Are Big Law Firms Really That Different?


Representing Large Clients

In an earlier LawBiz® Tip, I discussed how some of the largest national law firms have suggested to the ABA that their practice needs require a broader regulatory framework than that afforded by the rules of 50 different state bar association. These firms all have national and even international practices, and they called for calls for more flexible rules on dealing with potential conflicts of interest, limitations on liability and greater mobility across jurisdictions for their lawyers who mainly represent large clients.

The Emergence of Large National Law Firms

Certainly large national law firms offer their clients many resources and economies of scale that smaller firms can't. But these firms tend to forget that they began practice in a single city or small region before their growth took them to a national level. In fact, 50 years ago fewer than 40 law firms in this country had 50 or more lawyers. Often such law firms grew by following their corporate clients, which for decades have lived by the philosophy that bigger was better.

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