Center for Law and Economic Studies
What do business lawyers really do? Embarrassingly enough, at a time when lawyers are criticized with increasing frequency as nonproductive actors in the economy, there seems to be no coherent answer. That is not, of course, to say that answers have not been offered; there are a number of familiar responses that we have all heard or, what is worse, that we have all offered at one time or another without really thinking very hard about them. The problem is that, for surprisingly similar reasons, none of them is very helpful.
Ronald J. Gilson,
Value Creation by Business Lawyers: Legal Skills and Asset Pricing,
Yale L. J.
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