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How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:06 am
by vtoodler
I know that it varies, but on average, how many cases does the average lawyer handle per year. I know that public defenders handle about 500 per year.

What about other attorneys? What is their average?

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:21 am
by 270910
Most attorneys don't handle any cases :shock:

Not meaning to be sarcastic, but seriously - litigators often handle very few at big firms (think 1-2 per year) although it varies based on the kind of practice and where the attorney fits in. Transactional attorneys of all flavors will basically never see court or 'handle a case' in a traditional sense. In terms of how many clients they have or how the work is split up, I have far too little info to respond coherently.

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:38 am
by nealric
I met an attorney who had started working on a case as a summer associate. The case finally wen to trial when he was up for partner 8 years later.


Really, there is no typical.

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:23 pm
by SteelReserve
Correct--if you want trial court action, the only career path that will guarantee you that is criminal work.

Personal injury attorneys and insurance defense attorneys still go to trial, but it is something like less than 5% of their total cases and even then the trials take much longer to come to fruition than a criminal case.

Transactional/biglawyers/etc don't go to trial by any real measure. One partner I know who is well into his 40s has done two trials in his lifetime.

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:10 am
by vtoodler
Well, does anyone have any idea as to how many clients they work with in a year?

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:20 pm
by nealric
Well, does anyone have any idea as to how many clients they work with in a year?


Anywhere from hundreds a year to a handful in their entire career.

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:27 pm
by Anonymous User
I work in criminal defense. A firm of seven lawyers has hundreds of cases at one time. Granted, most don't require any immediate action, but, everyday, there are at least three attorneys going to court (which is very different than trial), and trials happen a dozen times a year (big ones once or twice a year).

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:32 pm
by reasonable_man
What the hell is the point of this question? All lawyers "handle" 23.5 cases per year each. Irrespective of practice, location or specialty. Happy?

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:17 am
by vtoodler
Thanks for the responses everyone. I asked this question to get a better sense of what it's like to be a lawyer and what their jobs entail.

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:25 am
by kellyfrost
OP raises an interesting question, which, at first blush, is difficult to answer. Can you answer this?

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:27 pm
by ballouttacontrol
I probably average 100

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:42 pm
by jkpolk
I average "handling" <10 a year and maybe 3 or 4 of those cross the finish line

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:55 pm
by Borhas
I average 430

weird thread to bump

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:17 pm
by ballouttacontrol
Borhas wrote:I average 430

weird thread to bump


8 new cases a week damn are you a PD or some shit

Re: How many cases does the typical lawyer handle yearly

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:21 pm
by Borhas
yes, but the average is misleading

when I had misdemeanors it was close to 800/year but it is much more reasonable now probably like 150/year