First, let's kill all the committees

Thomas, Paulette
November 2004
Crain's Chicago Business;11/15/2004, Vol. 27 Issue 46, p39
The article informs that on the desk of attorney Sidney Herman sits a small, ungrammatical sign that helps explain why he and 17 others abandoned their partnerships at one of Chicago's biggest and most prestigious law firms a decade ago. The numerous committees (there was even a committee on committees) were emblematic of the bureaucracy required to manage a large, traditional law firm like Kirkland & Ellis, which today has about 500 lawyers in Chicago. In 1993 Herman and a group of Kirkland attorneys jumped ship to pursue a more streamlined brand of law practice, eschewing the "billable hours" economic model, for starters.


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