Both of these states are mainly rural, though there are several large towns, incl. Mainz, Koblenz and Kaiserslautern. Rheinland-Pfalz is economically overshadowed by Baden-Württemberg so law firms here tend to be smaller and less specialized. Saarland has suffered from the decline of the coal and steel industries but is bouncing back with a number of high-tech companies; many firms here have growing IT practices.

Significant developments:

- Regional law firms such as Fromm emphasize their flexible working conditions and the opportunities of making partner in an effort to woo young talent away from the big cities.

- Dr. Caspers Mock & Partner lost one of its best known partners when insurance lawyer Arno Schubach moved to a boutique in Frankfurt.