It used to be so simple. A client would ask a law firm to pick up a job, a partner would grab a few associates and get to work, some long nights and elbow grease later, there’d be a trial or a settlement or some sort of specialized advice. Straightforward. Easy.

Yes, I’m grossly simplifying things, but given the interconnected webs of today’s average litigation, legal work of just 50 years ago looks like games of Pong compared to today’s World of Warcraft-like need to multiple party coordination. You have tech providers and their 3000 flavors, ranging from e-discovery to legal research. You have business consultants, insurance consultants. You still have corporate clients, but those corporate clients have all new pressures, with boards and C-suites taking an active interest in legal to levels never before seen.

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