Business Law News 2020, Issue 3
- A Force to Reckon With: Force Majeure in the Age of Covid-19
- Business Law News Editorial Team
- Business Law News Table of Contents
- Executive Committee: Message From the Chair
- Executive Committee of the Business Law Section 2019-2020
- Ignorance Is Not Bliss: the Consequences of How Little We Know About Covid-19
- Legal Ethics and the Coronavirus
- Message From the Issue Editor
- Opportunities and Challenges for Small Businesses Under New Laws Enacted During the Pandemic
- Standing Committee Officers of the Business Law Section 2019-2020
- With Covid-19 and the Nationwide Protests, the Time Is Ripe for Structural Change in American Business
- Covid-19 Has Disrupted the Legal Industry
COVID-19 Has Disrupted the Legal Industry
Carolynn Beck and Conor McDonough
Carolynn Beck is an experienced commercial litigator licensed in California, the District of Columbia, New York, and Virginia. She handles a wide range of matters, including complex business litigation, and labor & employment litigation and counseling. She has counseled and advised business owners and employers, and has represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.
Conor McDonough holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, along with a J.D. from Fordham University. He focuses on IP litigation across a range of diverse technologies and has also represented clients in trade secret/ trademark/copyright litigation, commercial contract disputes, and class actions with a view to promoting social justice.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the legal industry. At the beginning of the pandemic, law firms who had failed to adopt remote working technology for their lawyers and staff grappled with new social distancing limitations on their traditional approach to practice. Some firms were forced to furlough or lay off their people, and many well-established firms braced themselves for the predicted lack of productivity in the months ahead by reducing partner draws and cutting associate salaries.