It is not uncommon to see international firms shed practice areas orattorneys that do not fit in with their economic models. But one clientis arguing that maybe it is professional negligence for those firms tokeep their smaller clients.

The high demands on partners in global law firms to increase profits,the client said, ultimately led to its claims of professional negligenceagainst Reed Smith. The religious nonprofit alleged it was excessivelycharged for its legal representation in a routine employmentdiscrimination case, according to the complaint in The Bair Foundationv. Reed Smith.