Publications and conferences dote on the largest law firms (See my post of Feb. 20, 2008: two law firms break $2 billion in fees; and June 18, 2007: references on this blog to “Magic Circle” firms.). The big shots garner the most publicity and ascend into the heaven of icons.
Unspoken, usually, are the drawbacks of very large aggregations of law-firm lawyers purportedly practicing together. General counsel may sometimes be blinded by the light of magnificent firms, but they also realize that sometimes their partners have clay feet. I wrote about some of the disadvantages that accompany size of law firm in my recent article and I invite readers to email me comments. Click here for my article in PDF format.