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Sign might remain for awhile, but internal changes underway for Buist (access required)

As the longtime Charleston firm of Buist Moore Smythe McGee readied for its May 2 debut as Womble Carlyle's newest office, one detail seemed to escape managing partners at both firms last week. Would the Womble Carlyle sign be up on the former Buist Moore offices on this first Monday morning after the North Carolina giant completed its April 30 acquisition?

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Smith Moore opens Charleston office, takes on established lawyers (access required)

Two weeks after North Carolina giant Womble Carlyle announced its acquisition of a Charleston firm, the regional law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood also has opened an office in the port city. The move expands the firm's footprint in the Southeast and positions it for growth in an area of economic vitality, Smith Moore Leatherwood chairman Rob Marcus told Lawyers Weekly. "Charleston is becoming a very vibrant business market," Marcus said. "We've been excited to see Charleston grow and we wanted to be part of that growth."

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Coach’s Corner: What makes a law firm a good place to work?

Every law firm is, or should be, a team, with lawyers, staff and support personnel committed to a team effort for providing the best possible service and work product for the benefit of clients. Involving everyone in the office so that they feel a sense of inclusiveness, understanding their roles and looking forward to exercising them, creates a better and more successful firm. At too many law firms, unfortunately, this does not exist.

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90-year-old Greenville firm enters ‘new era’ with new name (access required)

Even as it celebrated 90 years of service to clients inside and outside the Palmetto State, one of South Carolina's largest law firms changed its name in what its executive chairman called a new era in its history. Greenville-based Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham announced its reincarnation as Wyche P.A. at an April 12 anniversary party at the firm's offices next to downtown Greenville's Falls Park. Wyche lawyers and staff members, along with friends and families, applauded as Greenville Mayor Knox White proclaimed the date as Wyche P.A. Day.

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NC giant Womble Carlyle to take on Charleston’s Buist Moore (access required)

North Carolina powerhouse Womble Carlyle is entering the Charleston market by acquiring the city's largest law firm. In a merger fueled by the prospect of rapid economic growth in the Charleston area, North Carolina's largest law firm is joining forces with Buist Moore Smythe McGee. They will complete the deal on April 30, partners at both firms told Lawyers Weekly. "We're just very excited. We think this is a great opportunity," said Henry B. Smythe Jr. (pictured), managing director of Buist Moore.

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Coach’s Corner: Public virtue versus private violation

Many of the largest law firms strive to be paragons of public virtue in their programs intended to foster social responsibility. Pro bono service is the most obvious example. Nearly 15 years ago the American Bar Association and the Pro Bono Institute launched the "Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge" for larger firms with more than 50 lawyers to make an institutional, rather than an individual lawyer, pro bono commitment.

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Coach’s Corner: You must define when payment is delinquent

If a lawyer fails to specify a "pay by" date for a client, at what point, if any, can the client legally be considered delinquent for failing to pay? This question is essential to "The Business of Law®." Every engagement should begin with an enforceable written agreement on services to be provided and fee to be charged. ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5 states that "the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client will be responsible shall be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation."

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