The Introduction to “Tomorrowland”

Many readers will know that this past spring I published my third book, Tomorrowland: Scenarios for law firms beyond the horizon. With the author’s permission, I reproduce here the Introduction to Tomorrowland.  I hope you might find it of interest. The future...

Tenerife

Forty years ago last March what remains the greatest disaster in aviation history occurred at Tenerife in the Canary Islands.  Human error was the primary cause. 583 people were killed (61 survived, or a 90% fatality rate) when two Boeing 747s – one belonging to...

Litigation Boutiques Have Issues, Too

Over the past year or two, we’ve been working with what struck us as a high number of litigation boutiques, and we decided to pause and gather our thoughts for, we can always hope, the benefit of a wider audience. Semantics first:  By “litigation boutique,” if it’s...

Do Open Legal Markets Spur Innovation?

The following article is reprinted by kind permission of Thomson Reuters, where it first appeared in their Forum magazine. It was written by Antonio Leal Holguin, Director, Adam Smith, Esq. The Colombian case. Twenty years ago, Colombian lawyers were still artisans....

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 #5: De-equitizing Partners?

We intend October’s “Question of the Month” to squarely address an issue laden with financial and emotional repercussions.  But we have surpassing confidence that Adam Smith, Esq.’s intrepid readers are up to it. Without further ado, then: De-equitizing partners:...
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