Technology, media and entertainment industries are among the fastest growing in Los Angeles—but the ancillary needs of those industries are triggering more growth. Specifically, in the legal space. According to a new report from CBRE, Los Angeles is ranked second in the nation for growth of its lawyer population. From 2015 to 2017, the sector expanded by 11.9%, above the national average of 3%, and second only to Atlanta, which has the fastest growing population of lawyers.

“Los Angeles is seeing substantial growth in the legal sector for a number of reasons. One of the biggest is closely related to the incredible growth in our tech, media and entertainment industries and all the ancillary businesses associated with that. It has also pushed our region’s legal segment to evolve from mostly traditional corporate lawyers into legal experts for start-ups and tech, media and entertainment companies,” Kevin Bender, EVP at CBRE, tells “Los Angeles continues to be a driver of top legal talent, which is a huge contributor to the expansion of legal services. Another reason is that for many years, law firms delayed hiring, but now they are catching up in lockstep with our strong economy and wanting to keep the talent here in Southern California to meet the demand.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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