The Top 50 Innovators: Outside Influence

Outside, Looking In

Fourteen nonlawyers and general counsel who changed the nature of large firms.

The American Lawyer


Fourteen nonlawyers and general counsel who changed the nature of large firms.

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  • Fred Andes

    I have to agree with Patrick McKenna. David Maister should be recognized as well. Mr. Maister's books (including the one that he co-authored with Mr. McKenna) have served me, and other lawyers that I know, as incredibly valuable guideposts in building a successful practice. His thoughts, because they are specifically directed to the challenges faced by professional service firms, and to the individuals within them, are much more useful than the books and blogs on marketing and management that are directed toward businesses generally. We have given the Maister books to all of our associates, so they can consider and incorporate his ideas as they build their own practices

  • Re-thinking Axiom

    Mark Harris, suspended from the New York bar for many years. Is Axiom a law firm? It is the law firm on a diet, what about Axiom Engage? How can a non-law firm do M&A from beginning to end?
    Big law is buying into Axiom's public relations, look deeper into attorney licensing and UPL issues. Yes, Axiom changed the playing field but with some and mirrors and by putting attorney-client privilege and work product at risk.

  • Patrick J. McKenna

    I love your feature on The American Lawyer's Top 50 Innovators and I can just imagin and empathize with how difficult it must have been to select those who qualified to be featured. That said, I really do have to suggest that your list of nonlawyers who changed the nature of large firms is absent one of the most influential voices that altered the landscape of managing and leading within the profession. Where is DAVID MAISTER among this list. Somebody badly missed the impact that David had and continues to exert on how effective leadership is practiced. His books continue to be bestsellers.

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