Hire Successors Not Underlings

Several years ago I heard Wolverine World Wide’s CEO, Blake Krueger, give a speech at an Association for Corporate Growth event. During his speech he touched on a hiring philosophy that started at his former law firm, Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP and continues at Wolverine World Wide. It was premised on the theory of… Read more »

If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

Out of private practice now for over two years, I find that my mind drifts now and then to thoughts of whether or not I will ever return to the profession that I enjoyed and that influenced so many facets of my life. Naturally, when I consider this question, I often think about whether I… Read more »


I keep two beehives as a hobby. Late one evening early in the fall, well after dark, I went out to check on how they were faring in the cooler weather. I found that one of the hives had just been abandoned. The colony had for some unknown reason lost its most productive and important… Read more »


One of the first things I learned as a ski patroller was to assess a patient’s ABC’s: Airway, Breathing and Circulation. These are not high-level functions but they are vital to survival. In a healthy individual, they happen automatically and regularly. When they are disrupted, they must be treated immediately. Until the patient is handed… Read more »

The Flaws of the Typical Law Firm Management Model

Often to their own detriment, most small to mid sized law firms follow some variation of two basic management models. Under the first model, one lawyer serves as Managing Partner and under the second model the management is run by a small committee of lawyers. Both systems are flawed but yet these models still account… Read more »