Lawyers, Economists, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Stories that provide real-world confirmation of our core beliefs are all but irresistible—even if fundamentally intellectually unchallenging.  Two of my core beliefs about analyzing policies at the intersection of law and economics are: a "static"...

“We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Strategy”

Rare is the law firm that goes through the hard, nay soul-searching, work of developing a strategic plan.  The good news is that for the huge majority of firms none is needed:  They’re small, local shops; or they pursue the specialties and interests of...

The Dynamics of Conflicts

"Wanted:  Law Firm to Sue the UK’s Big Five Banks" is the headline of this piece at The Lawyer.  They report that, per their "research," 26 of the top 30 UK firms in the "Lawyer 100" are conflicted out of acting against...

Headhunting Your Next Managing Partner?

A contested election for managing partner?!  If your reaction is quelle horreur, perhaps you should think of taking a page from corporate-land and imagining not only that the race for the top spot might be competitive, but imagining that an outsider with a track...

The CIO/CFO Lingua Franca

"Finance is the language of business decisions."  True, or merely the imperialistic mindset of the MBA at work?  Agree or disagree, without some common language, decisions will not be made, and finance is at least a language tied to relatively...

We’re Merging Because We Can

"You ain’t seen nothing yet?"  That’s our instinctive reaction to the news over the weekend that Boston’s Ropes & Gray may be about to acquire the venerable New York IP shop, Fish & Neave.  Fish & Neave would be only...
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