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Big Law Firms Are in 'Crisis,' Retired Lawyer Says

Big Law Firms Are in 'Crisis,' Retired Lawyer Says
Photograph by Tim Klein

Steven Harper worked for 30 years in Big Law. Now he’s blowing the whistle.

A recently retired partner of the formidable Chicago-based firm of Kirkland & Ellis, Harper has a new book out called The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis. It should be required reading for anyone in the large-law-firm world—and especially anyone who thinks they want to get into that business.