The strategic evolution of large US law firms Academic Article uri icon


  • In recent years, large US law firms have been undergoing significant changes. Most have switched from a professional model (P2 form) to a corporate business model, employing competitive strategies and a profit orientation. As the market for corporate legal services became more competitive, many large US law firms began to diversify the services they offer and expand their operations into new geographic regions of the country and into international markets. They even engaged in acquisitions and learned to manage and leverage their critical resources, human capital and relational capital. As a result, most of these law firms have added more professional management. All in all, the services law firms offer and the rivals with which they must contend have changed substantially over the last 15years. 2006 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

published proceedings

  • Business Horizons

author list (cited authors)

  • Hitt, M. A., Bierman, L., & Collins, J. D.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Hitt, Michael A||Bierman, Leonard||Collins, Jamie D

publication date

  • January 2007