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Opens an office in Edison, New Jersey. > 2001: Opens its first California office. ™ F I R M S Who Am I? Insiders say that Piper is currently experiencing something of an “identity crisis” after the merger. Piper’s previously midsize mentality is shifting into a large-size attitude. Certain procedures such as billable hours are stricter, but many Piper attorneys stress that some of the benefits of a smaller firm culture still carry over from previous days. T H E Insider Scoop On My Own. Piper partners are described as approachable individuals who offer their associates plenty of respect—and independence.

From 2000 to 2001, the firm had a 26 percent increase in gross revenue and a 30 percent increase in net income. And layoffs? What layoffs? The firm continues to grow its life-sciences practice and recently opened offices in Madison, Wisconsin, and suburban Maryland. The firm is also currently active in antitrust and trade regulation, securities litigation, intellectual properties litigation, and real estate law. Heller Ehrman expects that the 2003 and 2004 summer associate classes will remain at about the same size as recent years.

One insider says, “This firm tends to train people by having them do things. ” 46 Opportunities for Law Students Summer associate groups are projected to be smaller than in previous years. The New York office reduced its summer class from 28 in 2001 to 19 in 2002. The Chicago office, the firm’s largest, went from a group of approximately 60 summer associates in 2001 to around 40 in 2002. Most summer associates are offered permanent positions after their term. Getting in is the difficulty, as competition is fierce.

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