Is the big firm salary model broken? That’s the topic addressed by Michelle Lore in the Minnesota Lawyer. Associate pay is only one of many areas of cuts in expenses that law firms are reviewing. In our Managing Partners Roundtable, just yesterday, large law firm managing partners said that they are now "lean." They have cut all the "fat" or excess expenses they can, some of which have become evident in 2009 and others which will show up first in 2010 results.
What will the law firm model of 2010 look like? Or will law firms ignore the lessons of 2007-2008 and seek to go back to "normal" as the economy turns around? "Head in the sand" approach usually doesn’t work for long term success.