You say the landscape for lawyers has changed dramatically in 25 years: Firms are marketing themselves more, partners from established firms have opened their own practices, corporations took a lot of business in-house and lawyers have became specialized. This has changed the nature of the relationship between lawyer and client. Is that good or bad?
It is what it is. I think that the marketplace has a way of sorting these things out. ... For most business litigation, and frankly, for most litigation generally, there’s a lot of pressure in terms of fees, because litigation is very, very expensive. So it is very common for us who do that kind of work to be budgeting throughout. ... I happen to think that’s a good thing. I think that’s what lawyers ought to be doing in all of their work, but it’s insisted on and rightly so by business clients.
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