Walter G.D. Reed
Biglaw, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Edwards Wildman, Intellectual Property, Lateral Moves, Law Firm Mergers, Locke Liddell & Sapp, Locke Lord, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, United Kingdom / Great Britain
Who is leaving Edwards Wildman, and what implications might this have for the Locke Lord transaction?
In chapter 19 of The Prince, Machaivelli suggests restrictions on the Prince’s absolute power. Machiavelli essentially argues that the Prince must not take the people’s sheep (“sheep” being a metaphor for the ability of peasants to have enough food) or their women (“women” being a metaphor for women). This advice applies just as easily to a totalitarian ruler of a country as it does to a managing partner of a law firm. Managing partners, ignore Machiavelli at your peril. You could end up with a full-scale revolt on your hands — or, at the very least, an embarrassing lawsuit from a former, allegedly cuckolded partner….
What results from the coupling of an angel and a wild man? One might think: angel + wild man = air traffic nightmare.
In the law firm context, however, the result is quite different. Edwards Angell is merging with Wildman Harrold, to form Edwards Wildman Palmer. What else do we know about Edwards Wildman Palmer? And what might be motivating this merger?