International law firms in Asia, and elsewhere, should consider attending the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on 6-7 September 2017. 

public domain image from the U.S. Department of Defense


But artificial intelligence will be as much a part of the "law firm of the future" as desks and paper have been for the past 200 years.

It also can be part of the "law firm of today."

The ABA Journal reports that lawyer salaries in the United States have fallen behind those of other professions.

It does not have to be that way.

By Eric Kilby (Flickr: Speeding By) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The International Bar Association has announced a conference on "Building the Law Firm of the Future," to be held in November 2017 in London.

It sounds interesting.

But I wonder if they have the topic backwards.

18th century painting of a dodo by Roelant Savery [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In the past few weeks, I have enjoyed stimulating discussions with several Walker Clark clients about whether their law firms should have non-equity partners.

This subject leads to one basic question that has profound implications for many law firms today:

Should we have partners at all?

The implementation of a law firm's most important decisions can be as simple as: Ready-Aim-Fire.

So why, in so many law firms, is it: Ready-Fire-Aim?


Morris & Salom Electrobat II (1894) - public domain image from Wikipedia Commons

You might have missed an  important news item in today's issue of the New York Times.

It reports an event that might be the most important piece of business news this year... 

...and possibly for the next ten years.

tree in the winter

At no time since the 1960s have the signs been more ominous.

One increasingly has the sense that the increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea will not end well.

If your practice involves Asian clients, cases, or transactions, especially in northeastern Asia, you should develop a "war plan" now.