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YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY – A “herd mentality” is not going to end the pandemic. It’s also not going to make a law firm successful. Still, for decades, firms have been more likely to follow the pack than to forge their own paths. But is that changing? As Patrick Smith reports, an increase in the fierceness of competition for talent, a more thoughtful approach to how firm business is conducted and, of course, COVID-19, have all combined to create an atmosphere where it is now more acceptable to go against the grain. “In the past I think firms were content to do what other firms were doing and calling it the right thing for their firm,” said Bob Bodian, managing partner of Mintz Levin. “But now that balance has tipped to doing what is right for your firm and not worrying as much about what other firms are doing.”

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