Isn’t Jewel v. Boxer a great case name? Doesn’t it sound like one of the classics of the 1L curriculum, right up there with Pierson v. Post, Hawkins v. McGee, and International Shoe?
It is definitely a case that lawyers ought to know. This appellate decision, handed down by a California court in 1984, remains the leading case on how to divvy up attorneys’ fees generated by cases that were still in progress at the time of a law firm’s dissolution. Dewey care about this case? Absolutely.
But Jewel might not maintain its status as the key precedent on so-called “unfinished business,” at least if one judge has anything to say about it. Check out an interesting ruling that just came down from the Southern District of New York, arising out of one of the biggest Biglaw bankruptcies of recent years….
The list of firms cutting associate salaries keeps growing. Yesterday, the Connecticut-based firm Robinson & Cole reduced all associate and counsel salaries by $10,000. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune:
On Wednesday, Hartford-based Robinson & Cole, which has about 240 attorneys, confirmed that it has decided to cut associates’ and counsel’s annual salaries by $10,000. The pay cuts are effective immediately and affect incoming and current associates and counsel in all nine offices in the Northeast and Florida.
Discussions about salary cuts began last month, according to Anne Elvgren, chief marketing officer at Robinson & Cole.
First years at Robinson are getting dangerously close to losing the six figure dream:
Starting salaries vary by office, according to law firm officials, but entry-level attorneys earn $115,000 at Robinson & Cole, according to information the firm provided to NALP, the association for legal career professionals.
After the jump, we wonder how Robinson’s managing partner is enjoying his new gig.
Let’s start with the good news. Robinson & Cole, a well known Connecticut-based firm, has named a new managing partner. John B. Lynch (Holy Cross undergrad, UVA law school) was elected managing partner of the firm yesterday. Congratulations.
Sadly, it appears that one of his first acts was to layoff associates and staff. Thirty people are out today at Robinson & Cole. Above the Law just obtained the following press release:
Robinson & Cole has eliminated 11 counsel and associate attorneys, and 19 support staff positions. These cutbacks are taking place among the firm’s seven offices in the Northeast. Other prudent expense reductions will be made across the firm.
“Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”
On the bright side, all systems are a “go” for Robinson in terms of incoming first years and the 2009 summer program. That’s pretty good news in today’s market.
Read the full statement from Robinson & Cole after the jump. Good luck to our brothers in UCONN territory.
The legal industry is being disrupted at every level by technological advances. While legal tech entrepreneurs and innovators are racing to create a more efficient and productive future, there is widespread indifference on the part of attorneys toward these emerging technologies.
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past seven years. You can reach them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at Kinney Asia have made a number of FCPA / White Collar US associate placements in Hong Kong / China thus far in 2014. Most of such placements have been commercial litigation associates from major US markets, fluent in Mandarin, switching to FCPA / White Collar litigation. Some have already had FCPA experience, but those are difficult candidates for firms to find (this will change in coming years as US firms are now promoting FCPA / White Collar to their 2L summers who are fluent in Mandarin and have an interest in transferring to China at some point).
Legal Week quoted Kinney’s Head of Asia, Evan Jowers, extensively in the following relevant article here.
There is a new trend in the market, though, where mid-level transactional US associates, fluent in spoken Mandarin and written Chinese, are interviewing for and in some cases landing junior FCPA / White Collar spots in Hong Kong / China at very top tier US firms.
When the LexisNexis Cloud Technology Survey results were reported earlier this year, it showed that attorneys were starting to peer less skeptically into the future, and slowly but surely leaning more toward all the benefits the law cloud has to offer.
Because let’s face it, plenty of attorneys are perhaps a bit too comfortable with their “system” of practice management, which may or may not include neon highlighters, sticky notes, dog-eared file folders, and a word processing program that was last updated when the term “raise the roof” was still de rigueur.