A sign of the economic times?

June 3, 2008
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Baker & Daniels announced Monday the firm has opened an office in downtown Chicago, citing the expansion as way to meet the growing needs of its Midwest clients. The seven attorneys who make up the new branch in the Windy City so far all come from the same mid-sized Chicago firm, Schuyler Roche. In fact, all except one attorney were either partners or shareholders at Schuyler Roche.

The question arises – did the Chicago attorneys jump ship, knowing their mid-sized firm may be hurt (or already is) by the slowing U.S. economy? When the economy slowed at the beginning of the decade, it was the mid-sized firms that felt it the most. Is it possible the Indiana legal community will start seeing similar patterns, with attorneys leaving mid-sized firms to join larger ones? Is it already happening? 
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