One question continues to keep law firm leaders up at night: Would we lose our culture, and with it, our success, with a partially or fully remote workforce?

Leaders at large and midsize firms seem to think so, and that's why they are encouraging firm lawyers to return to their offices as safely as possible. In interviews, most pushed back against the notion that post-pandemic law firms can operate remotely indefinitely.

Bill Perry, CEO of 190-attorney Gunster, said the firm is still figuring out how to share collective wisdom among the firm's lawyers when everyone is virtual. "It's more difficult than talking to someone at the coffee pot, so getting people back together is going to be important when it's safe to do so," Perry said.

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Dan Roe

I'm a reporter covering the business of law, focusing on Florida-based and national law firms for the Daily Business Review, The American Lawyer, Law.com and other ALM publications. Reach me at: [email protected] or on Twitter at @dan_roe_.