Piper Rudnick/DLA Round 2

More on the Piper Rudnick/DLA deal again courtesy of The Financial Times.  Nigel Knowles, managing partner of DLA, tosses out the unnecessary comment that "Piper Rudnick’s reasons [for the deal] may be slightly more defensive, while ours may be...

A Sensible Merger: Say What?!

So it’s official:  DLA is merging with Piper Rudnick (which has already, more or less, merged with Gray-Cary).  The resulting firm, whose name will not long remain "DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary," will be the second largest globally by revenue,...

“Unsustainable Trends Tend to Come to an End”

The American Lawyer is out with its annual survey of AmLaw 200 leaders and they are, as Aric Press succinctly puts it, "a confident bunch."  And why shouldn’t they be?  The heck with 9/11 and the heck with the 2000 bubble melt-down:  88%...

The Ineffability of “Best Practices”?

Rees Morrison, a longstanding observer of all matters law and business, opines that vis-a-vis in-house law departments, at least, there is no such thing as management by following "best practices," because they simply do not exist. To buttress his thesis, he...

Be Careful What You Wish For

What enterprise software market is growing 15%/year and is expected, if anything, to accelerate in the next few years?  If you answered, "Sarbox compliance app’s," guess again:  They grew far more than 15% in the last couple of years but...

Your Managing Partner vs. Your Executive Director

It has long seemed to me that the corporate-land debate over whether the CEO and the Chairman should be one person or two mirrors the law-land debate over the relationship between the Executive Director (or equivalent) and the Managing Partner.  On the premise...
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