The American Lawyer’s article about the results of their annual law firm leader survey is definitely worth a read. Among the survey’s findings: nearly three-quarters of these leaders are expecting to increase their firms’ headcount in 2009. Another theme that emerges from the responses is that there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how firms are going to do next year. A significant minority believes that profits will be flat or may even decrease. There are also some interesting comments about associate attrition and business diversification.