The answer? It’s Florida. The Sunshine State was the only site in the country to rank among the top 10 for all three categories, according to an annual list compiled by international legal recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles.
Heidrick & Struggles named Miami-Dade County one of the nation’s best places for international lawyers based on a survey of more than 1,000 job candidates and recruiters who are actively hiring lawyers with experience outside the U.S., including Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Florida ranked fifth overall in terms of its attractiveness because it offers many “attractive” cities that have experienced substantial growth in recent years, allowing law firms to compete for candidates from around the world. According to Heidrick & Struggles’ report, eight major metropolitan areas across Florida ranked at least within their state or metro region between first and third place when measured against other desirable markets nationwide: Orlando-Kissimmee (1), Sarasota (2), Tampa/St Petersburg/Clearwater (3), Jacksonville (4) South Miami Beach – Brickell Key Marina District (5), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach-Delray Beach(6).
Andrea Gomberg is managing editor at Law360