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Dan Packel

Dan Packel

Dan Packel is an editor on the Business of Law desk at ALM. He writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on change and innovation in the legal marketplace. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter at @packeld

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October 20, 2022 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Serendipity Trumps Strategy When Law Firms Cash in On Tech

In one way, a mid-size law firm's recent sale of its tech-based subsidiary broke new ground. But it's also in line with several other firms' recent divestments of tech-based assets.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

October 17, 2022 | The American Lawyer

Porzio Bromberg Breaks Ground in Selling Subsidiary to Private Equity Firm

Health care-focused RLDatix's purchase of Porzio Life Sciences for an undisclosed amount makes it the first private equity buyer of a U.S. law firm subsidiary.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

October 13, 2022 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: CEOs Are Feeling Gloomy. But Leaders of All Sorts Can Do More Than Mope

Now's the time for firm leaders to think about investment and differentiation, says HBR Consulting's Matt Sunderman.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

October 12, 2022 | The American Lawyer

Shearman & Sterling Unveils Legal Operations Consulting Unit

It's the rare high-end law firm to venture beyond conventional legal services.

By Dan Packel

3 minute read

October 06, 2022 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: When Backtracking in Business Isn't A Calamity

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner wound up pulling the plug on its Cubed subsidiary. But COO Jason Marty said the unit, which lasted for several years, helped tie together the firm in the earlier days after its trans-Atlantic merger.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

October 06, 2022 | The American Lawyer

King & Spalding Doubles Down on Litigation, Aiming for the Stratosphere

Recent hires such as Randy Mastro and Mark Kirsch in New York are part of a larger plan to elevate the firm's presence in New York, "the most important and competitive legal market in the world," according to it chairman.

By Dan Packel | Jacob Polacheck

8 minute read

October 04, 2022 | The American Lawyer

ABA Protests Legislation That Targets Lawyers' Work With Foreign Wealth

The bipartisan Enablers Act was introduced in the Senate on Monday. The ABA says the legislation's measures "will undermine the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality."

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

October 03, 2022 | The American Lawyer

Another Gibson Dunn Litigation Leader Jumps to King & Spalding

Mark Kirsch, who held leadership roles for Gibson Dunn's New York office and its litigation practice, said his move was independent of Randy Mastro's in August. 

By Dan Packel

3 minute read

September 29, 2022 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Time To Let Outsiders Run The Show?

Law firms have resisted turning over management to business leaders without legal backgrounds. But there's a logic to hiring someone with real business acumen when an operation is pushing the $1 billion mark.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

September 22, 2022 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Waving the Magic Wand to Make a Change in Big Law

Some of the sharpest minds on the future of the legal industry had a rousing discussion on Twitter.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read