Law: Washington: Legal Gold

"This place," said a lawyer, "is Sutter's Mill revisited." The place is Washington, where about 20,000 attorneys ply their trade; half are Government employees, the rest are general practitioners or private attorneys specializing in governmental relations. It is the latter group that gives the capital a kinship with the place where the California gold rush began in 1848. Established firms like Covington & Burling, with 185 attorneys, continue to grow at a brisk pace; new firms and branches of out-of-town firms are sprouting almost as fast, largely because of ever proliferating Government regulations. In the past three months alone, more than...

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