An Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove of Associate Pay?

Across the pond from New York our friend Alex Novarese, editor in chief of Legal Business, just published his commentary Associate pay smoke screen: it’s fooling no-one, which notes “the emergence over the last two years of suspiciously co-ordinated attempts by London...

Question of the Month

With this column we inaugurate a new and, we hope, long-running feature on Adam Smith, Esq.: A question of the month.  Questions will vary, widely we suspect, and we invite readers’ suggestions for suitable future questions.  We prefer them to be–and will...

Show Me the Money (??)

One of the things we do a lot of here—and seemingly more of in the past 24 months or so—is helping firms sort out, reform, amend, optimize, throw-away-and-start-fresh, their partnership compensation systems. And in every engagement of that sort, we try to keep two...

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...

Metrics That Might Matter #4: PPP

And now we come to the main event, the poisoned chalice bequeathed to us by Steven Brill. Let us proceed from the specific to the general, or if you prefer the structural to the symbolic. Are the reported numbers accurate? Silly question. We all know the answer to...

Planning & Strategy Season

As we enter strategy, planning, and retreat season in advance of 2017, a quick recap of some of the ways we help our clients that they consistently find most valuable. Strategy In today’s unforgiving marketplace, growing evidence points to the reality that firms...
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