Goldberg Segalla Managing Partner Richard J. Cohen was recently profiled by Law360 for the journal’s “Law Firm Leaders” series. Nearly 18 years ago, Rick and seven attorneys founded the firm with a vision of rejecting what he describes as “the dysfunction endemic” to most law firms. In the interview, Rick discusses Goldberg Segalla’s founding principles, his resistance to taking part in a merger, the state of the billable hour, diversity in the legal industry, and more.
“We tried to create a firm of extremely talented people that wanted to work in a team-oriented environment, where, after proving to our client community that we do things as well or better than other firms, the next most important thing is always doing whatever we could to achieve synergy, at every turn and every level,” Rick says. “So we created a set of very simple, very pragmatic core values, and we pledge allegiance to them. We recognized that no matter how good those core values were, ultimately they would only be sustaining if we created a community of people who would be willing to abide by those values.”
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