The following practice areas are currently experiencing strong demand:
General business/commercial law – As business activity increases, lawyers are needed to handle commercial transactions.
Litigation – Law firms seek experienced associates to guide clients through complex matters related to corporate and commercial litigation, insurance defense, labor and employment, class actions, and individual lawsuits. With e-discovery an increasingly important and costly aspect of civil litigation, corporations and law firms seek to hire lawyers and litigation support professionals who can spearhead these initiatives.
Healthcare – Regulatory issues and impending healthcare reforms are keeping demand steady for lawyers and paralegals with specialized experience in the healthcare arena.
Bankruptcy/foreclosure – Law firms continue to add lawyers and paralegals to serve lenders, investors, businesses and homeowners involved in commercial and residential foreclosures and bankruptcies.
Intellectual property – A record number of patent filings has kept demand high for lawyers and paralegals who can help companies enforce trademarks and safeguard proprietary knowledge.