A few weeks ago we posted on the trend towards large corporate law firms expanding in size as a business strategy. From Law.com comes evidence that the same thing is happening with management side employment law boutique firms. Regionally-oriented firms are bulking up to compete on a national basis with Littler Mendelson, which seems to be the horse that the others are chasing.
"for firms that wanted to remain labor and employment boutiques, ‘all of us, at the same time, began to realize that in order to make the cut with the big purchases we were going to have to be in more places,' said Roger K. Quillen, chairman and managing partner of Fisher & Phillips.
There may be a cost saving to clients when dealing with the boutiques rather than the large general practice firms.
But, as the medium sized boutiques bulk up or merge to become national players, are all of their clients following them? Or is there an opportunity for smaller firms to fill a gap? That is a question that smaller firms and non-national clients should be asking themselves.