The Client Seat (Coda #2)

Over a year ago, I thought I had put “The Client Seat” series here on Adam Smith, Esq., to bed. But many are the mysterious ways of law firms, and I learned this week I need to report a Coda #2. I have now learned I should never rule out a potential future...

Happy Thanksgiving

A Macy’s Parade balloon gets ready for its big annual moment–this all happens about a mile from the offices of Adam Smith, Esq.: Courtesy The New York Times....

Ward Bower: 1947–2016

Word came this weekend that my friend and one of Adam Smith, Esq.’s closest long-time partners in the surprisingly small world we inhabit had died a few days ago of a sudden heart attack; Ward was 69. I can’t even remember the first time I met Ward, as it...

Welcome to the Refreshed Adam Smith, Esq.

The observant and—one can hope—the unobservant alike among you will note an updated look here at AdamSmithEsq.com. We readily admit this “refresh” means more to us than it means to you, and we’re fine with that.  Indulge us a moment. A few of the...

A Brief Interlude on Language

In the midst of our series on Jim Collins’s How the Mighty Fall, it occurs to me it might be valuable to pause and talk for a moment about language. Partly this is prompted by a bit of self-consciousness on my part, that the true value of Collins’s five...