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Power Players: Tougher Track

The verdict is in: It’s gotten harder to make partner. Law-firm promotions dropped—or at best stagnated—in 2009, and for the most part the trend continues. Here’s a look at the 2010 partner-class sizes for some of the largest and highest-earning law offices in Washington.

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Hogan & Hartson:Seven new partners in Washington, up from two in 2009.

Latham & Watkins:Six, up from one last year.

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Arnold & Porter:One in 2010 compared with four in 2009. However, the firm promoted one lawyer in its Northern Virginia office, where it had no promotions in 2009.

Crowell & Moring:Four, down from six.

Howrey:One, down from two.

Steptoe & Johnson:None, compared with one last year.

WilmerHale:Three, down from four.

This year’s partner classes at Williams & Connolly and Akin Gump remained the same as last year, with six new partners at Williams & Connolly, two at Akin.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She was previously a reporter for Legal Times and the National Law Journal. She has recently written about the Marriott family’s civil war and the 50-year rebirth of 14th Street, and reported the definitive oral history of the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case. She lives in Northeast DC with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.