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...

EDD: Look Who’s Not Coming to Dinner

Electronic Data Discovery may, according to this piece, harbor a rich, hidden revenue and profit opportunity for firms—just bring the capability to perform EDD in-house. Would that it were so simple.  My instincts to reject grafting this foreign body into a...

“Knowledge Counsel Forum” Recap: One Man’s View

Thanks to the good folks at Baker Robbins & Co., I was able to guest-blog the Knowledge Counsel Forum here in New York this past Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29.  Rather than act as a virtual transcriber of the mountain of information presented, I will...

The Global 100 (2004) & US Dominance: What Up?

The Global 100 for 2004 is out, courtesy of our friends at The American Lawyer.  First, the chart of revenue by rank: This has what statisticians call "a long tail"—and this is only the top 100 firms, recall; imagine what it would look like for...

“Secondment” Should Not Be Greek To You

If you’re not familiar with "secondment," a British-derived military term for temporarily transferring someone from one regiment to another, the time is nigh.  In law-land, the context in which it matters is firms "loaning" partners or...

This and a Metrocard Will Get You on the Subway

Just in over the email transom is the following prognostication about the general health of law firms courtesy of Hildebrandt International: In our annual report for 2004, we forecasted a strong year for the legal profession. As we enter the fourth quarter, we...
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