• The Death of the Law Firm Partnership Vote?

    April 01, 2018 |

    With an Eye on Efficiency, Firms Are Ditching Old Methods for a More Corporate Form of Governance

    A growing number of firms in the United States and the United Kingdom are eschewing historical partnership norms in favor of more centralized management, and with that comes fewer and fewer partnership votes.

  • Finally Finishing Unfinished Business?

    April 01, 2018 |

    How the Recent Heller Ehrman Case Impacts Lawyer Mobility and Clients Choice of Counsel

    The law of unfinished business, as applied to cases billed on an hourly basis, has been the subject of much commentary and case law. In Heller Ehrman, the high California court, like the New York Court of Appeals, found that a dissolved law firm did not have a property interest in hourly matters for work performed after dissolution. The case is worth exploring as it impacts, among other things, lawyer mobility and clients choice of counsel.

  • The Topography of a Strong Attorney Biography

    April 01, 2018 |

    Part One of a Two-Part Article

    Attorneys are generally not great salespeople (caveat: some are great salespeople, aka rainmakers) and they are often introverts. While lawyers may like to speak about themselves, many are not effective in how to speak about themselves and their work in a way that is appealing to clients.

  • Hiring Practices and the FCPA

    April 01, 2018 |

    While laws such as the FCPA do not necessarily prohibit hiring individuals with criminal records or bad credit records or who are former government officials, they do require employers to identify these individuals and assess whether their hire would pose a threat, violate the laws outright or impose an administratively difficult burden due to the need to monitor their activities.

  • The Relationship Between Leadership and Management in More Successful Law Firms

    March 01, 2018 |

    Financial stability within a law firm practice does not guarantee harmony within the partnership itself — far from it. Law firm management that does not acknowledge or reflect the importance of firm leadership and the contributions and needs of its members endangers a firm's cohesiveness and its very existence, no matter how many clients come through the front door.

  • 2017 Roundup: Equity vs. Non-Equity Membership

    January 01, 2018 |

    Last Year Saw a Number of Interesting Decisions Concerning the Identity, Rights and Obligations of Non-Equity Owners, Including Partners and Shareholders

    2017 saw a number of interesting decisions concerning the identity, rights and obligations of non-equity owners, including partners and shareholders. As more firms utilize non-equity members to play vital roles within their firms, it will become more important for them to take note of these decisions and the guidance they provide.