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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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September 14, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Don't Call It A Compensation Guarantee

Paul Weiss may not like to categorize its pledges to new laterals as "guarantees" but the standard of specifying fixed compensation to new recruits is well established. Still, partners receiving multiple years are in rarified air.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

September 08, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: What I've Learned About the New Normal

The office remains indivisible from the law firm experience, even after several years that demonstrated that, on a certain level, the work can get done from anywhere.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

August 31, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: The Generation Gap in Big Law Is Real, but It's Broader Too

Guess who made which damning statement about Gen Z.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

August 29, 2023 | The American Lawyer

After Ripping 'Unseemly' Deal Between LeClairRyan Founder and Trustee, Judge OKs Updated Settlement

"While the meteoric rise and fall of LeClairRyan PLLC may have been extraordinary, LeClair's personal avarice does not translate into a circumstance worthy of vacating this court's opinion," the judge wrote.

By Dan Packel

3 minute read

August 28, 2023 | The American Lawyer

O'Melveny's Brad Butwin on Managing in a Post-Pandemic Era

From taking a stand on a broad range of social issues to implementing new technology, Butwin discusses the ways the role of firm leader has changed.

By Dan Packel

12 minute read

August 24, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Costs For Professionals Are Rising, But Are They Still Undervalued?

Some of this is more staff, part of this is inflation. But another part is actually a shift toward higher-value support personnel.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

August 17, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Where's the Proof of the In-Office Premium?

Workers aren't satisfied when they find that the top brass is simply going with its gut.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

August 10, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: This 90-Year Old Law Firm Is Bowing Out With Class

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis is looking to steer clear of bankruptcy court as it winds down. Meanwhile, LeClairRyan remains the subject of litigation, four years after it announced plans to dissolve.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

August 07, 2023 | The Legal Intelligencer

Following Schnader Dissolution, Phila. Midsize Firms Fight to Stay Midsize

"There are some other firms similar to Schnader that are probably worried they could be looking at the same fate," said Brian Levinson, managing partner of the legal recruiting firm Alevistar Legal.

By Max Mitchell | Dan Packel

8 minute read

August 07, 2023 | The Legal Intelligencer

Dechert to Let Current Summers Defer Start Date to Fall 2025

Up to 20 associates can chose to "explore, study, travel or experience another opportunity."

By Dan Packel

2 minute read