The Musings of Gary M. Zeiss

The Four Horsemen of the Lawpocalypse

Posted on: March 19, 2009

Have the Four Horsemen of the Lawpocalypse arrived? It’s starting to look possible, at least for many that we’ve considered biglaw over the past few years…

1) Pestilence – given a crown and spreading disease wherever it goes. How about the AmLaw 100? The struggle to stay at the very top of that ridiculous list has spread disease throughout the legal profession.

2) War – well, perhaps not “war” per se, but certainly an attempt by firms to capture the princes and princesses of other firms to bolster their own royal families.

3) Famine – associates? Non-equity partners? De-equitized partners? Not a whole lot to eat there.

4) Death – Thelen, Heller Ehrman, Morgan Finnegan – who’s next?

Certainly, there will be a couple of these behemoths left at the end – but it could very well look like an accounting practice, where we went from the Big 8 to the Big 5 to the Big 2 (is the Big One next?).

Are we looking at Lawpocalypse Now? Time will tell…


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  • Mike: I was just speaking to a friend in DC that was explaining the same thing to me. The firm he's been clawing his way to the middle of for the last 7 ye



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