Five arguments against legal departments using non-lawyers for significant tasks, with counter-arguments

Here are five points that traditionalists might advance against reliance on employees without law degrees for important undertakings. They come from a recent presentation. "Attorneys are ultimately responsible" - but this argument, carried to an extreme, would have only lawyers doing everything...

“People just like us”

A managing partner of a reputable and reasonably successful midsize law firm recently told me, "We look for partners who are just like us, who we know will fit in." This is not the first time that my colleagues and I have heard about this "unwritten trump card," as a senior partner...

What every lawyer needs to know about project management, Part 1 of 5

This five-part series is an expanded version of an article I published last week on AmericanLawyer.com entitled "Teaching Lawyers How to Manage: Can It Improve the Bottom Line?" When I interviewed AmLaw 100 chairmen, senior partners and C-level executives for a recent survey of alternative...

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...