The rise of the non-lawyer professional class in law firms

Doug Jasinski

There is an interesting article in the November 1, 2006 edition of the National Post on the growing role within law firms of professionals in disciplines such as human resources, I.T., marketing and professional development. The article quotes David Garner, Managing Partner of Skunkworks client Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP extensively on the growth of this professional class within that firm. Garner notes that having a team of professionals in place allows him to move away from micro-managing and to focus on the larger issues of law firm strategy and direction. According to the article he also sees sales professionals as the next growth area for many firms, pointing to the experience in the accounting sector as evidence.

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