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Career Center: State of the Market – Florida

Lateral Link Director Scott Hodes gives his assessment on one of the nation’s hottest lateral markets in recent years.

Florida has continued to represent one of the most active states in the country in terms of hiring. 2011 saw a resurgence of positions in almost all areas, which is good news for 2012 and beyond.

Litigation positions represented an overwhelmingly large portion of the lateral market, with corporate positions making up the next largest group of lateral opportunities….

Labor and employment, tax and, to the surprise of many, real estate, also had a solid year as opportunities in those practice areas saw a significant increase compared to 2009 and 2010 as well.

Those looking for intellectual property positions continue to have trouble in Florida, but opportunities popped up from time to time in bankruptcy, trusts and estates, and health care at a fairly good pace.

While the year started off slow, things picked up rapidly in the second and third quarters, and really did not slow down as the year drew to a close. 2012 is primed to be a big year for lateral hiring in Florida, as Miami, Tampa, and Orlando remain a great option for those looking for a good climate or seeking to return home.

In summary, Florida has re-emerged as a top lateral market, and if 2011 was any indication, there will be many opportunities in various areas of law for those looking to practice in the Sunshine State.

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