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I have spent a lot of time meeting with law firms in the last year and there are often two camps—with a murky third somewhere in the middle—when it comes to innovation.

We have the 1) “things aren’t changing, at least not for me” camp; 2) the camp of “I know things are changing but I don’t have a clue where to start;” and in the middle there is 3) the group of law firms who recognize change is afoot and are making efforts of widely varying degrees to adapt. All of this was timely captured in the January 9 piece by Roy Strom in which Georgetown University and Thomson Reuters predict a wake-up call for law firms, many of which they say have engaged in “consensual neglect” of the realities of a changing market.

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Gina Passarella Cipriani

Gina Passarella is editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

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