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OVER IT WITH OVERHEAD  - With the exception of gym memberships, people generally don’t like to keep paying for things they don’t use. For example, why foot the bill for office space you’re never in? As Dan Packel reports, that’s a big reason why attorneys seem to be flocking to distributed (a.k.a. virtual) law firms during COVID-19, when remote work is already a way of life for lawyers. Since July 1, FisherBroyles has added seven partners, and counts 35 new names since the start of 2020. Rimon Law has announced five new partners since the beginning of May. And hybrid firm Taylor English Duma, which started hiring remote attorneys in 2018, boasts eight new names since the start of May. The pandemic “accelerated the acceptance of the model that we’ve been working on for the last 18 years,” FisherBroyles co-founder James Fisher said. “When all traditional firms went remote, a funny thing happened. They figured out working remotely isn’t as difficult as they though it was.”

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