Paper Lawyer Directories Struggle Against Net

Paper Lawyer Directories Struggle Against Net. Interesting article from “In 2000, Chicago's Sidley & Austin decided it no longer wanted to be listed in Martindale-Hubbell. At the time, firms of Sidley's size were paying Martindale around $250,000, said a source familiar with the directory debate. Sidley & Austin, which went on to merge with New York's Brown & Wood and is now the 10th largest law firm in the world at 1,400 lawyers, is presently the largest not to have a profile in Martindale-Hubbell. The Internet has made directories less important, said Sidley Austin Chairman Thomas Cole, and information about lawyers can be presented more easily and effectively on a firm's own Web site. Moreover, the business opportunities generated by a directory listing were questionable, he said. ” []

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