Musings —02.06.2014 09:09 AM—
The winding down of this fabled firm – where I was for a fun get-together just a couple weeks ago – is sad, but not unprecedented. Goodman and Carr went the same way, a few years ago, for a lot of the same reasons. Nothing lasts forever, including law firms.
The reasons, as I’ve posted in the past, are not unique to Heenan or Goodman. Big law firms are dying, much in the way that big media firms are – because of bad management decisions, because of resistance to change, and because of a total underestimation of the impact that the Internet would have on what they do. I left the day-to-day practice of law, in a law firm, a decade ago, and I haven’t regretted my decision once. Meanwhile, most lawyers I know, like most politicians I know, are totally miserable.
Oh, and my friend who had an office at Heenan’s in Ottawa? Don’t worry about him for one solitary minute. He has a name that is much, much bigger than any single law firm.