Vanderbilt Law Review

First Page



Part I of this Book Review examines the two business management models -- the autocratic and the "good" -- that Ewing discusses in his book and concludes that the "good" management model serves well as the basis for the law firm management theory that this Book Review proposes. Part II outlines the provisions of the Model Rules that are relevant to law firm management. Part III introduces this reviewer's theory of the fiduciary duties of law firm partners and their associates. Part IV gives a hypothetical example of two law firm associates who face a series of dilemmas when a law firm partner instructs them regarding the representation of a corporate client. Part IV offers solutions, first under the Model Rules alone, then under a combination of the Model Rules and the fiduciary theory. This juxtaposition demonstrates the more comprehensive guidance that the fiduciary theory can provide. Part V concludes that the fiduciary theory complements the Model Rules and Ewing's "good" management model and creates a management theory that is desirable for law firms.