Thursday, September 29, 2005
Law firms are getting larger, but law firm names are getting shorter. For example, my friend Jonathan Golden recently joined WilmerHale, the firm created by the merger of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering and Hale and Dorr. One article documents how partners at some firms have been unhappy with their names being dropped, and how they hoard the old firm stationary that has their names on it until the paper runs out.
Perhaps law firms will begin selecting partners not based on length of service with the firm or influence, but on the basis of how those last names sound. Snyder, Chomsky, Barnes, Cherry, Miller, Rowley & Safranek? Ah, I suppose “ContractsProf Blog” does sound much more catchy after all. [Hat-tip: Alyssa DiRusso (Samford / Cumberland)]