In a recent blog post Ron Friedmann responded to a question posed in a legal technology publication:
“‘How do you envision the legal team of the future changing?’ The thesis of my answer: multidisciplinary teams ….
” … The complexity of the modern world makes many problems multifaceted. How many ‘legal problems’ are really business problems with a legal element? Clients need lawyers to team with other professionals – and treat them as peers – for the best solution.
“A story from early in my legal market career illustrates the point. I had just arrived at a large firm to run practice support. A partner who knew I had a quant background asked me to help on a competition matter. A regional office of a regulator questioned our client’s action. It worried that many consumers would be adversely affected by a mistake it had made. I ran a simple time-series regression on the number of claimants to date. It showed a quickly diminishing curve. That is, a reasonable projection showed few new complaints would be filed. That one graph got the regulator to back off. That was a simple stats answer, not a legal’ answer.”