In-house lawyers admit some resistance to alternative fee arrangements, but blast law firms, perhaps unfairly

In-house lawyers admit some resistance to alternative fee arrangements, but blast law firms, perhaps unfairly

A survey of corporate lawyers conducted by Serengetti asked them to scale their own resistance to alternative fee arrangements (AFA) and their perception of law firm resistance to AFAs. On the scale given, a 1 means "no resistance"; a 3 presumably means moderate resistance; and a 5 a "great deal of resistance."

The corporate lawyers overall gave themselves a 1.7, indicating relatively little resistance. But they clobbered law firms: 3.2. As I might phrase it, "We are open to AFAs, you partners are Luddite refusniks!" This finding, embellished a tad by me, comes from the ACC Docket, April 2010 at 12, which offers no additional explanation.

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