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November 9, 2009 11:54 AM

Law Firms Cautious About ACC Ranking System

Posted by Zach Lowe

When we initially heard about the Association of Corporate Counsel's plan for a system to rank law firms based on evaluations from in-house lawyers, we didn't think the firms would be thrilled about it.

And they're not, in part because about two-thirds of the 1,500 or so evaluations already in the month-old system are anonymous, according to The National Law Journal, an Am Law Daily sibling publication. The NLJ spoke to the Zeughauser Group, the well-known consultancy whose partners say law firms have been sending negative feedback about the anonymity of the rankings. "We don't see how not sharing reviews with law firms helps accomplish ACC's mission of fostering change," one Zeughauser consultant told the NLJ.

The ACC says it has permitted anonymous reviews to encourage candor but hopes that more in-house lawyers will get comfortable putting their name and company behind a review--positive or negative, the NLJ reports.

The 1,500 or so reviews have covered 500 firms, the NLJ says.

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Funny, I used to work for an AM 100 firm that used anonymous performance reviews.

So as ye sow, so shall ye reap.

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