One-quarter of lawyers interviewed by Robert Half Legal predict that their law firms or companies will add legal jobs in the first half of 2017. This compares to 31 percent six months ago and 24 percent one year ago . Fifty-nine percent of lawyers said they plan to only fill vacant posts in the next six months, while 11 percent said they would neither fill vacant positions nor create new ones. No respondents anticipate staff reductions. Legal Hiring Environment in the United States* Jan.-June 2017 Freezing/not filling vacated positions or creating new ones 11% View an infographic of the research highlights. Other Key Findings Sixty-three percent of lawyers said finding skilled legal professionals is somewhat or very challenging, while 38 percent of survey respondents expressed concern about losing legal personnel to other job opportunities in the next six months. Thirty-five percent of lawyers said that, aside from compensation or bonus, flexible work arrangements provide the greatest incentive for legal professionals to remain with an employer. Challenging work or variety of assignments ranked second, receiving 33 percent of the survey response, followed by professional development opportunities, at 15 percent. "Law firms in particular are recruiting highly skilled experts with backgrounds in commercial litigation, insurance defense and eDiscovery to help them manage rising caseloads and meet client needs," said Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal. "As a result, legal professionals with five-plus years of litigation experience are in strong demand and many are receiving multiple job offers." Volkert added that as employers increasingly compete for highly skilled legal professionals, retention remains a top priority. "The loss of a tenured attorney not only adversely impacts client service, it also can affect a firm's profitability," said Volkert. Litigation Expertise in Demand Litigation is expected to yield the most job opportunities from January through June of 2017, according to 40 percent of attorneys surveyed.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/litigation-expected-drive-hiring-first-150000765.html
We are looking for a great trial lawyer! As a small firm with the resources of a large one, we can react and strike quickly and you can be assured your case will not get lost in the shuffle. We understand our clients’ businesses, and know how to prioritize litigation within the overall scope of their business operations. Motion practice is the mechanism where a party, through their attorney, petitions the court to make a decision regarding a disputed aspect of the case. This is a critical stage in litigation, as being a sloppy lawyer can lead to a claim being dismissed by the court for lack of discovery and evidence. A demurred may also request a dismissal because of some procedural defect with the complaint. In the pretrial stage, litigators consult with and advise clients; retain expert witnesses; attend pretrial conferences and develop a trial strategy based on the facts and evidence. A lawsuit involves a plaintiff filing a formal Complaint with the appropriate court, and then serving a copy upon a defendant to provide them notice of the impending court case. The parties then have a fixed time to accept or reject the number. Although we are a small firm, we frequently litigate cases successfully against much larger law firms. Many types of civil litigation arise in the business world. We are cone...
Either side may bring different kinds of written motions during the case. Many of the cases our litigation attorneys handle are in the news. The demurred asks that the case be dismissed. The losing side in a trial may appeal. Usually, however, the term “litigation” only refers to a law-related matter once legal proceedings have commenced, generally done by the filing of pleadings with a court or administrative agency. It is the litigation lawyer's duty to spend a significant amount of time with the client collecting information that can be used to provide the strongest claim to the court.