Law Firms Are Investing in Tech Before It Overtakes Them (By Rhys Dipshan and Roy Strom) - The definition of a law firm is shifting as firms invest in technology to stave off competitors and give clients what they want.
The American Lawyer's 2018 Dealmakers of the Year (By Ben Seal, Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Scott Flaherty and Miriam Rozen) - From creative lawyering to novel issues of law, these are the deals that mattered most in 2017 and the attorneys who made them happen.
The Anatomy of a Deal: Fintech Edition - Listen in as The American Lawyer Editor in Chief Gina Passarella talks with Mitchell Rabinowitz, a partner at Crowell & Moring. Rabinowitz orchestrated a deal spotlighted in the magazine that involved 42 banks in 15 countries, representing his client R3, a company that runs a consortium of banks.
For M&A Lawyers, Proceed With Caution in 2018 (By Miriam Rozen) - The market is primed for another year of booming M&A action, but the art of the deal could be complicated by President Trump's temperamental tendencies.
The Next Chapter for Bankruptcy Practices (By Scott Flaherty) - Recession-related bankruptcies are coming to a close, forcing law firm restructuring groups to find new ways to stay active.

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How Boston Became a Beacon on the Hill to Big Law (By Meghan Tribe) - As Boston undergoes a renaissance, law firms are being drawn to its shores, ready to capitalize on a booming market.
It's Time to Change the Way We Educate Lawyers (By the Young Lawyer Editorial Board) - The expectations placed upon young lawyers have evolved over time. To keep pace, legal education must do the same. And there is a role for law firms to play, too.
Law Firms Are Getting Caught Up in the Gun-Control Debate (By Miriam Rozen) - Whether they represent gun companies or plaintiffs suing those companies, law firms are increasingly finding themselves caught in the crosshairs.
Focusing on Client Retention May Mean Restructuring the Firm (By Kathryn B. Whitaker) - Law firms should double down on their existing clients by focusing on client satisfaction and retention rates rather than billable hours and origination credits.
The Careerist: Asian-American Women Are Filling the GC Suite (By Vivia Chen) - From the Fortune 500 to patriarchal China, progress is evident for women of Asian descent. What makes in-house work more inviting?

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The intermingling of technology and the law is far from a new trend, but the cover story for our April issue focuses on something that is new. Law firms are no longer just adopting pre-packaged software from a third-party provider to streamline their internal processes. They are actively investing in and advising legal technology companies—if not creating their own systems—to improve the technology that is out there and recapture some of the rote legal services that clients no longer want to pay a law firm to handle. In essence, law firms are embracing technology before it overtakes them.

Our April issue features that story—by Rhys Dipshan and Roy Strom—and much more, including our annual Dealmakers of the Year, a forecast for the M&A market in 2018, a look at the path forward for bankruptcy practices as the recession fades into the rearview, and a story on the evolution of Boston’s legal industry. If you missed any of it as we rolled out our latest edition in recent weeks, read on to catch up on it all.


Law Firms Are Investing in Tech Before It Overtakes Them

By Rhys Dipshan and Roy Strom

The definition of a law firm is shifting as firms invest in technology to stave off competitors and give clients what they want.


The American Lawyer’s 2018 Dealmakers of the Year

By Ben Seal, Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Scott Flaherty and Miriam Rozen

From creative lawyering to novel issues of law, these are the deals that mattered most in 2017 and the attorneys who made them happen.


The Anatomy of a Deal: Fintech Edition

By Leigh Jones and Vanessa Blum

Listen in as The American Lawyer Editor in Chief Gina Passarella talks with Mitchell Rabinowitz, a partner at Crowell & Moring. Rabinowitz orchestrated a deal spotlighted in the magazine that involved 42 banks in 15 countries, representing his client R3, a company that runs a consortium of banks.


For M&A Lawyers, Proceed With Caution in 2018

By Miriam Rozen

The market is primed for another year of booming M&A action, but the art of the deal could be complicated by President Trump’s temperamental tendencies.


The Next Chapter for Bankruptcy Practices

By Scott Flaherty

Recession-related bankruptcies are coming to a close, forcing law firm restructuring groups to find new ways to stay active.


How Boston Became a Beacon on the Hill to Big Law

By Meghan Tribe

As Boston undergoes a renaissance, law firms are being drawn to its shores, ready to capitalize on a booming market.


It’s Time to Change the Way We Educate Lawyers

By the Young Lawyer Editorial Board

The expectations placed upon young lawyers have evolved over time. To keep pace, legal education must do the same. And there is a role for law firms to play, too.


Law Firms Are Getting Caught Up in the Gun-Control Debate

By Miriam Rozen

Whether they represent gun companies or plaintiffs suing those companies, law firms are increasingly finding themselves caught in the crosshairs.


Focusing on Client Retention May Mean Restructuring the Firm

By Kathryn B. Whitaker

Law firms should double down on their existing clients by focusing on client satisfaction and retention rates rather than billable hours and origination credits.


The Careerist: Asian-American Women Are Filling the GC Suite

By Vivia Chen

From the Fortune 500 to patriarchal China, progress is evident for women of Asian descent. What makes in-house work more inviting?