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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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August 04, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Bringing Struggling Lawyers Up to Speed. Now?

Questions are swirling about how committed law firms really are about correcting performance issues given sputtering demand. But this legal talent startup is placing a bet there's an untapped market for its coaching services.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

July 27, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: The Recession May Not Happen. Who's Ready?

Are layoffs still necessary? Maybe this is the point for law firms that have been coping with flabby demand for months to conclude that they can absorb it just for a little while longer.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

July 21, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Helping Pave a New Path Out of Big Law

The timing is fortuitous for Ex Judicata, a new online platform aimed at helping lawyers transition into non-legal jobs.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

July 06, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Vulnerabilities at the Office, Vulnerabilities at Home

Cyber breaches seem unavoidable, regardless of where lawyers are getting work done.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

June 29, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Getting AI Right Involves Being Bold

That doesn't mean leaping headfirst, but rather being deliberate with strategy.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

June 15, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: 'It's Lonely at the Top'

A new survey of law firm leaders finds that while expectations for the role are becoming more formalized, they're still not keeping pace with the growing complexity of the job.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

June 14, 2023 | The American Lawyer

Clients Still Find Law Firms' Innovation Efforts Lacking

While 65% of respondents to a new Thompson Hine survey say they have seen either "a lot" or "some" innovation from their law firms, that figure is up only 5% in the last three years.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

June 08, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Interest Rates are Hurting Law Firm Valuations

Hunton Andrews Kurth CFO Madhav Srinivasan calculated his annual figures for Am Law 100 valuations, finding that these firms as a whole dropped in value for the second straight year.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

June 01, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Hybrid Work Is Going Strong, but Skadden Wants More

Sources say the push is one of executive partner Eric Friedman's final goals as he prepares to step down after 14 years in the role.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

May 25, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: What Extreme Profit Margins Tell Us About the Am Law 200

The Second Hundred is home to some outliers with distinct business models that aren't about to be seen in the Am Law 100 anytime soon.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read