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There’s a paradox at the heart of the legal marketplace: Clients are taking work away from traditional outside counsel and yet premier law firm profitability is at an all-time high. The resolution lies in the number of equity partners. In the decade following the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis, while the number of in-house lawyers in the United States grew by 50%, the number of U.S.-based lawyers in the Am Law 100 was flat and the number of equity partners declined.
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By Joel Wirchin
The onus is on law firm leaders to balance risk and opportunity. How can firms guide through an increasingly perilous landscape rife with opposing hazards to start building the law firm of the future today?
By Anthony Davies
That the pace of change is “accelerating” is surely an understatement. What seemed almost a near certainty a year ago — that law firms would fully and permanently embrace work-from-home — is experiencing a seeming reversal. While many firms have, in fact, embraced hybrid operations, the meaning of hybrid has evolved from “office optional,” to an average required 2 days a week, to now many firms coming out with four-day work week mandates — this time, with teeth.
By J. Mark Santiago
This article maps out a system that would enable law firm management to implement a meaningful pay-for-performance system that drives positive associate performance and enhances the firm’s culture.
By Jonathan Weinberg
Law firms have traditionally been large consumers of contract labor for a variety of purposes. These workers are traditionally classified as independent contractors, issued a 1099 and treated as ineligible for employee benefits. In recent years, many states have started to adopt the “ABC” test to determine whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or an employee.