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Conventional wisdom has it that mergers enhance profitability through increased revenues and reduced costs. However, the numbers contradict this view: post-merger revenues are lower relative to competitor firms than are the sum of the predecessor firms’ revenues, and costs per lawyer increase markedly.
The evidence is unambiguous: mergers increase profitability. The merged entities resulting from intra-Am Law 200 combinations climb an average of 23 places in the profit-per-equity-partner (PPP) rankings from the five-years before to the five years after the merger. Average compensation for all partners rises by a comparable amount — 18 places over the same time period.
By Steve Salkin
Creating an Environment Attractive to Diverse Lawyers Where They Can Rise to the Leadership Level
A roundtable discussion with four prominent leaders in law and recruiting who weigh in what firms are doing — and can do — to create environments that are attractive to diverse lawyers and enable them to rise to the leadership level.
By Mike Mellor
Nine ways you may be hindering your efforts to win new legal business, and a few ideas on how subtle improvements can maximize both success and overall win rates for firms and attorneys.
By Phillip Bantz
Assess your legal departments regularly to find and fix inefficient spending and work habits while also implementing new tech solutions now — before it’s too late.
By Robert M. Jason
This article provides a general introduction to social media influencers and discusses common tax issues arising on the income side of the equation. What is taxable income? What happens if the influencer’s compensation is paid in equity?