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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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March 09, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: The Merger That Wasn't

A combination with Hogan Lovells would have helped Shearman & Sterling return to where it stood among the largest firms in the world over two decades ago. But was that the only reason it made sense?

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

March 02, 2023 | Daily Report Online

King & Spalding Cracks $2B Threshold

In addition to growing the top line by double digits, the firm also grew profits per equity partner by over 8%.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

February 23, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: A 'Short, Shallow' Recession May Be Here Already. Are More Layoffs Coming?

One economic forecaster predicts continued pain for the tech and finance industries, amid early signs that certain law firms serving these clients are feeling the pinch.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

February 17, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Will The AI Revolution Let Lawyers 'Make Money While They Sleep'?

Allen & Overy is claiming that its embrace of an Open AI-backed platform will be a "game changer," but claims in press releases don't necessarily translate into reality.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

February 09, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: AI Is Coming. Should Big Law Be On Edge?

Individual attorneys are no doubt experimenting with the tools that are available, but they don't necessarily fit into firms' economic models.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

February 02, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: The Next Best Thing to a Crystal Ball for Law Firm Leaders

Will decision-makers embrace flexible lawyering the next time the demand cycle heats up to avoid a repeat of the current overcapacity crisis?

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

January 26, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: How Are The Vibes?

Maybe the outlook for the broader economy isn't as grim as people think, but the law firm world is still on edge.

By Dan Packel

5 minute read

January 24, 2023 | The American Lawyer

Reed Smith Global Managing Partner to Leave Firm for CLO Role

Casey Ryan, a veteran of the firm and its senior management, has been named as Thomas' successor.

By Gina Passarella Cipriani | Dan Packel

5 minute read

January 19, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: No Sense in Wishing That ESG 'Just Goes Away'

Corporate leaders may be tired of the pressure to focus on the social and environmental consequences of doing business. Law firm bosses might feel the same way, but they've also got an upside.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read

January 12, 2023 | Law.com

The Law Firm Disrupted: Proskauer Suit, FTC News Move Trade Secrets into Spotlight

Russell Beck was the lead attorney among professionals who wrote to the FTC in 2021 raising concerns about restrictions in using non-compete agreements. Now he's representing Proskauer's former COO against explosive allegations of misappropriating trade secrets.

By Dan Packel

4 minute read