Amid Napa Valley’s rolling, grape-filled fields, Buchalter Nemer attorneys spent a recent weekend playing golf and tennis in the 80-degree weather.

Over dinner in Merryvale Vineyard’s cask-lined dining room, managing partner Rick Cohen told his partners that the firm needs to identify younger lawyers to lead it. Later that weekend, he prodded them to ramp up business development. “If everyone keeps doing what they’ve been doing, we won’t be dramatically more successful,” he said he told his partners. “I asked everyone to figure out what they can do differently.”