A Conversation with Mark Harris of Axiom

Not long ago, in their Soho offices, I had a chance to sit down with Mark Harris, CEO and Founder of Axiom, and a JD/BA grad of the University of Texas and former Ninth Circuit clerk and Davis Polk associate. To say that Mark has “views” on the state of...

Dewey II

The reaction to my last column on the developments at Dewey has been as strong as to any piece I can remember writing in the near-decade Adam Smith, Esq. has been around.   But for those of you who may be feeling overdosed on Dewey coverage, events are not letting the...

Allen & Overy’s Annual Review: Compared to Yours?

From Allen & Overy’s 2011 Annual Review, which I happened to pick up in a visit to one of their offices last week, come some thoughtful essays you wouldn’t expect to find were it the usual firm’s “higher, faster, bigger, stronger, better,...

How Do Law Firms Score on the “10X Revenue Club” Metrics?

Legion are the topics lawyers don’t talk about, and they could perhaps be accurately summarized as “anything we’d prefer not to talk about,” but primary among them is the strength or weakness of their own firms’ business models. So...

“Wait and [Never] See”

Last week I wrote about innovation and how the early adopters can gain sustainable competitive advantage. This week is something of a follow-on, albeit one motivated more by recent personal events than frankly by brilliant editorial planning in advance. The variation...

God is in the Details

Alex Novarese, Editor in Chief of LegalWeek, has a smart column this week called “Rugged Individualism–a year of firm-specific achievement in the US.” Here are the highlights: Average revenue growth of the AmLaw 100 for 2010, as we’ve seen...
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