Do law firms engage in general practice or do they specialize?
UPDATED: October 6, 2011
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Typically a law firm is a collection of persons whose talents and Practice Areas complement each other. Lawyer A may handle certain Practice Areas, and Lawyer B different Practice Areas while Lawyer C concentrates on Litigation and trial work. Such a firm can be said to engage in General Practice even though it consists of a collection of specialists.
Much depends both on the lawyers geographic setting (the smaller the geographic area, the more general the practice tends to be) and the lawyers preferences. Sometimes a single lawyer can best handle all the routine matters a particular client can generate; sometimes he or she finds it necessary or appropriate to call in a specialist.