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Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady (B)

 John Coates and Trayosha Darapuneni  
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HLS 12-02
10 pages
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October 12, 2011


Supplements the (A) case by describing the resolution of the ownership decision that the firm had to make and updating the reader on the firm's history following that decision.

Learning Objectives

This case provides a vivid narrative of relatively early-career lawyers struggling to find an organization that fits their values and goals, and allows the reader to explore a variety of basic organizational challenges in professional services: How do busy professionals with strong service commitments to their clients devote time to their own careers and organizations? How do like-minded professionals find others willing to form a new organization? How can they allocate ownership and compensation among partners with disparate levels of experience? How can they make sure that their partners' goals and values are aligned? How do the partners' outside opportunities shape their relations with each other?

Subjects Covered

Professional Development, Work/Life Balance, Professional Services, Change Management


Geographic: United States

Industry: Law Firm

Event Year Begin: 2011

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