DetailsAll year we reported on the hiring freezes, the pay cuts and the layoffs at Missouri law firms. So, you’d expect our fifth annual Missouri Lawyers Weekly MOney 20 financial review of Missouri law firms to chronicle 2009 as the year of recession and retrenchment, of turmoil and tightened belts, of Sturm und Drang. But of doom and gloom it was not. Not by a stretch, and not by the numbers. For law firms, 2009 was the year of flat and happy.