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Google's Mobilegeddon hurts law firms, Texas best, New York and Florida worst

Staff writer | reviewed mobile readiness across its database of over 100,000 U.S. law firm websites. found 46% of small firm websites and 39% of all firm websites failed Google's mobile friendly test.

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Industry leaders including Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps also failed the tests.

Google indicates that 72% of mobile users want sites to be mobile-friendly when visiting from their mobile device.
Google's massive algorithm update, which may be Google's most significant to date, requires a mobile responsive design for preferred access to mobile visitors. Sites failing Google's tests will receive significantly less mobile visitors, now the bulk of U.S Internet traffic.'s survey highlights the risks for firms of all sizes that have not kept up with Google's search practices and mobile-friendly design requirements. Mobile web traffic surpassed PC traffic for the first time in 2014 and the number of Internet-ready mobile devices now exceeds 7 billion; more than one per person on the planet.

Google indicates that 72% of mobile users want sites to be mobile-friendly when visiting from their mobile device. Furthermore, 61% of users said they are likely to leave if the site is not mobile-friendly. found 46% of solo firms failed Google's requirements after running each respective site through Google's own mobile-friendly test platform. Other larger firms fared better than their solo counterparts with a 33% failure rate.

Websites for Texas-based law firms passed Google's tests 68% of the time compared to only 65% for California-based law firms and 61% for both New York and Florida-based firms. Male owned solo firms passed slightly more often than female owned solo firms with rates of 60% and 58%, respectively.

Websites of solo lawyers 50 years or older had a 54% pass rate while sites of younger solo lawyers reached 55%.

Personal Injury law firms had the highest pass rate of all major practice areas (67%), while Real Estate firms had a low pass rate at only 57%. Patent law firms, which often have tech savvy partners, surprisingly had a low pass rate of just 44%.

Home pages of three of the top-five grossing law firms in the U.S. failed Google's mobile-friendly test; Latham & Watkins, Skadden Arps, and Clifford Chance all have websites that can expect organic search traffic declines until adding responsive design elements. Google has indicated that drops in traffic will not be reflected immediately and may take over a week for indexing to occur.

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