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Allowability of Legal Costs

The next in our Infographics series walks through the allowability of costs for certain in-house legal services. It provides a quick guide to when a contractor’s legal costs may, and may not, be charged to the government....more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

by Hogan Lovells on

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

2015 Year in Review: Top Five Stories for In-house Counsel

by Sullivan & Worcester on

One of our priorities is tracking the big issues affecting in-house counsel, and since 2015 seems to be the year of the “Top __ List,” we thought it would be fun to jump on that bandwagon too. It’s helpful to understand your...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 181-Gar Hurst on Using Social Media Tools In Your Compliance Program [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Gar Hurst, a partner at Givens and Johnston, an import/export compliance firm. He and his firm have developed a SW app, which capitalizes on social media concepts to assist his clients in import...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 175-Debra Bruce on new methods for law firm funding and its implications [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Debra Bruce, Principle at Lawyer-Coach. She discusses the recent IPO of the English law firm Gately and alternative funding vehicles available to UK law firms. She explains how these new models...more

African Law Firms & Foreign Counterparts Navigate 'Tense' Relationship [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Mar. 11, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Steve Blundell, Managing Director at Redstone Consultants, talks with Lee Pacchia about how the market for law firms' services in Africa is growing due to the maturation of economies within the...more

MacEwen on BigLaw's 'Hollow Middle', Shaky Vereins & Dentons in China  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Feb. 18, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, consultant and publisher at Adam Smith, Esq., tells Lee Pacchia that BigLaw's "hollow middle" firms - those between 30 and 150 in the Am Law 200 - are going to need to forget...more

Dentons Dacheng Deal Done: Will BigLaw Follow Suit?  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at The Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently announced merger between Dentons and Dacheng, a 4,000 lawyer firm based in China. With 6,600...more

MacEwen: Law Firm M&A Demands 'Cultural Due Diligence'  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 14, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, president at Adam Smith, Esq., talks with Lee Pacchia about the concept of 'cultural due diligence' in law firm mergers and acquisitions. According to Bruce, clients don't care...more

Zimmermann: "Two Class" Partnership Culture Emerging in BigLaw [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Nov. 5, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about how current market forces are creating substantial differences in compensation between equity and non-equity...more

DLA Piper: Still in "Growth Mode", Seeking "Escape Velocity" [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Oct. 23, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Roger Meltzer, partner and incoming global co-chair for DLA Piper, talks with Lee Pacchia about how his firm has grown to one of the world's largest BigLaw brands in just under ten years....more

Bingham McCutchen Reaches Out For BigLaw Merger Partners [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

July 22, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Casey Sullivan, reporter at Reuters, talks with Lee Pacchia about Bingham McCutchen's recent efforts to merge with another large law firm. According to Sullivan, the Boston based firm has made...more

Dentons Global Chair Eyes Growth Through Law Firm Mergers  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

June 27, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Joseph Andrew, Global Chair at Dentons, talks with Lee Pacchia about his firm's decision to stop reporting Profits Per Equity Partner to media organizations tracking and ranking the financial...more

Looking at the Winners: How BigLaw Firms Can Grow in 2014  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

June 27, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the drivers of success in many law firms that are thriving in a challenging market, including traditional...more

Decision Time: Patton Boggs Partners Mull Merger With Squire Sanders  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

May 21, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Beleaguered after years of carrying too many lawyers and not enough work, law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs has tried and failed several times to merge with another law firm. Casey Sullivan, law...more

Not Dead Yet? How BigLaw's Best Firms Are Finding Growth  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Apr. 2, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant to law firms for The Zeughauser Group, tells Lee Pacchia that despite years of negative press heralding the end of BigLaw's best years, there are tangible signs of...more

BigLaw Bonus Season: Treading Water is a 'Victory'  [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg Law) -- David Lat and Elie Mystal from Above the Law talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about 2013 bonuses for lawyers at Cravath and Skadden, as well as some recent and noteworthy breakdowns in merger...more

Is The Attorney-Client Privilege An Asset?

by Allen Matkins on

Suppose that a corporation decides to sell all of its assets. Do all assets include the attorney-client privilege? In considering this question, I think it is useful to distinguish between the documents or other media that...more

'All' Means All: The Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate Mergers in Delaware

by Reed Smith on

On November 15, 2013, in an opinion by Chancellor Strine, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that, under Delaware law, following a corporate merger, the attorney-client privilege passes to the surviving corporation unless...more

Zimmermann: Rumored BigLaw Mergers Are Blockbusters  [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about two potential BigLaw mergers. Recent reports have indicated that Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is...more

Why Should an Investor or Business Conduct an Asset Search

by Edward Amaral on

If used properly and if conducted by a reputable asset search company, asset searches can be used as a valuable pre-investment tool for an investor, partnership, joint venture or other business entity before entering into a...more

Axiom Law: BigLaw's Friend or Enemy?  [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

July 18 (Bloomberg Law) -- Axiom Law -- which has 1,000 employees in 11 offices -- isn't a legal process outsourcer, claims its founder and CEO Mark Harris. But it's also not a law firm, he says. Yet it's been solely...more

Ex-Kirkland Partner: Rainmakers Are Paid Too Much [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

May 30 (Bloomberg Law) -- The spread between the highest- and lowest-paid equity partners at the nation's biggest firms has grown too large, according to Steven J. Harper, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University...more

Zimmermann: Up to 20% of AmLaw 200 "Badly Weakened"  [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

April 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- A substantial percentage of the nation's largest law firms enter the sixth year of the Great Recession "badly weakened," and more firms are expected to fail, according to law firm consultant Kent...more

Consultant: BigLaw Growth is NOT Dead! [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

March 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Despite the challenges facing law firms, professional services consultant John Grimley is optimistic on the prospects for law firm growth. "I'm bullish about the law because law firms in the future...more

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