We previously reported that firms are starting to launch global financial crisis practice groups.
But we wondered what (if anything) those groups would be able to do for their clients.
According to the National Law Journal, clients are just as confused about the bailout as everybody else. Even the ABA doesn’t actually know what to make of what Congress just passed:
Carlton Fields, which as nearly 300 lawyers throughout Florida and Georgia, is forming a “recovery task force” comprised of 15 to 20 lawyers. The task force was first proposed to be called a “bailout task force.” It will focus on “what kinds of opportunities will be available with the congressional plan,” said Jay Steinman, chairman of the firm’s Miami real estate and finance group.
The firm has been asked by the American Bar Association to create a “white paper” on what the bailout plans means. The analysis will be completed this week by Carlton Fields partner Sandra Porter, and the firm will do weekly updates.
Is it possible that a large part of the legal community is waiting for Carlton Fields to tell them what is actually happening? It’s been a weird month.
In face of economic crisis, law firm clients range from panicky to opportunistic [National Law Journal]