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Non-Practicing Lawyers and Law Firm Startup Teams

by Ron Friedmann and Clark Cordner, February, 2007

Presented at IQPC’s Law Firm Management Series conference, Law Firm Recruitment & Retention Strategies, February 2007 in NYC.  Clark Cordner is Director of Client & Practice Services, WilmerHale.

ABSTRACT: Over the last two decades, an increasing number of large law firms have hired non-practicing lawyers in management roles.  Sometimes these roles evolve organically, sometimes firms create “start-up teams.”  This presentation examines the role of non-practicing lawyers in large law firms and the dynamics of starting new internal or external service offerings.