What's to Become of the Legal Profession? focuses on the recent past and the future of the practice of law in the United States. Trotter explains why the challenges faced by the legal profession today are no more intimidating than the major challenges of the last half century, and how the new challenges are likely to be addressed. While change will continue, the legal profession has demonstrated the ability to adjust and prosper in the changing legal environment.
All three books are readable and entertaining for lawyers and non-lawyers alike and will benefit many types of readers. College students thinking about law school (as well as the counselors who advise them) will be better able to handicap their prospects for a satisfying and prosperous career as a lawyer. New lawyers will acquire insights into the challenges they face and how they can be overcome. Lawyers in the middle of their careers will gain a better understanding of their options, and of the skills they need to hone in order to remain successful in their careers. Retired lawyers may gain a better perspective on their own careers and the forces that shaped them. The books will hold the attention of business executives interested in managing their legal requirements and costs, and anyone interested in the life of lawyers in the major American firms or the role of the legal profession in America's business and economic life.
Michael Trotter has written and spoken frequently on the history and economics of the legal profession in America since the end of World War II and its prospects in the future. He was the Keynote Presenter at the October 2013 national conference sponsored by The NALP Foundation on "TOMORROW'S LAW PRACTICE: A FORUM ON THE MARKET, DEMAND AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAWYERS," during the 2015-16 year he served as Chair of the Law Firm Finance Committee of the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association, and he is currently teaching courses at the Emory University Law School on The Evolution of the Practice of Law and of Law Practice Economics and on The Future of the Legal Profession.
Mr. Trotter's studies of law firm growth, change and the future have combined the perspectives of a successful practicing attorney, an experienced law firm manager, and a historian. As a partner in two of the largest and most successful firms in America (the predecessors of Alston & Bird and of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton) and three entrepreneurial law firms, he has been a keen student of the economics and ethos of modern law practice. He is currently a Senior Counsel in the "New Model" law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.
Michael H. Trotter received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1962 and his B.A. degree from Brown University cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1958. Prior to attending law school, he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in the Harvard University Ph.D. Program in American History and was awarded a Master's Degree in History in 1959.