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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Senior Litigation Reporter of the Daily Report Cedra Mayfield and Senior Staff Writer for the American Lawyer Patrick Smith, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Sep 13, 2017


Law firms are working hard at the difficult task of tailoring their compensation models to retain key talent, attract new talent, send the right message for what is valued at the firm and protect the firm’s culture all at the same time. It’s not easy and there is a lot of experimenting going on.


Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 20:10

Beth Frerking, editor in chief of The National Law Journal, and Katelyn Polantz, NLJ’s data editor and business of law reporter, unpack the the 2017 NLJ 500 survey on growth at the largest U.S.-centric law firms. In 2016, law firms in the survey grew overall by about 2 percent compared to 2015. But...

Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 8:32

In the D.C. Litigation Departments of the Year special report, The National Law Journal took the pulse of top litigation shops in our nation’s capital. Who successfully handled some of the biggest cases of 2016? Who did they face in court? And what clients entrusted them with their weightiest matters?...

Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 6:33

Even before he took over the Oval Office, President Donald Trump was no stranger to litigation. Post-inauguration, Trump’s policies have led to a flurry of lawsuits over everything from immigration to oil pipelines.

But the real estate mogul’s new job adds an extra hurdle for lawyers challenging Trump...

Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 10:23

Reporter Roy Strom summarizes the key takeaways from the Am Law 100 rankings and what consultants say to look for in the coming year.