The reports are in for 2011 on mergers and acquisitions in the law firm biz– the pace is picking up— and the prospects for 2012 look to be the same.  

US Mergers

Hildebrandt reports that 45 mergers that involved U.S. firms were completed last year, a 67% increase over 2010, with the Midwest being a locus of activity,  With 11 U.S.

An extraordinary and convincing vision of a revolution in big law’s future was presented by Mark Chandler, SVP and General Counsel of Cisco, in a speech in January at Northwestern School of Law’s 34th Annual Securities Regulation Institute.  I would like to join other legal commentators in paraphrasing Chandler’s comments and commending him on his far-sightedness.

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