Your Managing Partner vs. Your Executive Director

It has long seemed to me that the corporate-land debate over whether the CEO and the Chairman should be one person or two mirrors the law-land debate over the relationship between the Executive Director (or equivalent) and the Managing Partner.  On the premise...

The Past 50 Years in a Nutshell

"The Industrialization of the Law Firm" is the ambitious, but fair, title of a piece by A. Harrison Barnes, Esq., founder of BCG Search.  His conclusion?:  "Today’s law firm environment is, in a sense, now being controlled by Adam...

The AmLaw Associate Satisfaction Survey: Data or Inkblot?

The American Lawyer‘s annual associates satisfaction survey is here (full version) and here (summary ranking), and I’ll have some deeper analysis coming up.  But for now, my initial reaction as an armchair statistician and amateur student of market...

Equilibrium in Partner Compensation?

Getting partner compensation "right" is an issue I have, and will continue to, recur to.  Why?  Essentially because I believe that the two extreme models (the strict lockstep and the strict "eat what you kill") each works in only the...

Elect Your Managing Partner? Not so Fast.

One of the themes I recur to here is the indispensable role of leadership, and the ineffability of what makes a great leader.  Occasionally a leader will simply "emerge" as the breathtakingly obvious choice, a sort of leader by acclamation (although...

“There is No Place for the Computer in the Home”

Although this Hildebrandt article dates back to 2000, its premise that law firms of the future will migrate to the model of having full-fledged CEO’s as business leaders strikes me as visionary then and almost palpably the direction in which the world is headed...
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