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2010 CBA Economic Survey

The 2010 Colorado Bar Association Economic Survey

Final Report

Based on results from the 2010 CBA Economic Survey


During the summer of 2011, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) surveyed the legal community on the economics of law practice to determine the following:
  • Current demographics of practicing attorneys
  • Attorney personal income from law practice for 2010 by practice classification/pattern, gender, field of law, office location, work status, years in practice, and firm size (number of attorneys)
  • Associate, paralegal, and secretary 2010 compensation by years of experience and office location
  • Prevailing average 2010 hourly billing rates for associates by a variety of indicators, and paralegals by years of experience, firm size, and office location
  • Attorney time in 2010 allocated to billable and non-billable professional activities
  •  2010 overhead expenses associated with maintaining a private practice by office location and firm size
  • Other law office management practices.

This information has been consolidated into this report to help guide attorneys and administrators as they plan and manage their professional lives. Attorneys can compare themselves and their firms against “norms” established by the aggregation of survey data. Norms include office location, firm size, and years of practice. Moreover, attention is given to analysis of gender-specific factors regarding attorney income.

Click here to view the full 2010 report.

Click here to view the 2008 report