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Pretend, for purposes of this article, that we are in a parallel dimension in which the concept of law firms has just been invented. In the equivalent of a schoolyard team sport, captains have decided to take turns choosing their firm members from all available lawyers, with the most desirable to be taken first and the lesser desirable being chosen in declining order. The captains, destined to be managing partners, have 48 hours within which to plot their strategy and think about their picks. They may consult with experts outside of law to help them strategize.

Charles, the captain of Firm A, decides to consult with his accountant first. After discussing a variety of financial issues with her, he decides that the most important trait for those in his firm is going to be “rainmaking.” He wants people who will bring in a lot of business to ensure that the firm will earn significant revenue.

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