Question of the Month #2: Report & Commentary

This column is by Janet Stanton, Partner, Adam Smith, Esq. The second Question of the Month was: “Does the partnership form remain the optimal structure for law firms?” This resulted from our musing a couple of years ago, “Would any corporation reorganize...

Commencement Speech by John Roberts

Unknown to me was that Chief Justice John Roberts’ son has been attending, and just graduated (9th grade) from Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire.  Dad delivered the commencement address. An excerpt: Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish...

Succession Planning 101

Coming to the fore more prominently these days across a large portion of firms we work with and the industry overall is the issue of succession planning. It comes up in one or both of two contexts, (a) transitioning key client relationships from incumbent partners to...

GE vs Amazon Take 2

A brief follow-on to the earlier column on Amazon, GE, and Whole Foods. The typically worthwhile Greg Ip, writing in The Wall Street Journal on “The Economy Needs Amazons, but it Mostly Has GEs“, gives us the following chart: The point? For 20+ years,...

Lessons from Amazon/Whole Foods

Jeff Immelt’s stepping down as head of GE after 16 years was the odds-on favorite to be the big business story of the week until of course the Amazon/Whole Foods acquisition sucked all the oxygen out of the building. Any lessons in here for Law Land? Bear with...
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