When does what a "retained" recruiter do for you cross over from head-hunting
to quasi-management consulting?  (Think:  Acquiring a practice
group or moving into a new city.)

And what about the trend towards more and more professionalization of
firm management?

“With respect to the law firm trend of hiring COOs, I consider that an unequivocally positive development. COOs are driven by accomplishing strategic goals. They’re not trying to manage a full-time law practice.”

And should these COOs be lawyers by training? “Many times a lawyer who has practiced but is now managing is the absolute best person to professionalize the management because they understand the business so well.”
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