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Bright Ideas Global Law: BLOGS

  • MARY K YOUNG, Partner, Zeughauser Group, Washington D.C.
    Moving the Global Law Firm Through a Challenging Economy: Focus on Strategy
  • DAVID SYED, Senior Partner - Europe, Orrick, Paris
    Changing Supply & Demand for Global Legal Services: The Multi-polar Dynamic
  • JOHN H. STOUT, Partner, Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis
    The Fulfilled International Lawyer: Advice for a Successful Career
  • ADAM SMITH, General Counsel, EADS Defence & Security, Munich
    Laws are Local: How Can Corporate Legal Services Become More Global?
  • HELENA SAMAHA, General Counsel EMEA, AlixPartners, Paris
    Transcending Legal Expertise to Get to the Heart of Serving Global Clients
  • THOMAS J. SABATINO, Jr., Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Schering-Plough Corporation, New Jersey
    Musical Chairs: How Today’s General Counsel Earns a Seat at the Top Executive Table
  • NORM RUBENSTEIN, Partner, Zeughauser Group, Washington D.C.
    The Key to Credible International Branding
  • JOLENE OVERBECK, Chief Marketing Officer, DLA Piper, New York City
    Moving the Global Law Firm Through a Challenging Economy: Focus on Strategy
  • MICHAEL O’NEILL, SVP and General Counsel, Lenovo Corporation, Washington D.C.
    Fit for Global: Operating Tenets for the General Counsel
  • MARY MULLALLY, Head of Networks, Practical Law Company, London
    How Corporate Counsel in the UK and Europe are Changing, and the Key Elements of Success
  • DEBORAH MCMURRAY, CEO and Strategy Architect, Content Pilot LLC, Dallas
    LAW FIRM 4.0: Considerations for the Global Law Firm in 2020
  • CHRIS MARSHALL, Pro Bono & Community Manager, Reed Smith and Chair, Board of Trustees, Advocates for International Development, London
    International Pro Bono – Broadening our Geographical Reach
  • BRUCE MacEWEN, Founder, “Adam Smith Esq.,”, New York City
    Re-thinking Your Global Strategy: Geography, Talent and Management
  • DESPINA KARTSON, Chief Marketing Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York City
    The Role of Law Firm Values in Successful Global Expansion
  • PETER KALIS, Chairman and Global Managing Partner, K&L Gates LLP, New York City
    The Signature Legal Challenge of the 21st Century
  • ALAN JENKINS, Chairman, Eversheds LLP, London
    Understanding the Importance of Culture in Managing a Global Law Firm
  • FADI HAMMADEH, General Counsel, Dubai Properties Group, Dubai
    The Regulatory Pendulum Worldwide: Where are we Headed?
  • ANN LEE GIBSON, Ann Lee Gibson Consulting, West Plains, Missouri
    Feels Like 1990 All Over Again: Law Firm Economic Cycles
  • TIM S. GLASSETT, Former General Counsel, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Beverly Hills, CA
    Building and Motivating a High-Performing Global Legal Team
  • ROSS FISHMAN, CEO, Fishman Marketing, Highland Park, Illinois
    Focus: The Benefits of a Narrow Scope in the Face of Global Opportunity
  • JAN EIJSBOUTS, former General Counsel, Akzo Nobel, Amsterdam
  • E. LEIGH DANCE, President, ELD International, Inc., New York and Rome
    Introduction and European Counsel Must Improve Compliance
  • BRUNO COVA, Partner, Paul Hastings, Milan
    Reflections on Moving Inside to Outside, and European Counsel Must Improve Compliance
  • JEFFREY CARR General Counsel, FMC Technologies, Houston
    Building a Better Legal Service Delivery System
  • PETER J. BESHAR EVP and General Counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies, New York City
    Living Through a Corporate Crisis and Preparing for What Might Come Next
  • DEREK BENTON Director of International Operations, Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, London
    Lawyers Network Differently as the World Grows Flatter


  • Leigh Dance – a new blog by Leigh Dance:                                           blog.brightideasgloballaw.com
  • Martindale-Hubbell Blog – the official blog of Martindale-Hubbell:
    Click here to download PDF of blog post where John Lipsey, the head of Corporate Counsel Services for LexisNexis, shared some of the 'compelling ideas' discussed at the 22 July 09 DC event "What's Next for Global Legal Services?" and found in the book, Bright Ideas: Insights from Legal Luminaries Worldwide. 
  • Adam Smith, Esq., Blog - an inquiry into the economics of law firms: www.adamsmithesq.com/blog/
    Click here to download PDF of Leigh Dance's 15 June 09 guest column
  • Ann Lee Gibson Legal Blog – observations, experiences and questions about law firm competitive intelligence: lawfirmci.blogspot.com
  • WiredGC Blog – weblog about business law  by a former general counsel focusing on issues for lawyers working inside companies: www.wiredgc.com

Please contact us with other blogs you can recommend.

Law Firm Leaders Find Valuable Guidance in Adam Smith Blog

Bruce MacEwen’s tremendously successful Adam Smith blog is a great resource for law firm executives and anyone interested in law firm economics.   The Adam Smith blog touches on global law firm issues frequently.  Bruce MacEwen’s chapter in Bright Ideas is woven together from several recent posts on the Adam Smith blog.  The chapter covers a number of topics related to law firm growth, law firm management and law firm expansion.  Each addressed in separate posts at www.adamsmithesq.com , are global strategy and its components of geography, talent, management structures and leadership.

The Adam Smith blog has existed for about five years, and in early 2009 page-views on the site exceed 400,000 in one month.  It addresses the broader issues of global business and law from a strategic and economic perspective.  Bruce MacEwen (President) has published more than 1,000 articles on "Adam Smith, Esq." on the economics of law firms.

Many of the Adam Smith blog posts are focused on US law firm and ‘big law’ issues, and there are many reference to in-house counsel and global legal issues.  One can find posts on a range of topics in Adam Smith, Esq. by searching keywords on the home page, such as:  Finance, Cultural Considerations, Partnership Structures, Globalization, Compensation, Practice Group Structures, Strategy and IT. 

The Adam Smith blog takes its name from the revered economist, Adam Smith, who was also a moral philosopher.   The Adam Smith provides insights on the business of large, sophisticated law firms.  In a recent Adam Smith blog post, Bruce MacEwen wrote, “Adam Smith, Esq." aspires to be nothing less than the most: thoughtful, reflective, well-informed, well-connected, and, yes, wide-ranging online publication in the world that addresses the economics of sophisticated law firms.




Profits from Bright Ideas book sales will go to Advocates for International Development, an international pro bono organization.  www.A4ID.org

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