June 1, 2021
And what a year it has been.
Back in the early spring of 2020, independent of the initial shockwaves of Covid-19 that were creeping across the globe, we sat down and surveyed the state of the legal industry and the state of our practice. The conclusions we drew were as obvious as they were inescapable.
First, chaining the delivery of legal services to ponderous and outsized law firms was rapidly slipping into obsolescence. Second, the inwardly focused demands of BigLaw were actually damaging our attorney client relationships. “Surely,” we optimistically thought, “the promising trends towards attorney flexibility and specialization can be paired with emerging technologies to provide an alternative to the inefficiency and waste that is burdening our clients.”
The rough contours of a lean and nimble law firm immediately took shape. Our gears instantly started turning as we strategized how to best unbundle our highly specialized and sophisticated software licensing services from the confines of full-service law firms. We tentatively planned a summer launch eagerly anticipating the freedom of bring our legal services directly to our clients.
And then Covid-19 revealed its true colors and the game changed for everyone. Lockdowns were put in place, business emptied their premises and, almost overnight, every business in every industry across the globe was grappling with existential questions.
It was against this unpredictable and tumultuous backdrop that, on June 1, 2020, we threw open the proverbial doors of Beeman & Muchmore. Heading directly into the market armed with decades of experience as partners in the largest and most prominent law firms in the country, we trusted our instincts that the legal industry is best served by embracing change rather than resisting it.
And our firm has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations. If this past year has taught us anything, it is that Beeman & Muchmore is at the forefront of an exciting and necessary evolution in the world of unbundled law firms. It is no secret: aided in no small part by the pandemic, businesses are drastically reimagining their legal services, handling an increasing range of needs in-house and supplementing the rest with highly specialized counseling. Armed with our hard-fought micro-specialty of Oracle (and other) software licensing and auditing services, we are proud to be among the very first law firms to bring a specific unbundled legal service to the complex commercial law space.
It seems a fitting bookend that now, on our one-year anniversary, many of us are beginning to emerge from the pandemic (with many many more soon to follow). As we all collectively begin fully exploring just what our new world is and what it means to us, we continue to unwaveringly adhere to the mantra that launched our firm a year ago: the best is yet to come.