Collecting Data About Small Law Firms

I’d like to collect some information about a set of small law firms — how many lawyers they employ, perceived skill,  expertise, revenues, etc.  I would put the data to use as independent variables in a regression predicting a kinds of structuring of plaintiffs’ complaints.   If the firms were large, obviously I could go easily to one of the AMLaw lists.  But small firms are harder to track down.  Does anyone know of a central clearinghouse for small firm data, that would permit me to not simply go to each firm’s website (or call them)?

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2 Responses

  1. Deven says:


    When I have looked for some of this data, I found that the ABA, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and I think NALP provided different pieces of the data you want.

    I’m afraid I don’t know of a central clearinghouse, but these sources may help.

  2. Colin Crowe says:

    Deven is correct, especially with regard to the BLS. But… I now work for a small firm (four attys and an office manager), and I’d wager that many operate as we do. No website, little or no advertising, little data available on the Internet at all. To get an accurate picture of small firms, I think a telephone survey based on Yellow Pages listings would yield more accurate results than anything else.

    Have some research assistants? Anyhow, good luck. Feel free to contact me; I’d be happy to complete a survey.