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Wishin’ and Hopin’ … and Sittin’ on Your Hands

What if you invented a better mousetrap, but the world didn’t beat a path to your door? What if you developed a promising new medicine for a troubling condition, but when the doctor prescribed it, the patient refused to take...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (September 25, 2015)

Handling the Stress of a Legal Career:What can you do – as a busy legal professional – to find some balance in your life and handle the stress that’s endemic to the profession? Here are four suggestions. (

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 18, 2015)

Start Listening to These 8 Legal Podcasts: With topics ranging from mindfulness to literature, it should be no surprise there are no shortage of legal podcasts to enjoy. Here are eight podcasts that I recommend you add...more

In India, Big 4 and Elite Law Firms in Direct Competition for Highly Lucrative Advisory Work

Lawyers may have a monopoly over the practice of law, but what exactly does the practice of law encompass? In most common law jurisdictions, the term is not even defined. And there's likely a self-interested reason why. ...more

What's driving the demographic gap between BigLaw leaders and their CEO/GC clients?

The illustration to the left was just published in The American Lawyer. It accompanied a story on how law firm leaders are significantly older than leaders in the large corporations they serve. See MP McQueen, The Generation...more

Fixing the Economics of Securities Class Action Defense: Nationwide Defense by Regional Firms

In my last D&O Discourse post, I discussed why changes to the securities litigation defense bar are inevitable: in a nutshell, the economic structures of the typical securities defense firms – mostly national law firms –...more


Words matter. I have chosen mine poorly. I am here to correct my ways. For the longest time, I have written critically of “BigLaw,” as if size itself was the problem. To be sure, most large law firms suffer from the problem,...more

The Perils of Income Smoothing

Perhaps you’ve been following the criminal trial of former leaders of disbanded law firm Dewey LeBoeuf LLP. The prosecution contends that these leaders purposely misled other stakeholders, including equity partners,...more

Big Law’s Future in a Borderless World

For the recent financing of a gas project in Russia, Latham & Watkins represented a joint venture for Russian, French, and Chinese partners. Our attorneys communicated with clients in their native tongues, discussing...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (July 3, 2015)

From Around the Web - She’s Not a Cop, But She’s Their CPO: Liz Lyons is truly in a league of her own. She’s the privacy officer of the Washington Police Department, and she made the job up. (The Privacy Advisor) ...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 29, 2015)

From Around the Web - The Absolute Worst Way to Run a Law School: What law school employed a president who quit after only eight days? Hope it wasn’t your school! (Above the Law)...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 13, 2014)

From Around the Web - What Does the 21st Century Legal Career Look Like: Our own Alison and Lee talk about the steps to creating an alternative legal career path and what students should be doing in law school to prepare...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 6, 2014)

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending March 6. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week. From Around the Web - What is Good Legal Writing? To find success as a lawyer, it’s critical to be...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 27, 2014)

From Around the Web - How Law School Prepared 3L Hali Ford to Compete on Survivor: 3L Hali Ford talks about her tough choice to compete on the show and how law school in San Francisco prepared her for this challenge of...more

7 Reasons Why Your Law Firm Has Not Yet Found the Right CMO

A number of law firm leaders have expressed concerns to me regarding what they perceive to be a lack of quality and qualified candidates for the most senior law firm marketing positions, such as chief marketing officer or...more

The Early Days of Legal Analytics

There is an interesting story in Forbes on Lex Machina, a legal start-up that provides analytics for use in patent litigation. See Dan Fisher, Stanford-Bred Startup Uses Moneyball Stats to Handicap Judges, Forbes, Feb. 2,...more

Is the Patent Litigation Boom Coming to an End?  [Video]

Feb. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- David Marcus, reporter for The Deal, talks with Lee Pacchia about how a recent sale of a patent portfolio could signal a slowdown in patent litigation work. Lee wonders if this spells a problem...more

Securities Litigation Economics: A Blast from the Past

Securities litigation headlines are dominated by mega-cases. But the majority of securities class actions are brought against smaller companies. And it appears that plaintiffs’ lawyers are filing an increasingly large number...more

Big Data? How About No Data?

There’s a joke that 50 percent of marketing is effective, we just don’t know which 50 percent. The joke is even more exaggerated at large law firms, which tend to overlook marketing and business-development metrics....more

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

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

BigLaw Recruiter: We Didn't Kill Dewey & LeBoeuf  [Video]

Jan. 21, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Jon Lindsey, partner at recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, talks with Lee Pacchia about the market for talent among the world's largest law firms. Asked why recruiters get blamed for the...more

Top Ten Reasons Why Midsize Law Firms are Struggling or Disappearing

Creating and sustaining a profitable midsize law firm is challenging, especially in 2015. With many firms shrinking, becoming unstable or simply dissolving, both clients and employees are pursuing stability. While there are...more

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

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

Press: Inflation Adjusted Numbers Show BigLaw Continuing to Struggle [Video]

Dec. 4, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Aric Press, Editor-in-Chief for ALM, talks with Lee Pacchia about his recent study on the financial performance of large law firms over the last several years. According to Press, BigLaw appears...more

Corcoran: Infighting on Compensation Costs BigLaw Time and Money [Video]

Nov. 14, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Tim Corcoran, president of the Legal Marketing Association and head of the Corcoran Consulting Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about some of the myths and bad practices he sees in law firm...more

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