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When Leland Stanford drove a 17.6-karat gold spike into a railroad tie at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory in May 1869, he was marking the conclusion of a bold initiative, linking the United States via the First Continental Railroad.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers law firms' global strategy and economics. Based in Philadelphia, he writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," exploring change and innovation in the legal services market. Contact him at dpackel@alm.com. On Twitter at @packeld

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