sullivan & Cromwell

    Troutman Pepper


    Vinson & Elkins



    Winston & Strawn

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