Andrew Glincher is the CEO and Managing Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. Andrew started at Nixon Peabody 30 years ago. He is a first generation college graduate, having grown up in Brockton, Massachusetts. He studied business at Boston College undergraduate and has always prided himself as being as much a business person as a lawyer. He ran his own snack bar and concession in high school, was very entrepreneurial, worked in business, and then went to law school. Initially he went to work for a small firm for about a year and a half to do business and commercial real estate. Eventually, Andrew made his way to Nixon Peabody, running the Boston office with a large corporate and commercial real estate client base which has evolved into his current role of CEO.
Nixon Peabody LLP is one of the largest law firms in the world – with 16 offices. They have international alliances throughout the world, particularly in Asia. In the United States, their major metro offices are located in Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They employ about 700 attorneys and 1500 total employees. They work on almost everything except criminal defense work – except white collar. They do not do personal injury work on the plaintiff’s side nor do they do divorce work. They particularly excel in corporate, real estate, labor and employment law.
Some of the changes in this law firm that Andrew has seen are:
●Moving away from hierarchies
●One size glass wall offices
●A shift towards encouraging collaboration
●No more corner offices
●Unified office furniture for everyone
●More open spaces with cafes and collaboration space
Nixon Peabody isn’t an ordinary law firm and Andrew isn’t your typical CEO. In fact, as you will here in today’s discussion, Andrew is simply not content with the traditional ways that law firms are used to operating. He and his team at Nixon Peabody are finding ways to increase collaboration, change the way they think about space, encourage leaders to be empathetic listeners, and use technology to be more efficient and productive.
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How do you deal with people who are resistant to that change? Andrew says you can show them companies that aren’t fairing well who have resisted change. He also says you should have discussions about change and acknowledge that change is difficult. You have to keep encouraging people to do things.
What You Will Learn In This Episode:
●How law firms are changing
●The role AI and technology may have on the the field of law
●How to be an empathetic listener
●How to deal with people resisting change
●Advice to leaders looking to change their work spaces
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