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Slow and steady (access required)

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For reasons that may linger — client needs, retirements, alarms set off by the Great Recession — many law firms in the state are operating with fewer lawyers than a year ago. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 survey to identify ...

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Smith Moore opens new SC office, takes on established lawyers (access required)

Two weeks after North Carolina giant Womble Carlyle announced its acquisition of a Charleston, S.C., firm, the regional law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood also has opened an office in the port city. The move expands the firm's footprint in the Southeast and positions it for growth in an area of economic vitality, Smith Moore Leatherwood chairman Rob Marcus (pictured) told Lawyers Weekly. "Charleston is becoming a very vibrant business market," Marcus said. "We've been excited to see Charleston grow and we wanted to be part of that growth."

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Nexsen Pruet expands in NC with addition of Lake and litigation trio (access required)

Former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. (pictured) and a trio of veteran lawyers have joined the Raleigh office of Nexsen Pruet, according to the South Carolina-based law firm. The move is part of a push into North Carolina that began in 1994, according to its chairman, John Sowards. "Our growth strategy is focused almost exclusively on expanding our practice in existing markets, with a very strong emphasis on expanding our presence in North Carolina," Sowards told Lawyers Weekly.

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Still down, but not out (access required)

Business isn't bullish, but it's not barren, either. That's the most recent verdict handed down from leaders of the firms ranked in Big 25, Lawyers Weekly's annual survey of the state's largest law firms. Nationwide, the past three years were marked by doomsday headlines that reported floods of layoffs for both attorneys and staff at large firms as a result of the recession. Firms hunkered down by cutting costs, freezing summer programs and deferring starts for new associates. North Carolina's Big 25 weren't exempt, either.

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