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Category: Joining Another Law Firm

Mar 22, 2011

Considering Merging or Joining Another Law Firm: What Should I Look For?


I am a solo practioner in Southern Missouri. I have been in practice for 20 years. I have a very successful practice with an excellent client base. I have three paralegals that I am able to keep busy. I have recently been thinking about whether I should consider joining another law firm. What should I be thinking about and what should I be looking for?


I believe that the key question is – can a law firm offer its lawyers a measure of value independent of the skills, talents, and contributions of its partners? The answer can only be answered by recalling the advantages that the best law firms have over sole practitioners or groups of lawyers who share overhead and nothing more. These advantages include the following:

Just because a law firm holds itself out to be a firm does not mean that the advantages listed above exist in that specific law firm. If not – you might be better off staying solo.

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John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

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