IBM General Counsel Robert Weber on Nonlawyer Firm Ownership

, Corporate Counsel


IBM's general counsel argues that lawyers have special obligations that should rule out nonlawyer investors.

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  • Jerome Kowalski

    While the ABA was busily preparing its report for public discussion, a variety of non-lawyer owned entities have actually entered the marketplace and are thriving. These include unlicensed, non-lawyer owned and unregulated Internet based providers of legal services ( ) and similarly unlicensed, non-lawyer owned and unregulated legal project outsourcing companies ( ). I would be surprised if IBM itself is not utilizing the latter, directly or indirectly.

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