The Immense Power Kirkland’s Chairman Wields Is A Real Problem For Partners At Other Firms

Jeff Hammes

If [Kirkland chairman] Jeff Hammes woke up on the wrong side of the bed and wanted to really mess up your firm—maybe even put it out of business—he could do that. And that’s a different dynamic that is starting to emerge in legal and it’s a whole new level of pressure for people running today’s law firms.

— Kent Zimmermann, consultant to law firm managing partners at the Zeughauser Group, reflecting on the intense pressure facing the lawyers charged with leading law firms in the wake of news that Baker McKenzie’s Global Chair, Paul Rawlinson, is taking temporary medical leave for issues caused by exhaustion.

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