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Another network of law firms, ALFA International

A profile of the new chairman of ALFA International, published in Law Firm Inc., Vol. 6, March/April 2008 at 19, caught my eye and adds to my collection of law-firm networks and associations (See my post of Feb. 21, 2008: references cited.). The piece states that ALFA has a membership of over 9,000 lawyers in 125 firms. Currently the organization has a roster of 85 domestic firms – within the United States – and 40 international firms.

Wise readers, ponder two questions and email me your experience and views. Do law departments know if the firm they have retained seeks advice from a network firm? Is the time of the network lawyer recorded as an expense or as a timekeeper of the original firm?