Posts By: Jordan Furlong

Losing the quality wars

Posted by & filed under Clients.

There are days when I feel optimistic that lawyers can rise to the challenges before us and take the lead in the new legal marketplace now emerging worldwide. And then there are days like today. Three data points for you. The first from a friend who sent along this item from the 2010 ACC/Serengeti Managing… Read more »

The new capitals of law

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Outsourcing, Talent.

A minor parlour game for BigLaw cognoscenti is the question of which city will be the next world capital of law. New York has held the unofficial title for many years, although London made a powerful case throughout the 2000s. Down the road, who knows? Maybe Hong Kong or Shanghai, possibly New Delhi or Mumbai;… Read more »

What I’ve said and where I’ll be

Posted by & filed under Law21.

Time for my regular roundup of what I’ve written in other locations recently, along with a quick itinerary of my upcoming speaking appearances. 1. I’ve been especially busy at Law Firm Web Strategy, the blog of Stem Legal, with three recent posts on social media: Sponsored stories: Facebook’s legal marketing breakthrough? considers a new advertising… Read more »

Law schools and the law of supply and demand

Posted by & filed under Competition, Law School.

If law schools were publicly traded companies and you held some in your portfolio, I would be strongly advising you to sell. Fast. Here’s a quick review of some recent news concerning the US legal education industry and the legal profession it is purportedly preparing its graduates to enter. As reported by the Wall Street… Read more »

Countdown: it’s time to enter the 2011 InnovAction Awards

Posted by & filed under Innovation.

Lawyers are supposedly averse to innovation. Apparently, someone forgot to inform these law firms and companies. Allen & Overy, whose FIG Global Compensation Tracker helps banks and hedge funds monitor compensation reform initiatives Campbell Law Group of Boulder, Colorado, which is developing a global distributed legal support infrastructure for social enterprises Choate Hall & Stewart… Read more »

Why do law firms exist?

Posted by & filed under Big Firms.

What is the point of a law firm? This is neither a rhetorical nor a snarky question. I’m interested in nailing down the economic rationale for a law firm’s existence. What benefits flow to both clients and lawyers from law firms? In what ways are the buyers and sellers of legal services better off because… Read more »

Legal Marketing Association Toronto Chapter’s Luncheon Seminar, Toronto, ON

Posted by & filed under Speaking Engagements.

I’m looking forward to addressing the Legal Marketing Association Toronto Chapter‘s Luncheon Seminar on June 23, 2011, at the Toronto Board of Trade. I’ll be speaking about the implications of the waves of change in the legal marketplace, with an emphasis on the Canadian market and the incursion of global law firms. Please note that… Read more »

A changing of the guard

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Innovation.

Legal historians might look back at the spring of 2011 and judge it the time when the old law firm model began to pass away and a new one began to take its place. Specifically, they might contrast last month’s dissolution of Washington-based global firm Howrey LLP with today’s announcement by 300-lawyer Irwin Mitchell LLP… Read more »

Post Categories