2004 in Review and a Wild Card for 2005

Hildebrandt and The Law Firm Group of the Citigroup Private Bank, with help from Baker-Robbins, are out with their 2004 year-in-review together with some prognostications for 2005.  The New York Times, in its wisdom, headlined the story, "Partnerships More...

How Profitable Is Our Group? Who Cares!

Now that we all have religion about organizing firms by practice groups (well, most of us, anyway), the next logical question is, to paraphrase Ed Koch, "How are we doin’?"  In other words, which practice groups are the strong economic engines...

The Blawgosphere as Distributed Intelligence

A fellow new to me, one Bruce Marcus (a self-described former Upper West Sider, I hasten to add, as well as someone with an enviable first name), alerted me to a post of his about the impact of legal blogs: "Aside from political blogs, few areas have produced...

Law Firm Management, 1984–2004

One of the most promising and optimistic pieces I’ve read in awhile comes courtesy of John Smock, co-founder of Smock Sterling Strategic Management Consultants outside Chicago.  Essentially a look-back at his twenty years of experience being a strategic...

Collaborate Or Die

Building a genuinely trusting, collaborative, integrated culture—where one does not exist—is among the tallest of orders that a firm can face.  Since control over clients is such a key source of power, client-hogging and the individualistic behavior...

You Can Never Be Too Thin, Too Rich, or Too Well-Educated

If you believe that the merger wave is far from cresting and that the future promises a landscape of perhaps two or three dozen truly international mega-firms with revenues north of  $1-billion/year—but you’re currently at less than half that...
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