The average law firm is mid-sized, white- and male-dominated
By Tony Flesor
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Each October, Law Week compiles its Colorado 200 list, a ranking of Colorado’s largest firms.
And this year, we’ve used our list to gain a little extra insight into the makeup of the state’s law firms. Through our voluntary survey, firms were asked to report the number of attorneys nationwide, the number of attorneys here in Colorado, the breakdown of how those attorneys fit within the leadership structure and some general demographic information.
What we learned
As a result of the extra available data, we not only have a breakdown of which firms are the biggest, but we also have a look at the associate-to-partner ratio, male-female ratio and ethnic minority ratio of a section of our list. These results include 57 firms from all parts of the list, from the largest firms to the smallest.
Unlike other attorney rankings that evaluate the quality of a firm’s attorneys, the Colorado 200 list provides raw data that gives us a sense of what the makeup of the state’s legal community really looks like. The list is not a compilation of the best — unless you subscribe to the belief that bigger is necessarily better — but instead is simply a way to sort the firms.
Included in the list this time around is also an indicator of how each firm changed from last year to this year. We know that each firm has its own story, though, as large cases reach their end or industries fluctuate. A handful of firms have entered the mountain region with new offices or by acquiring others, and a smaller handful have closed in the past year.