Alternate billing models are nothing new in Chicago. But as apps and add-ons take seconds to do what an associate would have billed days for and new cognitive computing models help lawyers extend what they can do in a single hour, firms are starting to ask whether time spent is still the wisest way to set paychecks.
Intellectual property work is changing, and firms are changing how they handle it. While that might mean some firms have to switch parts of the way they operate, it doesn’t necessarily mean the practice as a whole is seeing a massive exodus.
Kevin Case is the owner and sole operator of Case Arts Law, where he focuses almost exclusively on representing orchestral musicians in labor, employment and union matters. He is also general counsel to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians.
As is the case with many global law firms looking to open new offices or upgrade their current ones, Seyfarth Shaw had an eye on improving efficiency and making the best use of their square footage. But the most significant motivation behind the move of its flagship Chicago office to the Willis Tower was about improving the firm’s existing culture of collaboration.
As part of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago Travelers Assistance Program, Drinker Biddle & Reath associate Iman Boundaoui is one of about 300 regular volunteer attorneys who staff the international terminal to provide assistance to travelers detained in the wake of President Donald Trump’s various travel bans from Muslim-majority countries.
If this issue has a theme, it’s change, and the forces that drive change. In these pages, we’ll talk about how technologies both simple and high-end have nibbled away at the minutes that make up the billable hour. We talk about how the Supreme Court’s Alice decision, new Chinese markets and the creation of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board have changed the way firms handle intellectual property disputes.
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