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Law Firms Need to Look At Partnership Behaviors to Manage Profitability

In the decade ahead, the mechanism for offsetting the effects of external market forces on profitability will shift from changing partnership composition to transforming a partnership’s behavioral norms, centering on how partners behave toward each other and help each other become the best possible version of their professional selves.


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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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