There’s a party line surrounding the growing movement to alter the rules that govern who can own law firms and other businesses providing clients with legal services—these changes are being made with one goal in mind: increasing access to justice.

In Arizona, the first state in the U.S. to do away with the prohibition on nonlawyer ownership of firms, attorneys in midsize and large firms are hewing to this line. That may be fueling a perception, seeping through the legal industry, that these changes are largely meaningless to Big Law. But partners at some of these firms are also quietly forming committees to explore the prospect of their own businesses being transformed.

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