Law: Tremors In The Realm Of Giants

As firms change, the legal field becomes a battlefield

When the lawyers at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft moved to new headquarters a few years ago, they brought their old doors with them. That venerable walnut seemed to embody the traditions of the nation's senior firm, founded in 1792. But beyond the doors, their New York City offices are typical of the sleek, hard-driving operations that now dominate the profession. Overlooking its ten- story atrium are hundreds of lawyers' work spaces. Stop by at 3 a.m., and a dozen or more unlucky souls will be there, grinding out documents around the clock. Even at a respected old firm, the doors often...

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