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American Law Firms in Transition: Trends, Threats and Strategies

"Randy Kiser has written the first book on law firm leadership that takes a hard look at the issues facing 'Big Law' in the 21st century. Leaders of larger law firms would do well to read Randy's book and put his thoughts into action. Complacency is not our friend in today's law firm environment, and Randy gives us some great ideas that can help us differentiate our firms from the herd in a positive way."

- Tim Mohan, Chief Executive Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP

 

"This book is a labor of love and a great gift to the legal profession. Randy Kiser comprehensively addresses the challenges facing the modern law firm. More importantly, he generously offers a broad range of ideas and resources that law firm leaders can reference to meet those challenges. When law firm leaders say 'let's run our firm like a business,' their model is typically IBM in 1950 rather than Google in 2019. This book thankfully points towards the future."

- Scott Westfahl, Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education

 

"Novel leadership paradigms are required to navigate the emerging realities facing law firms. With this book, Randy Kiser provides the most comprehensive guide to date for leaders facing these unprecedented challenges. Exhaustively researched, Randy demystifies the common ailments facing law firms while providing pragmatic solutions. The book is an important resource for new and long-tenured law firm leaders alike."

- Patrick J. Whalen, Chairman & Managing Partner, Spencer Fane LLP

 

"Randy Kiser, the world's leading expert on lawyer decision making, carefully examines the vexing problems facing law firms, concluding they are 'severe, chronic, endemic—and solvable.' Kiser's prescription would make complete sense to Paul Cravath, the renowned law firm leader, as it returns us to systems thinking, the power of training, and incentive structures where all stakeholders benefit over the long term. A handful of law firm leaders will rediscover these insights with this book, and the rest will follow."

- William Henderson, Professor and Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

 

"This book is an urgent reality check and comprehensive guide for American law firms. Replete with compelling research and evidence dissecting critical trends, it offers a wealth of vital, practical solutions. It is an essential resource for any law firm leader directing law firms that want to not only survive, but also thrive in the rapidly changing legal landscape."

- Marla Grant and Yuliya LaRoe, co-founders, 20/20 Leadership Group LLC