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Survey: More Than Four In 10 Lawyers Expect Their Law Firms To Increase Marketing Spend In 2017

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- They may not have put out ads for the big game, but many law firms intend to make more of a splash this year. Nearly half (45 percent) of lawyers interviewed by Robert Half Legal anticipate their firms will boost marketing spending in the months ahead. Only 1 percent said marketing budgets would decrease.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing and consulting solutions firm specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on 175 telephone interviews with lawyers among the largest law firms in the United States and Canada.

Lawyers were asked, "Does your law firm plan to increase or decrease its spending on marketing its services in the coming year?" Their responses:

Increase significantly


Increase somewhat


Neither increase nor decrease


Decrease somewhat


Decrease significantly


Not applicable/does not use marketing services


Don't know




"In an increasingly competitive environment for legal services, law firms are making a bigger effort to differentiate themselves," said Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal. "Managing partners are hiring marketing specialists and consultants to help distinguish their firm's brand and broaden its exposure to potential clients."

Volkert noted that some of the marketing strategies being implemented by law firms include expanding digital advertising, enhancing social media efforts and redesigning websites to improve their online presence.

"Law firms are placing greater emphasis on providing client-focused web content to showcase their practice area expertise, such as blogs, videos and podcasts," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service for interactive design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. "There's high demand for web and mobile designers, content strategists and brand managers who can use the latest technologies to help firms deliver enhanced customer experiences via digital channels."

About Robert Half Legal

Robert Half Legal is the premier provider of legal staffing and consulting solutions for law firms and corporate legal departments. With North American and global locations, Robert Half Legal provides a customized approach, including managed review, legal project management and eDiscovery services, to help organizations handle constantly changing workloads. The company offers in-demand expertise across practice areas as well as highly skilled legal professionals on a temporary, project and full-time basis. More information about our full suite of legal staffing and consulting solutions can be found at For career and management advice, follow our Legal Blog at


SOURCE Robert Half Legal

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