One of the side effects of lean economic times at Big Law is an increase in internal competition for work and hours. In the boom times, there was more than enough work for all of Big Law’s worker bees.

Partners staffed their matters with Cogs. Cogs billed away the days researching and writing. Secretaries helped ease the workload by drafting letters and filing papers. Paralegals chipped in to review documents and organize deal rooms. The caterer ordered nice box lunches for noon meetings.

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