Size Matters Not So Much

This is a guest column by a very good friend of Adam Smith, Esq., Richard Rapp, who was President and CEO of NERA Economic Consulting for 18 years (1988-2005), during which time the firm grew to global scale.  Richard now co-heads Veltro Advisors, a law firm...

The Georgetown/Thomson-Reuters 2017 Report

From the foregoing analyses, it is apparent that the financial performance of law firms over the past 10 years has been driven by only one factor: rate increases. As we have seen, demand gowth for law firm services has been essentially flat, productivity has been...

Time Capsule

In connection with an ongoing research/whitepaper project, further about which affiant sayeth not, I had occasion to look at the Original AmLaw 50 from 1985. Here are the first three columns: Rank, firm, and gross revenue: Aside from the historic time warp we...

Globalization Forever?

Along with Brexit and the apparently unsinkable Trump, another surprise has been brewing on the world stage and I hope you’ve noticed. Globalization—measured by the most fundamental and reliable metric, crossborder trade volume—has ended its ever upward...

Metrics That Might Matter #2: RPL

Spoiler alert: If you’re looking for a hard-hitting expose of everything that’s wrong with RPL, look elsewhere. I’m on record as saying that RPL is the most telling metric we have, and I stand by that with permission to amend, or permission to put...

Metrics That Might Matter #1: Against Revenue

This is the first part in a series I will audaciously and perhaps misguidedly and at the risk of over-promising call “Metrics that might matter.” It’s prompted, as many new creative efforts in human life, by frustration with the status quo. Our...
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