A General Counsel for the Counsellors?

Does a law firm need a General Counsel?  While the notion of piling lawyers on top of lawyers may seem counterintuitive, let’s step back and play one of my favorite thought experiments:  What (if anything) in the nature of a law firm as a business...

What if the AmLaw 100 Were Managed Like the Fortune 100?

Can we all agree that "leadership" is an indispensable ingredient that can separate the truly exceptional firms from the wannabes?  Yes, thank you.  Now, can we define "leadership?"  I for one cannot, but I usually turn to my...

A Sexy Lateral on the Prowl?

Heard rumors that a practice group or a specific lateral partner at a competitor is sniffing the wind with thoughts of moving?  Does it sound like an opportunity to pick up some expertise or strengthen a franchise? According to Gerald Roche, the uber-recruiter...

What if “None of the Above” Had Teeth?

After all the Sturm und Drang surrounding implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley, how "reformed" are corporate boards?  According to Ira Millstein, not very. How could this be?  Chalk up another one to human nature:  "My impression is that...

All CIO’s All the Time

What is the proper role of a CIO in a law firm (or in a large corporation)?  Too often, the answer is painfully unclear, and it reflects the "can’t live with it, can’t live without it" attitude many non-geeks have towards technology. ...

Strategy 101

If life is coming back into the economy, and if, in John Maynard Keynes’ famous phrase, the "animal spirits" of capitalism are about to be unleashed anew, the rising tide might promise to lift all boats. But according to this Strategy 101 article, the...
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