Susman & Keker in 10 years

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Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:30 pm

What do these firms look like in 10 years? Steve Susman seems to be about 76 and John Keker about 73.

I know there is no scientifically accurate way of answering this, but do folks generally think those firms thrive beyond the retirement of their major namesakes?

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Jchance » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:37 pm

Just look at the history of all the biglaw firms now. They all used to be boutiques that began with 2-4 people. Their names have lived on, although the founders passed away.

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:49 pm

Just look at the history of all the biglaw firms now.


It cannot possibly be as simple as that. Were those firms of roughly equal size when their named partners retired/passed? What portion of their business came in through the named partners while they still worked there? Did other partners regularly appear at the top of the caption in the earlier years?

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Just look at the history of all the biglaw firms now.


It cannot possibly be as simple as that. Were those firms of roughly equal size when their named partners retired/passed? What portion of their business came in through the named partners while they still worked there? Did other partners regularly appear at the top of the caption in the earlier years?


Also look at the history of firms that don't exist anymore because the main partners left/died.

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby kalvano » Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:32 pm

A more interesting question is why this was posted anonymously.

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:36 pm

Eh, someone might be considering a job at either of these places. It's fine to post that anonymously.


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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Eldon Tyrell » Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:41 pm

If you have the qualifications for susman or keker I think you could weather quite a bit of firm turbulence. I also think these firms are gonna be relatively stable compared to others.

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:09 am

Eh, someone might be considering a job at either of these places. It's fine to post that anonymously.


This, in combination with an offer from a much newer lit boutique. Trying to figure out what each will look like in 5 years. I agree that Keker and Susman are both likely to remain stable, just want to see if others agree.

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:34 am

Munger provides a pretty good example. Charlie munger stopped practicing and Leroy tolles passed away, and ron olson barely practices now. But the firm has developed a deep bench with so many other 'rainmakers' that it hardly matters that the named partners are out, and the same goes for susman and keker.

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Re: Susman & Keker in 10 years

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:50 pm

That's really helpful - I think MTO is a good model for comparison to both Susman & Keker. Thank you.



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