Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s weeklong closure of its New York office after a partner tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus is forcing the industry to reckon with a serious question: Can Big Law work remotely?

A number of law firm leaders said in interviews Monday that they’re equipped and ready to have their lawyers and staff work from home for the short term. But working remotely for a long period of time poses a major test for an industry that is built on relationships.

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