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by Scott Raymond Maucere
Now it’s time for a little holiday fun.
The first installment of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s literature classic The Hobbit comes out this week. Confession: I’ve been imagining the release of this film since I first read the novel when I was 13. And in honor of this red-letter week, my blog post will be about The Hobbit.
And in addition to being a fan, since I’m a lawyer who drafts and litigates contracts and transnational agreements for a living, it’s only natural that I would involuntarily analyze what is perhaps the most famous legal agreement in all of modern literature: Bilbo Baggins’ contract with Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. Specifically, is that contract legally enforceable? Read More
While the largest law firms in the world have undeniable reach and the resources to support the largest of global companies, more often then not lately the sheer weight of their own trappings has caused them to implode upon themselves. This week marks the filing of bankruptcy of one of the largest “biglaw” firms in the US, NY’s Dewey & LeBouf. The New York Times’ very good article is here:
The takeaway? That more often than not the biggest doesn’t mean the best. The article cites trends that are seen across the biggest firms in the world: enormous size, extremely expensive legal talent, huge overhead. The elephant in the biglaw conference room that the article doesn’t mention is that these costs are directly passed on to the client. Expensive lawyers and offices mean your legal bills go up. They sell on size but not efficiency, perceived resources and image, but not service and relationships. Biglaw has their place, but unless you’re at the top of the Fortune 100 list, it may not be the place for you. When looking for a lawyer, ask yourself if the biggest firm and the highest rates is really the best place for you to rely on.