Non-attorneys Bring Business Skills to Law Firms

The Nashville Post reports that the local legal sector is seeing an increase in the number of non-lawyers being added to key management positions at law firms. Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, for example, has hired its first chief operating officer. At Waddey & Patterson, a non-lawyer firm administrator oversees all accounting, billing, human resources, advertising, technology and health insurance efforts and initiatives. And the firm administrator at Stites & Harbison has an educational background that involves political science and information systems. Interviewed for the story, these management professions predict the trend will increase and that opportunities will expand as the current crop of administrators tends to be age 45 and older and likely to retire in coming years. (Subscription required.)