And I quote from today’s "BlawgReview
hosted by Douglas Sorocco of PHOSITA fame
("phosita" stands for "persons having ordinary skill in the art," which
in turn is part of the standard for granting or denying a patent—the
subject invention must be "nonobvious" to the hypothetical PHOSITA):

"I really feel bad about putting the Adam
Smith, Esq.
in the ‘terrorism-like’ section, but since I am a small firm kinda
guy, anything that has to do with the AmLaw 100 and especially about
the fact that “two tier” partnership firms have lower profits per
partner is automatically a “terrorism-like” subject. Sorry, Bruce!"

Hey, Doug, it’s OK:  I consider this a distinguished first for
"Adam Smith, Esq."

And it contains a seed of wisdom:   For
all the rigor, seriousness, and energy with which I pursue analyzing
the strategy and behavior of "BigLaw," it never hurts to be reminded
to bring your sense of humor to the table.

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